Match RecapChorley 3 Barrow AFC 2

The Magpies produced a stunning second half comeback, scoring three times in 26 minutes, to dump Barrow out of the FA Cup.

Team News

The Magpies made three changes from Telford with Josh O’Keefe, Alex Newby & Louis Almond all fully recovered from injury and in the starting XI.

Barrow made two changes to the side that lost at Bromley last Saturday, as Brian Wilson & Rhys Norrington-Davies came in for Granite & Lee Molyneux.


Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby (Glynn, 60′), O’Keefe, Carver, Almond (Whitham, 88′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Cottrell, Anson, Jordan, Lazarus, Eccles.

Barrow: Firth; Brown, Wilson, Jones, Norrington-Davies; Rooney (Mulholland, 83′), Taylor (c), Sousa (Kay, 72′), Burgess, Hindle, Smith. Subs not used: Dixon, Jameson, Molyneux, Jennings, Barthram.


Despite an even opening to the game Barrow grabbed the lead on 16 minutes when former Magpies Luke Burgess tapped home from a yard out after a great play down the left.

Chorley responded in a positive fashion. Andy Firth in the visiting goal had to be at his best to tip a deflected Matt Challoner cross over the bar and a Courtney Meppen-Walter free-kick from 20 yards hit the wall.

A succession of corners came and went with the Bluebirds coping admirably against the threat of Adam Blakeman’s deliveries.

Then, on the stroke of half time, a mix-up between Andy Teague and Matt Urwin allowed Tyler Smith to roll the ball into an empty net to put Barrow in control of the tie.

Within a minute of the restart Chorley got themselves right back in the game. Matt Challoner strode onto Alex Newby’s pass, took a touch and finished across the ‘keeper from 20 yards.

A full-on onslaught put the visitors under so much pressure they began to wilt away at the back. Rhys Norrington-Davies’ horrendous back header found Almond, who proded past the onrushing Firth from outside the box to level the tie.

Four minutes later The Magpies had the lead. Kieran Glynn superbly won back possession and in a flash Carver was finishing ruthlessly under Firth from a tight angle to send Victory Park wild.

Man of the match chosen by NFU Mutual & Anytime Fitness: Marcus Carver

That’s what he said

“It was a brilliant performance, especially in the second half. We knew coming out after half time that we’d need to star well and we did just that. To be in the hat is fantastic and we can’t wait for Monday’s draw” – Jamie Vermiglio


HT 0-2 /FT 3-2
Goals: Challoner (46′), Almond (67′), Carver (71′); Burgess (16′), Smith (45’+2)
Cautions:  Leather (45’+1), Almond (73′) E.Newby (80′), Carver (90′); Hindle (34′), Brown (37′), Norrington-Davies (76′)
Shots: Chorley 14 Barrow 11
Corners: Chorley 10 Barrow 1
Fouls: Chorley 13 Barrow 4
Attendance: 1,734
Referee: Andrew Miller
Assistants: Daniel Woodward & Robert Hathaway
Fourth official: Daniel Issawi
Weather: Calm & overcast

Next up

A return to Vanarama National League North action with a trip to Bradford (Park Avenue) next Saturday (3pm). Admission to the Horsfall Stadium costs £12 adults, £9 concessions, £7 students & £2 under-16s.

Away travel is also available for the game, with the coach leaving Brindle Street at 12:45pm.

*Reporting by Alex Birch, Chris Park & Oran Willis




Chorley FC is a non-league football club based in Lancashire, currently playing in the fifth tier of the English football pyramid.

Founded in 1875 as a rugby club before converting to football in 1883, The Magpies have played at their Victory Park home since 1920, reached the FA Cup Second Round twice and won a record 18 Lancashire FA Challenge Trophies.



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