Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
Chorley’s Emirates FA Cup adventured ended for another year as they found League One Doncaster, on their home turf, just too good on a bitterly cold evening in South Yorkshire.
Doncaster brought in Matty Blair & Alfie May following their 2-1 home win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The Magpies made four changes to the side that comprehensively beat Kidderminster on Saturday. Adam Anson, Scott Leather, Louis Almond & Alex Newby started with Matt Challoner, Elliot Newby & Marcus Carver suspended. Stephen Jordan dropped to the bench.
Doncaster: Lawlor, Mason, Andrew, T.Anderson, Butler (c), Whiteman (Rowe, 46’), Blair, Kane (Crawford, 70′), Coppinger (Taylor, 46’), Marquis, May. Subs not used: Marosi, Beestin, Amos, Blaney.
Chorley: Urwin, Anson, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather (Jordan, 64′), Meppen-Walter, Cottrell, O’Keefe, Almond, Wilson (Noble-Lazarus, 71′), A.Newby (Whitham, 59′). Subs not used: Lussey, O’Brien, Lenehan, Eccles.
After an end-to-end first few minutes the hosts took the lead when Alfie May fired in off the far post, giving Matt Urwin no chance. The presence of Andy Teague prevented Chorley going further behind, as Rovers tried to finish off the tie early doors, when Matty Blair shot the wrong side of the post from four yards out.
James Coppinger then hit the post after rounding Urwin, before Blair’s acrobatic effort was superbly tipped over by Urwin. John Marquis also had an effort blocked. All this within the first 15 minutes of the game.
A dumbed down five-minute spell ended with Rovers doubling their advantage. Tom Anderson’s towering header was nodded home from a yard out by Blair.
Herbie Kane scored another long ranger to make it 3-0 with just under half an hour gone, followed by May’s second from close range two minutes later. May’s hat trick came from close range on 35 minutes following a brilliant initial save by Urwin.
The only real drama during the early exchanges of the second half was two bookings in 10 minutes for Doncaster’s lumbering centre half Tom Anderson.
Marquis went close to adding a sixth for Rovers as the action threatened to heat up, before the forward had a penalty superbly saved by Urwin after being brought down by the Chorley ‘keeper, giving the sizeable away following something to cheer.
May’s fourth of the night came when the forward fired low past Urwin with nine minutes remaining, before Marquis completed the scoring with a stunning left footed shot into the top corner, giving Urwin no chance.
That’s what he said
We’ve come up against a very good side and unfortunately the game is basically over after 30 minutes. The game still in my mind is our victory at Kiddy on Saturday and we’ll look to carry the confidence of that result into this weekend at Stockport – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 5-0 / FT 7-0
Goals: May (7’, 30’, 36’ & 81′), Blair (21’), Kane (28’), Marquis (85′)
Cautions: Anderson (48’ & 58′)
Dismissals: Anderson (58′)
Shots: Doncaster 24 Chorley 4
Fouls: Doncaster 9 Chorley 9
Corners: Doncaster 7 Chorley 2
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Mark Cunliffe & Wade Smith
Fourth official: Garreth Rhodes
Attendance: 3,048 (599 away fans)
Weather: Cold & still
We enter the FA Trophy at the third round qualifying stage on Saturday, making the familiar trip to south Manchester to face Stockport County (3pm).