Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
The Magpies suffered a second defeat at Edgeley Park within a month, falling out of the FA Trophy at the first time of asking against National League North rivals Stockport County.
County swapped in Jamie Stott & Paul Turnbull for Sam Walker & Sam Minihan following their 3-2 defeat at Blyth Spartans in midweek.
The Magpies made two changes from Tuesday’s FA Cup loss at Doncaster with Stephen Jordan & Elliot Newby returning in place of Scott Leather & Alex Newby.
Stockport: Hinchliffe, Cowan, Duxbury, Keane, Palmer, Stott, Thomas, Turnbull (c) (Walker, 60′), Mulhern (Bell, 81′), Osborne, Warburton (Stephenson, 67′). Subs not used: Minihan, Ormson.
Chorley: Urwin, Anson, Blakeman, Teague (c) (A.Newby, 66′), Meppen-Walter (Lussey, 46′), Jordan, Cottrell (Carver, 73′), O’Keefe, Almond, Wilson, E.Newby. Subs not used: Whitham, Noble-Lazarus.
The Magpies started the game with purpose and had the chance to take the lead with only six minutes gone, after Louis Almond was fouled in the box. Unfortunately, top scorer Adam Blakeman saw his spot kick saved by Ben Hinchliffe.
Adam Thomas whistled a shot just wide as the hosts responded positively to their early struggles and Elliot Osborne also struck one from distance that had Matt Urwin momentarily worried. Then, an Osborne corner eluded everyone only to hit defender Ashley Palmer and deflect in from a yard out, putting the hosts a goal to the good.
Elliot Newby and Paul Turnbull traded long range daisy cutters after the 18th minute opener, as the half, already very scrappy, petered out.
Chorley were unlucky not to level matters as the second half began. Louis Almond sent sub Jordan Lussey away down the right, but his cross was deflected onto the post and out for a corner. Almond then stung the hands of Hincliffe as the visitors upped the ante in search of an equaliser, only for County to go right down the other end and double their lead.
Another corner from the left was again bundled home from close range at the back post, this time by Jamie Stott. The third and final goal arrived just two minutes later when Adam Thomas sent a looping header beyond Urwin from 8 yards.
That’s what he said
I thought we were the better side on the ball but we gave the ball away too much and conceded too many goals. For some reason today we didn’t defend well at set pieces and it cost us. I’m gutted we’ve lost – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 1-0 / FT 3-0
Goals: Palmer (18′), Stott (53′), Thomas (55′)
Cautions: Jordan (60′)
Shots: Stockport 14 Chorley 10
Fouls: Stockport 12 Chorley 6
Corners: Stockport 11 Chorley 3
Referee: Scott Simpson
Assistants: Leslie Sinclair & Kieron Salmons
Attendance: 1,245 (98 away fans)
Weather: Calm (9c)
Back to Vanarama National League North action next Saturday against Boston United at Victory Park. Admission: £12 adults, £9 over-60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students, £5 12-16 & FREE under-12s.