Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
The Magpies fought back from a difficult first half to claim a share of the points against Boston United on a wet and miserable afternoon at Victory Park.
Chorley made two changes from the previous Saturday with Alex Newby & Marcus Carver returning to the starting XI for Jake Cottrell & Josh Wilson.
Boston were unchanged after thrashing Ashton United in the FA Trophy.
Chorley: Urwin, Anson, Blakeman, Teague (c) (Hooper, 86′), Meppen-Walter, Jordan, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver, Almond (Wilson, 86′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Whitham, Cottrell, Lussey.
Boston: Willis (c), Davies, Jackson, Thanoj, Harris, Qaulter, Wright (Thewlis, 68′), Abbott, Allott, Agnew (Rollins, 77′), Walker (Gibbens, 89). Subs not used: Slew, Malkowski.
A scrappy game only really came to life when Boston ‘keeper George Willis handled outside his area after 20 minutes. Luckily for the visitors’ number one, he was equal to the resulting Adam Blakeman set piece.
The Magpies started to get on top thereafter and could have taken the lead only for Willis to save smartly from Louis Almond after a brilliant through ball by Alex Newby. Newby’s rebound effort was also dealt with in standard fashion.
Then, after possession was relinquished in midfield, Nicky Walker used the space in behind to his advantage, lashing a left footed shot past Matt Urwin from the edge of the box to give the visitors a one-goal lead.
Elliot Newby forced Willis to save comfortably, Adam Anson went close following a surging run, and Willis suffered from a severe case of butterfingers just before half time, but still the hosts couldn’t find a goal.
The second half was also a scrappy affair for the first 10 minutes as Chorley looked to gain some momentum. Elliot had an effort blocked as The Magpies pushed hard, and from the resulting corner, Courtney Meppen-Walter rose highest to nod in Blakeman’s centre.
Marcus Carver almost edged the home side in front two minutes later, but although his shot was only partially saved by Willis, the ball dropped kindly for Boston to clear.
With their tails up, Chorley continued to pressure, with Carver going within inches again after great approach play from Elliot. Almond almost found Anson at the back post as the visitors’ defence creaked loudly.
Carver AGAIN forced Willis into heroics when a goal looked certain, and the ‘keeper was sharp to repel a driven Almond cross to safety.
Boston still carried a threat, especially when sub Jordan Thewlis came on. His cross was headed wide by towering target man Gavin Allott, but right down the other end Alex should have made Willis work instead of blasting over.
Unfortunately, Boston weathered the storm and almost won it with a couple of minutes to play, but Albanian Andi Thanoj’s 30-yard thunderbolt smashed off the crossbar.
That’s what he said
A point against Boston isn’t a bad result, but we can’t afford to go through the motions for 45 minutes. The second half we showed what we are capable of and probably could have gone on and won the game – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 0-1 / FT 1-1
Goals: Meppen-Walter (58′); Walker (31′)
Cautions: O’Keefe (35′), E.Newby (90’+3), A.Newby (90’+6); Abbott (90’+6)
Shots: Chorley 13 Boston 7
Fouls: Chorley 14 Boston 11
Corners: Chorley 9 Boston 8
Referee: Elliott Swallow
Assistants: Anthony Ball & Thomas Swift
Leamington away in the Vanarama National League North next Saturday (3pm). Admission is £12 adults, £8 over-60s, £6 students, £3 under-18s & FREE under-12s.
Away travel is still available for this game with the coach leaving Brindle Street at 10:30am; £12.50 adults & £10.50 accompanied under-16s.