Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
A brilliant second display saw Chorley score three times without reply to kill off the stubborn challenge of FC United.
Both sides made one change from Saturday. Elliot Simoes started ahead of Tom Peers from FC United and The Magpies handed a debut to recent goalie signing from Warrington Tony McMillan.
FC United: Allinson; Senior, Richards, O’Halloran, Lynch, Potts (c), Simoes (White, 69′), Wallen, Sharp (Banister, 69′), Willoughby, Donohue (Peers, 56′). Subs not used: Palinkas, Milligan.
Chorley: McMillan; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c) (Hooper, 77′), Baines, Jordan (Meppen-Walter, 39′), A.Newby (Cottrell, 69′), O’Keefe, Carver, Wilson, E.Newby. Subs not used: Lee, Eccles.
The Magpies got off to the perfect start, taking the lead on seven minutes. Lewis Baines’ centre was inexplicably dropped under no pressure by home goalie Lloyd Allinson, allowing Josh Wilson to tee up Marcus Carver for a simple finish.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as at the third time of asking a ball into the box on 15 minutes beat the defence allowing Chris Lynch to deflect home from a couple of yards out.
The rest of the half was very even, with the visitors shading it on chances created. Josh O’Keefe had a goal disallowed for offside, Wilson tested Allinson’s reflexes and Andy Teague glanced over from Wilson’s initial header.
More opportunities followed at the start of the second half but neither Elliot or Alex Newby could find the target as Chorley turned up the pressure which eventually resulted in another lead.
Adam Blakeman floated a corner over from the left and Wilson rose to head home from eight yards with an hour gone.
Four minutes later Chorley had their third; Wilson again finding the net after Matt Challoner’s initial effort was deflected on goal by Elliot, only for Allinson to parry into the path of The Magpies’ number 10.
Wilson was involved again as The Magpies finished the game off with 15 minutes remaining, as his defence-splitting through ball was clinically buried by Carver.
There was still time for both ‘keepers to produce heroics. Firstly McMillan tipped a Tom Peers header over the bar, before Allinson denied Wilson a second hat trick of the season with a phenomenal point-blank save from another Blakeman set piece.
That’s what he said
I thought we were excellent today and really deserved the three points. We’re struggling a bit for bodies at the moment so everyone has put a shift in and we’ve got our reward for that – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 1-1 / FT 1-4
Goals: Lynch (15′); Carver (7′, 75′), Wilson (61′, 65′)
Cautions: Richards (85′), Senior (90’+3); O’Keefe (59′)
Referee: Michael Barlow
Assistants: Ian Walsh & Luis Griffiths
Weather: Dry & mild
Another visit to Greater Manchester on Saturday when we take on Curzon Ashton at the Tameside Stadium (3pm). Admission is £12 adults, £6 over-65/students & FREE under-16s.
Seats are still available on the Coach Options supporters’ bus, which leaves Brindle Street at 1pm; £12.50 adults/£10.50 accompanied under-16s.