Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
The Magpies returned to the top of the Vanarama National League North with a dominant attacking display, scoring four goals against FC United for the second time within a week.
The Magpies made one change from Saturday’s victory at Curzon Ashton with Alex Newby returning in place of Jake Cottrell.
The Reds swapped in Jan Palinkas, Harry Winter & Tom Peers for Josh Wallen, Joel Senior & Chris Sharp.
Chorley: McMillan; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c) (Leather, 46′), Baines, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby (Almond, 68′), O’Keefe, Carver, Wilson (Cottrell, 79′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Hooper, Eccles.
FC United: Allinson; Palinkas (Wallen, 55′), Richards, O’Halloran, Lynch, Potts (c), Simoes (Sharp, 75′), Winter, Peers, Willoughby, Donohue. Subs not used: White, Banister, Milligan.
Chorley heaped the pressure on the visitors from the get-go, winning numerous corners and creating a good number of half chances. But it was from an FC United error that the first proper opportunity came and went, when Marcus Carver shot wide after being put through by a Harry Winter back pass.
Tom Peers almost gave the visitors the lead on a rare attack, beating three players before shooting just wide from outside the box. Kurt Willoughby also went close with a vicious free kick from 30 yards, before Josh Wilson headed a Matt Challoner cross straight at Lloyd Allinson with the game ebbing away into half time.
The game changed within six minutes of the restart. FC United’s Michael Donohue was dismissed for a late challenge on Matt Challoner on 50 minutes, the midfielder’s second booking, and barely a minute later Alex teed up Elliot in the box for his fifth of the season, beating the ‘keeper and a desperate lunge by a defender on the line.
After further half chances during a period of utter dominance from the home side, Elliot’s second goal sealed the points with 15 minutes to go. Louis Almond started a move that involved Carver and Elliot, before the latter dispatched past Allinson following a one-two with Almond in the box.
Josh O’Keefe’s bullet header from Adam Blakeman’s corner gave the score line some added gloss, and the midfielder’s second two minutes later put more than an exclamation point on proceedings; slamming home Blakeman’s centre after some iffy defending left him alone in the six yard box.
Man-of-the-match: Elliot Newby
HT 0-0 / FT 4-0
Goals: E.Newby (51′, 76′), O’Keefe (80′, 82′)
Cautions: Donohue (19′ & 50′)
Dismissals: Donohue (50′)
Referee: Lewis Smith
Assistants: Mark Ryder & Anthony Ball
Weather: Mild & overcast
Winning 50/50 ticket: A 001391 (CLAIMED)
Next up: A visit to Hereford on Saturday for another Vanarama National League North fixture. Admission (seating/standing) is £15/£13 adults, £14/£12 over-65s, £8/£7 16-18s, £2 under-16s & FREE under-5s.
Coach Options away travel is also available priced £12.50 adults & £10.50 accompanied under-16s.