Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
The Magpies produced a stunning second half display to swat away a dangerous Altrincham side and open up a six-point lead at the top of the table.
Chorley made one change to the side that drew at Hereford, with Scott Leather returning in place of Lewis Baines. Altrincham were unchanged from their win at Boston United.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, O’Keefe (Cottrell, 70′), Carver, Wilson (Hooper, 86′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Baines, Eccles.
Altrincham: Thompson; White, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult (c), Johnston (Mantack, 76′), Richman (Sang, 81′), Hulme, Hancock, Harrop (Williams, 81′). Subs not used: Densmore, Harrison.
The visitors had the better of the first half and took the lead with the first real chance. John Johnston cut in from the right and forced Matt Urwin to palm out at full stretch; unfortunately the ball fell to Max Harrop who return it with interest past the Chorley number one.
Josh Hancock almost doubled the Robins’ lead, but luckily his 30-yard free kick pinged off the top of the bar. Chorley grew into the game thereafter but couldn’t get close to an equaliser, apart from when Adam Blakeman’s long range drive was deflected wide by teammate Alex Newby.
A much-improved Chorley grabbed an equaliser 10 minutes into the second half, after a succession of corners had put the visitors under pressure. Alex, growing more into the game, picked the ball up, played a one-two with Josh Wilson and buried his effort low past Tony Thompson.
The go-ahead-goal was even better. Marcus Carver hit a diagonal ball into the box and Wilson chested the ball past a defender before hammering home past the onrushing Thompson.
Alex’s second settled matters six minutes from time, when a miss-hit cross from Blakeman fell to Chorley’s number seven who hit a low volley into the corner from 20 yards.
Courtney Meppen-Walter’s fourth, a header from Blakeman’s injury time corner, put the icing on the cake of what was a superb second half display.
Man-of-the-match: Alex Newby
HT 0-1 / FT 4-1
Goals: A.Newby (55′, 84′), Wilson (65′), Meppen-Walter (90’+3); Harrop (23′)
Cautions: Meppen-Walter (16′), Wilson (45’+1), Carver (77′); Johnston (44′), Moult (70′)
Referee: Tom Parsons
Assistants: Jake Topp & Tom Elliott
Weather: Dull & drizzly
Winning 50/50 ticket: A008073 (£150) UNCLAIMED
Next up: Back to Victory Park next Saturday for the visit of Guiseley. Once again admission is £12 adults, £9 over-60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE accompanied under-12s.