Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
Chorley saw off the challenge of Guiseley with ease to tighten their grip on the National League North top spot
The Magpies were unchanged from the 4-1 defeat of Altrincham. New signing Adam McGurk made the bench alongside the fit-again Stephen Jordan.
The Lions brought in Alex Purver for Cliff Moyo in their only change from last weekend and featured five changes from the one that lost to Chorley back in August.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman (Cottrell, 51′), Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver (Hooper, 74′), Wilson (McGurk, 69′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Jordan, Eccles.
Guiseley: Dewhurst; Cantrill, Heaton, Purver, Langley (Thornton, 72′), Halls (c), Felix (Smith, 67′), James, Liburd, Odejayi (Clayton, 81′), Morrison. Subs not used: Worsnop, Ceesay.
The Magpies started the game at a good tempo and struck the front on 10 minutes when Courtney Meppen-Walter’s raking Crossfield ball was swung into the box by Matt Challoner for Josh Wilson to score his 10th of the season.
The rest of the half saw mainly Chorley pressure, but they couldn’t find a second goal. Wilson and Elliot Newby went close with efforts from outside the box, and Alex Newby shot straight at Marcus Dewhurst after beautiful interplay had put the number seven through on goal.
At the other end Kaine Felix couldn’t quite get on the end of a low cross from the left with the goal at his mercy and Niall Heaton’s long throw gave the home defence some food for thought, but otherwise it was a comfortable opening stanza.
Within three minutes of the restart the lead had been doubled. Challoner found Adam Blakeman in space down the left and the left back strode forward before finding the bottom corner from 20 yards for his 10th of the season.
The third followed just after the hour when Alex hammered a loose ball past Dewhurst from 20 yards after Guiseley failed to clear their lines properly.
Sub James Hooper was close to a fourth after being set up b debutant Adam McGurk, but Dewhurst was equal to the forward’s effort. The game slowly wound down for the final 10 minutes, with the visitors suitably subdued by an excellent Chorley display.
Man-of-the-match: Adam Blakeman
HT 1-0 / FT 3-0
Goals: Wilson (10′), Blakeman (48′), A.Newby (61′)
Referee: Adam Williamson
Assistants: Sam Ross & Anthony Parkinson
Weather: Cold & dry
Winning 50/50 ticket: A 10588
Next up: We visit York City next Saturday for another Vanarama National League clash. Kick-off is 3pm and admission costs £14 adults, £10 over-65s/18-21s, £5 under-18s & FREE under-5s.
Away travel is available for this game priced at the normal £12.50 adults & £10.50 accompanied under-16s.