Words: Steve Topping; Pictures: Keith Bowes
Looking to turn their recent run of defeats around, The Magpies faced a difficult fixture against a Bolton side buoyed by some excellent recent cup results.
After an early exchange of corners it was Bolton who settled into their stride quickest. Their pacy attacks forced several corners but the home defence held firm. The visitors were looking sharp and their midfield continued to force the pace. A lively attack down the right resulted in a wicked cross which looked goal-bound; Rachel Darbyshire parried it away, only for Saffron Newhouse to stabbed the rebound home.
Bolton attacked again and a dangerous one on one situation was brilliantly thwarted by Megan Searson. Chorley then began to settle, the midfield began to get to grips with their opponents, and with Rebecca Kemp, Michelle Saunders and Abi Fenton starting to look lively, the hosts managed to create a few half chances.
The second half saw Chorley begin charged up, and from an early corner Searson lobbed the ball back after an initial clearance, causing panic in the box. In attempting to clear, the Bolton defender inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net.
A good move between Saunders and Kemp resulted in a good effort by Katy Morris, before half way through the half a dangerous corner resulted in several goal attempts but Bolton managed to clear.
Both teams battled hard for supremacy, but neither was able to break the deadlock. The game ended with a Chorley half chance when the ‘keeper fumbled the ball, but the visitors managed to clear.
Chorley: Darbyshire; Mitchell, Searson, Nickson, Topping; Worth, Morris, Walker (c) (Malpus, 70′); Kemp, Fenton (Stocks, 83′), Saunders.
HT 0-1 / FT 1-1
Goals: Own goal; Newhouse
Referee: Abbie Hamer
Next Up: The second installment against Bolton Wanderers at Atherton Collieries’ Skuna Stadium next Sunday (2pm).