Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
The Magpies were undone at Southport by a four-goal glut in the first half that left the visitors with just too much to do after the break.
Southport made four changes from the side that lost 4-0 at home to Telford as Mathew Platt, Liam Edwards, Ryan Astles & Jason Gilchrist came in.
Chorley went with an unchanged starting XI for the third game running, but Louis Almond returned to the squad after suspension.
Southport: Handford; Platt, Ogle, Edwards, Astles, Morgan (c), Green (Richards, 90’+5), Wood, Gilchrist (Homson-Smith, 81′), Sampson, Charles (Archer, 90+3). Subs not used: Lacey, Tibbetts.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather (McGurk, 69′), Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver, Wilson (Almond, 64′), E.Newby (Hooper, 76′). Subs not used: Cottrell, Jordan.
Jason Gilchrist and Alex Newby traded efforts in the opening 10 minutes as both sides adapted to the swirling wind that was moving the ball all over the place.
Dion Charles’ soon had the ball swerving too much for Matt Urwin, who had to punch away the winger’s free kick, only for a rebound to fall onto the head of Jack Sampson giving the hosts an 11th minute lead.
Andy Teague, Marcus Carver and Courtney Meppen-Walter had half chances to equalise as The Magpies quickly respond to falling behind, but with one breakaway the Sandgrounders doubled their advantage through a low Devarn Green strike on 20 minutes.
The third arrived on 25 minutes. Courtney Meppen-Walter and Scott Leather left the ball for each other, Jason Gilchrist nipped in only to be taken out by Leather. Charles did the honours from 12 yards.
A glimmer of hope arrived on the half hour when Elliot Newby was sent free down the left and his cross found brother Alex at the back post to tap home.
That hope was short lived as Southport restored their three-goal advantage before half time. Charles was again at the centre of things as he shimmed past a couple of challenges before picking his spot from the edge of the box.
It took 11 minutes after the restart for Chorley to ramp up the pressure on the home side. Carver ran free down the right, cut inside, and with no help let fly. Dan Hanford saved the shot but Alex was quickest to the rebound for his fifth in four games.
Louis Almond, Adam McGurk and James Hooper were thrown on as The Magpies continued to probe for the goals they needed, but it wasn’t enough as the home side made it five in the last minute through Sampson. Alex’s looping header completed his hat trick, and the scoring, in injury time, but by then it was too late.
HT 4-1 / FT 5-3
Goals: Sampson (11′, 90′), Green (20′), Charles (25′, 37′); A.Newby (30′, 56′, 90’+1)
Cautions: Carver (36′), Blakeman (67′), Teague (89′)
Referee: Dean Watson
Assistants: Paul Roots & Darren Brown
Attendance: 1,542 (453 away fans)
Weather: Bright & breezy
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