Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
Alex Newby’s stunning second half strike settled a scrappy encounter in favour of The Magpies, who went three points clear at the top of the Vanarama National League North as a result.
Stephen Jordan & Louis Almond came into the Chorley starting XI for Scott Leather & Josh Wilson.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Meppen-Walter, Jordan, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver (Hooper, 90’+3), Almond (Wilson, 81′) E.Newby (Cottrell, 88′). Subs not used: McGurk, Anson.
Nuneaton: C.Belford; Obeng, Sharpe, Townsend (Morrison, 64′), Addison, Calveley, Baxendale (Nabay, 78′), Lundstram, Edmunds (Lavalle-Moore, 73′), Allen, Kelly-Evans. Subs not used: T.Belford, Birch.
The best chance of the first half fell to Marcus Carver who hammered a close range shot against the bar after rolling his marker. Half chance came and went for Adam Blakeman, Louis Almond and Josh O’Keefe, but try as they might, The Magpies couldn’t quite get a finishing touch.
The start of the second half belonged to the home side who put Borough under immense pressure. Carver forced Cam Belford into another great save from Blakeman’s cross before Alex just failed to connect on a through ball. A number of corners caused panic in the Nuneaton box, but again the visitors stood firm.
That was until Alex intervened again. This time his effort was more than adequate as the ball dropped to the forward just outside the box he sent a high looping volley over Belford for a stunning opener.
Blakeman had the chance to double the lead, but despite combining well with Carver, the left back’s effort was well saved by the onrushing Belford.
That looked to be that, until in injury time, Alex drove at Sharpe and sailed past him before the left back up-ended Chorley’s number seven. Blakeman did the honours from the spot to seal an important three points.
Man-of-the-match: Alex Newby
HT 0-0 / FT 2-0
Goals: A.Newby (63′), Blakeman (pen, 90’+1)
Cautions: Challoner (37′); Obeng (32′), Sharpe (34′), Townsend (60′)
Referee: Nat Cox
Assistants: Michael Herzog & Stuart Morland
Winning 50/50 ticket: A12424
Next up: We visit Darlington on Saturday as the season enters its final 10-game stretch. Admission is £14 adults, £10 over-62s/students/disabled people/armed services, £5 11-16s & FREE under-11s.