Words: Saskia Bowes; Pictures: Keith Bowes
Chorley welcomed Newcastle United to Victory Park with both teams searching for points to guarantee FA Women’s National League Division One North survival.
An early shower meant the game started on a greasy pitch, with both teams struggling to string any passes together. The first 45 minutes could be summed up by a few corners for each side and no shots of note to trouble either ‘keeper.
The second half started with the visitors in the ascendancy. Early attacks down the wing forced a couple of goal mouth scrambles, but the Chorley defence held firm. The Magpies were looking disjointed and a series of misplaced passes kept the pressure on. A dangerous diagonal ball across the Chorley box found a Newcastle striker in space and only excellent positioning by Rachel Darbyshire forced the shot wide.
At the other end Lisa Topping released Jan Mitchell who found Katy Morris on the edge of the box, but her effort went wide. Laura Walker and Rachel Wood came off the bench and Chorley began to look more dangerous, with the wide play of Kemp and Wood especially looking to give the home side a chance of nicking a winner.
The best move of the match came from Chorley late on, as they strung a series of passes together across midfield before finding Walker on the edge of the area. But the midfielder’s powerful shot was superbly saved at full stretch by the visiting number one.
Chorley: Darbyshire; Mitchell, Fenton, Searson, Sutcliffe; Worth, Topping (c), Morris; Kemp, Donoghue, Vella.
HT 0-0 / FT 0-0