Words: Liam Kealey; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
The Magpies returned to the top of the Vanarama National League North with a great display of attacking football that left their visitors with no answers.
The Magpies made three changes from the draw at Darlington with Scott Leather, Jake Cottrell & Josh Wilson making the starting XI.
Kidderminster’s team remains unchanged from their win against Nuneaton. However, there is a place on the bench for Tom Palmer who replaces Reiss Taylor-Randle.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather (Hooper, 77′), Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, Cottrell, Carver (Anson, 77′), Wilson (McGurk, 70′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Almond, Jordan.
Kidderminster: Hall; Austin, Taylor, Penn, Horsfall (c), Johnson, McAlinden, Daniels, Ironside (Richards, 70′) , Chambers (Heaton, 90′), Williams (Butterfield, 66′). Subs not used: Higginson, Palmer.
The Magpies started brightly, pressing Harriers straight from the off. It took just three minutes for Chorley’s hard-work to be rewarded. Jake Cottrell angled a lovely ball down the channel for Josh Wilson to chase, beat the offside trap and calmly slot the ball past Brandon Hall.
Kidderminster took 19 minutes to create a real opportunity. Sam Austin carried the ball all the way from right-back but his low-driven effort was easy for Matt Urwin to collect.
The visitors would not sit-back and let Chorley dominate. Cheltenham loanee, Liam McAlinden slipped in his team-mate Ed Williams who tried to drive the ball across goal but his effort was read well by Matt Urwin who made sure to keep hold of it.
Chorley made it clear that they wanted more goals. Once again, their tenacious defending was rewarded by a golden opportunity. Alex Newby attempted to find Wilson at the back-post but instead the ball rebounded into the path of Marcus Carver but the pitch condition got the better of him and he scuffed his shot over.
Towards the back-end of the first-half, Chorley had a plethora of chances. Firstly, Wilson hunted down Kidderminster’s centre-back, Ryan Johnson, forcing him to slip but Wilson’s pull-back was rushed by Alex which resulted in a corner. The original corner amounted to nothing but Andy Teague managed to keep the ball alive and picked out his defensive partner, Scott Leather. Leather had acres of space but his header was matched by a wonderful right-hand by Brandon Hall and the follow-up was cleared off the line. Just seconds later, Wilson was at the back-post again but his looping header was, once again, cleared.
Chorley showed more of the same in the second-half, but this time they were a lot more clinical. However, it was Kidderminster that had the first real chance of the half, Joel Taylor delivered a deep ball into the area that landed at the feet of Joe Ironside. Like usual, Urwin was quick off his line and made himself big, forcing Ironside to strike the ball straight at him.
Although Chorley had a few chances, it was on the 60th minute mark that Wilson grabbed his second. A ball was played down the channel and cleverly flicked on by Alex into the path of Carver. The number nine took a touch before whipping the ball down the corridor of uncertainty for Wilson to place home.
Just six minutes later, Adam Blakeman spotted a great run by Carver and lofted a ball right into his path. Carver escaped his defender and clipped the ball over the keeper and off the bar – a great finish to make it 3-0.
Harriers still tried to get on the score-sheet but nothing could get passed Urwin. He was forced into action saving a header from close-range and keeping hold of the follow-up from Ashley Chambers.
Man-of-the-match: Josh Wilson
HT 1-0 / FT 3-0
Goals: Wilson (3′, 60′) Carver (66′)
Cautions: E.Newby (’56)
Referee: Sam Barrott
Assistants: Gareth Myers & Anthony Ball
Winning 50/50 ticket: A14860 (claimed)
Next up: We make the journey to Lincolnshire to face Boston United next Saturday (3pm). Admission is £13 adults, £10 concessions & £4 under-16s. Seats on the Coach Options supporters coach are still available priced £12.50 adults & £10.50 accompanied under-16s.