Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
The Magpies fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down only to be stunned by two late goals at Moss Lane against playoff chasing Altrincham.
Altrincham made one change from Tuesday’s draw at Telford with Max Harrop coming in for Josh Hancock.
Chorley made two changes from last weekend’s draw with Telford as Alex Newby returned from suspension and Stephen Jordan slotted into the backline.
Altrincham: Thompson; Densmore, White, Jones, Hannigan, Moult (c), Johnston (Chadwick, 86′), Williams (Poole, 83′), Hulme, Harrop (Richman, 83′), Ceesay. Subs not used: Dolan, Drench.
Chorley: Urwin; Jordan (Whitham, 61′), Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, Cottrell, Carver (Almond, 84′), Wilson, E.Newby. Subs not used: Tuton, Hooper, Anson.
After a fast start the home side grabbed the lead on nine minutes. Yousifu Ceesay fed Jordan Hulme in the area and the striker rode two challenges before firing low beyond Matt Urwin from close range.
The Robins created a couple of other decent chances but couldn’t add to their lead. John Johnston should have hit the back of the net but from Ceesay’s centre the winger shot miles wide when it was easier to score. Ceesay, on loan from Blackpool, also should have scored but after getting in a great position he shanked a shot behind without testing the reflexes of Urwin.
Altrincham doubled their lead five minutes into the second half, against the run of play. Johnston’s inswinging free kick was nodded home from close range by Tom Hannigan. Within a minute Chorley were on the board from an almost identical situation. Alex Newby hit the free kick in, and
Courtney Meppen-Walter (Teague claimed it) headed home from six yards.
The Magpies pushed on looking for an equaliser and it duly came on 69 minutes when Teague hammered a volley past Thompson after an Alex corner had initially been cleared. Unfortunately, after drawing level, the visitors conceded almost straight away when Densmore got in to finish past Urwin.
The leveller came with 12 minutes remaining through a Meppen-Walter header after Blakeman’s drilled corner found the big defender in space. It looked set to be a grandstand finish, but first Densmore scored from a 25-yard free kick to put the hosts in front again, before sub James Poole finished off The Magpies from the spot after Scott Leather fouled Ceesay.
HT 1-0 / FT 5-3
Goals: Hulme (9′), Hannigan (50′), Densmore (72′, 84′), Poole (pen, 88′); Meppen-Walter (78′), Teague (51′, 69′)
Cautions: Thompson (78′); Leather (25′), Teague (41′), Meppen-Walter (82′)
Referee: Ben Speedie
Assistants: Tom Swift & Mark Ryder
Next Up: The Easter Saturday clash with Stockport County at Victory Park. The game kicks off at the earlier time of 1pm & is ALL TICKET. Tickets will be available from the club shop (while stocks last) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (10am-4pm) & Thursday (10am-8pm). There will be NO tickets available on Good Friday or the day of the game.
Prices (seating/standing) are £15/£13 adults, £12/£10 concessions, £10/£8 students, £5 12-16s & £5/FREE accompanied under-12s.