Words: Steve Topping; Pictures: Keith Bowes
Chorley started by far the brighter of the two teams. Unfortunately, despite a series of good openings, The Magpies failed to capitalise. Twice in quick succession the home side found space inside the box only for the resultant first time shots to fly high and wide. Late in the first half Lisa Topping hooked the ball into the net from a free kick but it was ruled out for offside. Beth Donoghue then charged the ‘keeper down only for the ball to go agonisingly wide.
The game was then decided over a couple of minutes either side of half time. A Chorley corner was cleared allowing the visitors to break, a two-on-one situation developed, and this was ruthlessly exploited by Charlotte Proud to put
Brighouse a goal to the good. Six minutes into the second half it was 2-0 when Rachel Darbyshire error allowed Lavinia Nkomo to score. It was harsh on Chorley’s number one, who made a series of excellent saves to deny Brighouse further goals. A lack of experience showed in Chorley’s side as they battled to get back into the game, but the away side held firm to claim the three points.
Player of the match: Katy Morris
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Chorley: Darbyshire; Topping, Worth, Sutcliffe, Valentine (Pilling, 57′), Mills, Walker (c) (McKay, 67′), Vella, Morris, Fenton, Donoghue (Norcross, 84′).
HT 0-1 / FT 0-2
Goals: Proud (44′), Nkomo (51′)
Next up: The Magpies have a week off before the head for their penultimate game of the season at bottom-of-the-table Crewe on Sunday, April 28.