Words: Alex Birch; Picture: Stefan Willoughby
THE Magpies finished off their pre-season schedule with an at-times entertaining 0-0 draw with FC United of Manchester at a damp Victory Park.
The visitors started the first half the better, testing Trialist (1) to the full three times inside the opening 20 minutes. Each time the ‘keeper was equal to efforts from James Joyce, Chris Sharp & Paul Ennis.
Chorley grew into the half and bossed the final 15 minutes. Chris Holroyd had the ball in the net after Marcus Carver’s deflected effort struck the bar, but the forward’s header was ruled out for a foul. The Magpies number 10 came back for more soon after, but found Paddy Wharton in the FC United goal equal to his stinging snapshot.
There was more good work from the hosts during the opening 15 minutes of the second half, with the best chance falling to Alex Newby. Brother Elliot did the donkey work, driving into the box before finding the number seven in space on the penalty spot. But with Wharton wrongfooted, Alex’s shot finished inches wide.
Although Chorley produced much the more composed football for the remainder of the game, guilt-edged chances were few and far between, with the deadlock unbroken.
Magpies: Trialist (1) (Eccles, 46′); Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Ross, Baines, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver (Trialist (18) (65′), Holroyd (Hooper, 65′), E.Newby. Subs: Anson, Agbozo.
FC United: Wharton; Carney, Joyce (Dodd, 68′), Jones, Doyle (Morris, 73′), Potts (c) (Dean, 73′), Rodney (Hellawell, 68′), Griffiths, Sharp (Moli, 57′), Ennis (McDowell-Jallow, 83′), Donohue (Lenehan, 62′). Subs: Walker, Crowley.
HT 0-0 / FT 0-0
Referee: Andy Sykes
Assistants: Liam Marshall & Jordan Crossley
Coming up: The first of eight Vanarama National League outings in August; Bromley making the journey from
south London Kent next Saturday. Tickets available online priced £15 adults, £12 concessions, £7 18-21s, £5 12-17s & £1 accompanied under-12s. The game won’t be segregated and pay-on-the-gate will also be in operation.
*The Magpies pre-season is sponsored by MDC Autos