Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
The Magpies picked up their first point of the season with a battling 0-0 draw with Bromley at Victory Park.
The first half failed to ignite as both teams tried to figure each other out. Elliot Newby had the first effort on target, which was held well by visiting ‘keeper Mark Cousins. Twin brother Alex also got a good sight of the away goal, but his effort, although venomous, was just over the bar.
At the other end, Bromley threatened with plenty of balls into the box, but the only real moment of panic came when Joe Anyon’s attempted throw out was intercepted by Michael Cheek, but the forward was forced wide and his cross was claimed by the Chorley goalie.
The second half produced even less in the way of goalmouth action. The visitors were a threat from set pieces; the long throw of Chris Bush and corners from Frankie Raymond being especially tricky to defend against. However, the Magpies’ defence stood firm.
Play ebbed and flowed, without much creativity and plenty of niggle. Debutant N’Tumba Massanka almost grabbed a late winner for Chorley, but Matt Challoner’s cross was just claimed by Cousins ahead of the forward.
Man-of-the-match: Marcus Carver
Chorley: Anyon; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver, E.Newby, Baines, Holroyd (Massanka, 67′). Subs not used: Meppen-Walter, Ross, Cottrell, Dodds.
Bromley: Cousins; Kizzi, Wood, Higgs (Porter, 46′), Holland (c), Coulson (Clifton, 69′), Raymond, Cheek (Klass, 86′), Bingham, Bush, Hackett. Subs not used: Mekki, Dunne.
HT 0-0 / FT 0-0
Cautions: Carver (71′)
Referee: Ben Speedie
Assistants: Paul Stonier & Scott Chalkley
Fourth official: Chris Porter
Coming up: We renew our rivalry with AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening at Mill Farm (7:45pm). Supporters are advised to purchase tickets online for this National League clash as the Coasters operate a TICKET ONLY entry and match day is expected to be very busy in their ticket office: £18/£14 adults & £10/£5 under-16s.