Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
THE Magpies grabbed their second point of the new season with a disciplined and gutsy display against AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.
The home side had the better of the possession for the first 20 minutes as Chorley felt their way into the game. Half chances came and went for Danny Rowe, supplied from both flanks, but in the main the visitors held their own. Confidence grew as possession started to be won and held, but it was a set piece that gave The Magpies a first proper sight of James Montgomery’s goal.
Courtney Meppen-Walters lined up a 30-yard free kick that the Fylde number one did well to palm into the night sky before catching at the second attempt. Marcus Carver was then inches away from finding Alex Newby free in the box, before the home side broke allowing Kurt Willoughby a clear run on goal, but the forward shanked his effort wide of Joe Anyon’s far post.
The second was as open as the first had been, with both sides coming close to grabbing an opener. Ryan Croasdale wasted the best opportunity for Fylde when shooting across goal from a Mark Yeates free kick. Chorley’s best chance fell to sub Louis Dodds, who was inches from sending the packed away end into raptures after an Adam Blakeman corner had fallen kindly for the midfielder on the edge of the box.
The only real contentious decision of the game came when Kyle Jameson received a yellow card for a slightly wild challenge on Elliot Newby. This didn’t knock The Magpies off their stride, however, and a few late breaks from Carver and Ntumba Massanka kept the hosts on their toes. Yeates’ wing play was always a threat for the Coasters at the other end, but Chorley stood firm to register an impressive road draw.
AFC Fylde: Montgomery; Duxbury, Byrne (c) (Jameson, 49′), Whitmore, Croasdale, Rowe, Burke (Philliskirk, 78′), Bradley (Haughton, 78′), Yeates, Willoughby, Craigen. Subs not used: Kosylo, Williams.
Chorley: Anyon; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Meppen-Walters (Ross, 63′), A.Newby (Dodds, 83′), O’Keefe, Carver, E.Newby, Baines, Holroyd (Massanka, 71′). Subs not used: Cottrell, Hooper.
HT 0-0 / FT 0-0
Cautions: Jameson (68′); E.Newby (66′), O’Keefe (84′)
Referee: David Richardson
Assistants: Matthew Sowerby & Lewis Dawson
Fourth official: Ian Gittins
Coming up: On the road again; slightly further this time as we travel to Sutton United on Saturday (3pm). Online tickets available priced £15 adults, £8 concessions, £4 11-18s & FREE under-11s. Pay-on-the-day is offered too; £17 adults, £10 concessions, £5 11-18s & FREE u-11s.
Away travel is also available to purchase online for this weekend priced £40 adults & £32 accompanied u-16s. The bus leaves Brindle Street at 8:30am.