Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
THE Magpies came up short on their second trip of the season down south, despite dominating for long periods against fellow part timers Maidenhead United.
Chorley began on the front foot and were much the better side for the first 15 minutes. Josh O’Keefe and Marcus Carver both had good opportunities to open the scoring, but O’Keefe headed an Adam Blakeman cross just wide before Carver shot straight at Taye Ashby-Hammond following great approach play by Alex Newby.
The deadlock was broken against the run of play when Josh Kelly lashed home past debutant Billy Crellin on 24 minutes, despite the best efforts of Scott Leather. The response was almost instant; Carver grabbing his first of the season after twisting and turning away from Joe Ellul before beating Ashby-Hammond from 10 yards.
Within 10 minutes Maidenhead had the lead again. Matt Challoner tangled legs with Bernard Mensah in the box, and Jake Cassidy sent Crellin the wrong way, seconds after the Chorley ‘keeper had done superbly to deny Kelly from point-blank range.
Andy Teague & O’Keefe had good chances to equalise in the opening few minutes of the second half, before Courtney Meppen-Walters saw a penalty saved and his rebound hit the post following a foul on Alex when the forward was about to shoot.
The visitors dominated the rest of proceedings, allowing Maidenhead the occasional counter as their pressed for a second equaliser, but it never quite materialised, with the last meaningful action a headed third goal for the home side via sub Danny Whitehall followed by another for the forward after he rounded Crellin in injury time.
Maidenhead: Ashby-Hammond; Ellul, Davies, Cassidy, Kelly (Whitehall, 83′), Mensah (Comley, 57′), Twumasi, Sheckleford Upward, Massey (c), Smile (Fenelon, 68′). Subs not used: Keetch, Landers.
Chorley: Crellin; Challoner, Blakeman (Baines, 74′), Teague (c), Leather (Massanka, 65′), Meppen-Walters, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver, E.Newby, Cottrell (Holroyd, 77′). Subs not used: Ross, Eccles.
HT 2-1 / FT 4-1
Goals: Kelly (24′), Cassidy (35′, pen), Whitehall (90’+1 & 90’+4); Carver (26′)
Cautions: Sheckleford (50′), Massey (88′); O’Keefe (17′), Leather (40′)
Referee: Gary Parsons
Assistants: Craig Simpson & Colin Hubbard
Fourth official: Marc Meeten
Coming up: A whole seven days between fixtures (a rare idea for August). Hartlepool United visit Victory Park next Saturday (3pm). The game is segregated and tickets are available online & on-the-gate priced £15 adults, £12 concessions, £7 18-21s, £5 11-17s & FREE accompanied under-12s.