Words: Pete Tscherewik; Pictures: Alun Roberts
Chorley fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Wrexham at My Racecourse on Boxing Day.
The hosts looked to take the game to the Magpies right from the first whistle, who struggled to settle and take the ball out of their own half. Wrexham were rewarded for their early attacking intent with only six minutes played, JJ Hooper the one to squeeze the ball under Matt Urwin from close range after an initial pass from Devonte Redmond.
Following the opening goal the game continued to play out in similar fashion, Dean Keates’s side quick and slick on the ball and Chorley unable to respond with any attacks of their own. With 11 minutes played, came another case of déjà vu as Redmond again threaded through a fantastic through-ball to Hooper who slotted home past Urwin inside the six-yard box to grab his second goal of the afternoon.
With half-an-hour played, Chorley had appeals for a penalty waved away as Courtney Meppen-Walters was brought down inside the area but the Magpies did eventually get a chance from 12-yards on 39 minutes after some slick work from Chris Holroyd. The former Wrexham man stepped up to take the spot kick, only for it to be saved comfortably by Lainton.
Play resumed into the second-half and it wasn’t long before Wrexham came close to adding a third goal, Lewis Baines’s back-pass past Urwin in goal caused the keeper to slip before he saved an effort from Bobby Grant then the follow-up was hammered over by Redmond, a big let off for the Magpies.
Chorley looked to utilise their substitutes first on the hour mark, introducing Elliot Newby and Nortei Nortey into the fray with a change in system. In spite of that, it was the home side who again came close this time through Grant who had his effort from point blank range remarkably saved by Urwin right on the line.
With five minutes left to play, substitute Omari Patrick grabbed Wrexham’s third goal after getting in behind before lobbing Urwin smartly. Chorley substitute Ntumba Massanka, once a Wrexham player did grab a late consolation goal for the Magpies on 87 minutes but it was too little, too late for Vermiglio’s side.
Wrexham: Lainton; Jennings, Pearson (c), Lawlor, Summerfield, Young, Redmond (Rutherford, 67′), Grant, Kennedy, Reid, Hooper (Patrick, 73′). Subs not used: Dibble, Carrington, Harris.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Meppen-Walters (c), A.Newby, O’Keefe (E. Newby, 59′), Carver (Massanka, 84′), Ross, Smith, Baines (Nortey, 61′), Holroyd. Subs not used: Teague, Dodds.
HT 2-0 / FT 3-1
Goals: Hooper (6′, 11′), Patrick (85′) | Massanka (87′)
Cautions: Summerfield (60′), Hooper (73′), Pearson (85′) | Blakeman (60′), Challoner (90+1)
Referee: Tom Reeves
Assistants: Blake Antrobus & Robert Wainwright
Fourth official: Alex Gray
Attendance: 4,764 (224 away)
Coming up: We’re back at HQ in two days for the visit of Harrogate Town. Admission is £15 adults, £12 concessions, £7 18-21s, £5 12-17s & FREE accompanied under-12s. We also have two special ticket deals on the turnstiles: Chorley FC season ticket holders can bring a friend for just £10 & EFL season ticket holders can watch the game for £12.