Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
THE Magpies gave as good as they got before dropping a tight encounter with Chesterfield at Victory Park.
Much of the play during the opening 45 minutes went Chorley’s way, with the visitors sitting deep and hitting on the break. Chesterfield’s potency in chances created was headed by Nathan Tyson, who was gifted three sights at goal through defensive slips, only for Matt Urwin to deny him.
Chorley forced corners and extended passages of play in the Spireites’ final third, but couldn’t make the good build-up work count, as Shwan Jalal was only troubled by Lewis Baines’ close range effort that missed the far post by inches.
The game looked to be heading into the break goalless, before a Liam Mandeville corner found Tom Denton stooping at the back post to head home from a yard out on 40 minutes.
Play followed a similar partner after the break with Chorley trying to force the issue and Chesterfield happy to soak up the pressure. Alex Newby tested the sharpness of sub ‘keeper Ross Fitzsimons early on, but otherwise the visiting defence held firm.
Then, on a rare attack not preceding a set piece, the Spireites doubled their lead. Tyson was the inadvertent provider, as his shot across Urwin fell invitingly for Jordan Cropper to hit the roof of the net from a narrow angle.
The home side didn’t give up and got back in the game with 14 minutes remaining when Connor Hall prodded past Fitzsimons after being freed by a quick Martin Smith free kick.
The Bolton loanee went close to an equaliser soon after, but his header was tipped over acrobatically by Fitzsimons; that was the last chance created by either team.
Man-of-the-match: Connor Hall
Chorley: Urwin; Meppen-Walters (c) (Dodds, 69′), A.Newby (Bakeman, 59′), Kiwomya, E.Newby, Ross, Smith, Baines, Nortey, Duxbury, Hall. Subs not used: Leather, Cottrell, Kay.
Chesterfield: Jalal (Fitzsimons, 46′); Buchanan, Yarney, Evans (c), Weston, Mandeville (Weir, 82′), Tyson, J.Smith, Denton (Boden, 82′), Hollis, Cropper. Subs not used: Fondop, Sharman.
HT 0-1 / FT 1-2
Goals: Hall (76′); Denton (40′), Cropper (64′)
Cautions: J.Smith (66′), Mandeville (75′)
Referee: David Richardson
Assistants: David Pill & Jamie Rhodes
Fourth official: Matthew Tyers
50/50 Draw winning numbers: 1st: 192738 2nd: 192858 3rd: 192838
Coming up: We travel to Hayes Lane next Saturday to face off against Bromley (3pm). Admission is cheapest in advance: £15 adults, £10 65+/NHS/armed services/EFL season ticket holders, £5 students (16-21s)/under-16s & FREE accompanied under-16s.