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- Back behind closed doors for Victory Park opener
- Magpies enjoy plenty of the ball
- Unfortunate to be undone by Rob Wilson penalty
Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
THE Magpies’ return to Victory Park after six months away ended in a narrow defeat to Lancaster City, as the preparations for 2020/21 continued.
An almost unchanged squad from Saturday’s rout of Bamber Bridge, aside a scheduled rest for Harry Cardwell, logged some important minutes with a month still to go until the big October kick-off.
The first half was particularly short of action in either penalty area, although Jamie Vermiglio’s side did threaten early through an audacious Lewis Reilly lob and a near miss from the edge of the area by trialist Adam Barton.
Fellow trialist Udoyen Akpan also went close before the break, forcing former Magpies’ keeper Sam Ashton into his only meaningful save of the match.
The visitors made a much better fist of proceedings in the second half, forcing Matt Urwin into a stunning low save immediately after the restart. The limited pressure finally produced what turned out to be the winner just shy of the hour mark when Rob Wilson dispatched a penalty past Urwin after a tangle of legs in the area.
Plenty of substitutes were introduced as Chorley pushed for an equaliser; Ollie Shenton coming closest with a snap shot that just missed the far post. But it was Lancaster who finished the strongest, forcing sub keeper Lewis Dutton into a smart save, before the familiar forehead of Andy Teague slammed the ball against the post as time expired.
Chorley: Urwin (Dutton, 60′); Shorrock (Birch, 46′), Smith-Brown (Taylor, 77′), Halls, Leather (c), Smith (Baines, 46′), Barton (Calveley, 65′), Newby (Malakai, 80′), Miller (Awe, 80′), Reilly (Shenton, 60′), Akpan (Putnam, 72′).
Lancaster City: Ashton; S.Bailey, C.Bailey, Teague (c), Steel, Fensome, Cowperthwaite, Wilson, Sloan, Blinkhorn, Turner. Subs: Wills, Kilfin, Dugdale, Anderson, Gregory, Norris.
Next up: We’re off to Stafford Rangers on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off. Back to fans allowed again – admission details will be available in the coming days.