2 – 1
- Magpies unlucky in defeat at Marston Road
- Mike Calveley scores first goal for Club
- BTEC student Joe Bowles makes first team debut
Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Wendy Hill
THE Magpies were beaten late by a sumptuous Cieron Keane strike on a frustrating afternoon in Staffordshire.
Missing only Harry Cardwell, who continues to rehab from injury, Jamie Vermiglio’s first team squad members upped their pre-season minutes against a lively Northern Premier League opponent, allowing for limited but priceless opportunities for Education Programme duo Malakai and Joe Bowles.
A first half that will fail to live long in anyone’s memory produce just two moments of excitement, both created by the home side. Matt Urwin was at his best to save from early sub Joe Cuff, before the resulting corner was headed home by Tom Thorley.
A change of shape and the introduction of Andy Halls and Sean Miller gave the visitors much need impetus to begin the second half. Within five minutes an equaliser appeared via the boot of Mike Calveley, whose slow-motion finish caught home goalie Lewis King by surprise.
The half meandered towards what looked like a stalemate until the final 10 minutes, when, relative to the rest of the match, all hell broke loose. Cieron Keane’s winner – a brilliant curling effort into the top corner – was followed by a Calveley header over the bar, another smart stop by Urwin, a difficult chance for Elliot Newby after a defensive error, and finally a header straight at King from Lewis Baines.
A disappointing result but a good pre-season workout.
Stafford: King; Coulson, Burns, Keane, Kenton (Trialist, 59′), Harvey, Sebbeh-Njie, J.Williams (M.Williams, 59′), Coyle, Thorley (Candlin, 59′), Sleigh (Cuff, 22′).
Chorley: Urwin; Birch, Taylor (Halls, 46′), Smith, Leather (c) (Roberts, 88′), Baines, Shenton (Malakai, 82′), Calveley (Bowles, 90′), Putnam (Miller, 46′), Newby, Reilly (Akpan, 75′). Subs not used: Dutton, Moran.
Conditions: Bright & breezy
Next up: Another away trip, this time to Buxton on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7:45pm). Spectators are allowed once more, with entrance to Silverlands setting you back £8 adults/£5 concessions on the gate.