1 – 0
- Third straight loss in the National League North
- Vassallo’s deflected free-kick the difference
- Second half onslaught fails to produce equaliser
Words: Pete Tscherewik; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
THE Magpies huffed and puffed but ultimately came up emptyhanded against neighbours Southport.
Returning to the starting line-up, Ollie Shenton almost gave Chorley the perfect start but his dipping volley cannoned against the crossbar in the opening five minutes.
Both sides settled into the contest quickly, Shenton again came close to putting Jamie Vermiglio’s side ahead with a curling effort from the edge of the area that just missed Dan Hanford’s far post.
Chorley continued to look the more threatening of the two sides, but their hard work was undone on 29 minutes – a deflected free-kick from Dylan Vassallo after a disputed foul by Scott Leather on Jack Sampson – put the home side a goal to the good.
Chorley properly hit their stride in search of an equaliser in the second-half. Mike Calveley was the first Magpie to force a stunning save from Dan Hanford. Andy Halls then swung in a cross, narrowly flicked wide by Elliot Newby.
Former Magpie Marcus Carver squandered a golden opportunity to double Southport’s lead with 20 minutes to go, George Newell then found himself free at the back-post, but his header failed to test Matt Urwin.
The Magpies threw absolutely everything at the home side in the closing stages, debutant Sewa Marah coming closest to an equaliser – but in the end, the visitors did everything but score.
It’s a game we should have won on the balance of play and the amount of chances we created. We weren’t clinical enough when we got the ball into the box and it’s cost us dear today – Jamie Vermiglio
Southport: Hanford; Oliver, Benjamin, Anson, Morgan (c), Sampson, Carver (Woods, 72′), Challoner, Winnard, Vassallo, Watson (Newell, 62′). Subs not used: McMillan, Ali, Bainbridge.
Chorley: Urwin; Birch (Marah, 80′), Smith (Garratt, 62′), Halls, Leather (c), Baines, Calveley, Reilly, Newby, Shenton, Walker (Rodwell-Grant, 80′). Subs not used: Baxter, Putnam.
HT 1-0/ FT 1-0
Scorers: Vassallo (29′)
Cautions: Watson (41′), Newell (82′), Hanford (87′), Morgan (90’+3); Leather (28′)
Referee: Richard Aspinall
Assistants: Simon Kells & Darren Brown
Next up: Kidderminster Harriers at Victory Park next Saturday (3pm). We’re behind closed doors with a live stream available for £10 (info available in the run-up to the game).