Latest NewsMatch RecapMagpies lose at Southport

17th October 2020

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 todayJamie 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′)

Dismissals: None

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).


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We are a non-league football club based in Lancashire, currently playing in the sixth tier of the English football pyramid.

Founded in 1875 as a rugby club before converting to football in 1883, the Magpies have called Victory Park home since 1920, reached the FA Cup Second Round twice and won a record 18 Lancashire FA Challenge Trophies.



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