CHORLEY bagged their third successive win in a tight-affair against Bishop’s Stortford at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Jack Hazelhurst got the Magpies off to the best possible start after eight minutes, tapping home from Mike Calveley’s pinpoint low cross.
Jack Hazelhurst celebrates the opening goal against Bishop’s Stortford (David Airey)
The Blues looked to get themselves back into the game and grew into the game as the clock ticked on towards half-time.
Zain Walker very nearly got the visitors back on terms before the break after he took the ball around Matt Urwin, but his touch was heavy and Mark Ellis stepped in brilliantly to divert the ball away from danger.
Bishop’s Stortford were handed a lifeline shortly after the restart, David Olufemi adjudged to have been brought down inside the box and he then took the resulting spot-kick and duly converted to make it 1-1.
The Magpies then put their foot on the gas and didn’t have to wait long to get back infront, Louis Britton with a thumping header past Jack Giddens from Billy Whitehouse’s cross.
Louis Britton celebrates his goal against Bishop’s Stortford (David Airey)
Eight minutes were added on after 90 to setup a nervy finish on home soil but Andy Preece’s side held firm to hold on and secure all three points.
Chorley: Urwin, Moore (Henley, 81’) Smith, Ellis, Blakeman, Calveley, Nolan, Hazelhurst, Whitehouse, Sampson (Britton, 40’), Johnson (Ubaezounu, 69’). Unused: Shenton, Hockenhull.
Bishop’s Stortford: Giddens, Haines (Foxley, 66’), Powell, Thomas, Henshaw, Godfrinne (Ogunwamide, 45’), Olufemi, Howard (Mahoney, 66’), Charles, Walker, Peters. Unused: Shogbeni, Cracknell.
Goalscorers: ⚽ Hazelhurst (8’), Olufemi (50’), Britton (62’).
Cautions: 🟨 Calveley (47’), Whitehouse (51’), Ellis (68’), Smith (75’), Thomas (75’), Powell (80’), Nolan (83’), Peters (87’), Olufemi (89’).
Referee: Ben Robinson.
Assistants: Jack Neild, Alexander Perkin.
50/50 Draw: 1st £78 - 04825, 2nd £46 - 04971, 2rd £31 - 04862
Get in touch if you have a winning ticket 🎟️
Next Up: We make the journey over to take on Tamworth, this coming Tuesday - a 7:45 kick-off.
REACTION l Preecy’s Interview - Chorley vs Bishop's Stortford
HIGHLIGHTS l Chorley vs Bishop's Stortford