Recap | Boston United (h)

March 23, 2024
Recap | Boston United (h)
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CHORLEY'S winning streak on home soil came to a crashing end on Saturday afternoon as Andy Preece's side were beaten 0-3 by promotion-chasing, Boston United.

The Magpies didn't come out of the blocks quickly and found themselves up against it after seven minutes, Max Dearnley picking the ball out of his net after JIMMY KNOWLES converted from the spot - the former colliding with Knowles, leaving referee Ben Robinson with no choice but to award a penalty.

Having gone a goal behind, Chorley looked to get back into the game quickly by playing on the front-foot in attacking areas - Jack Hazlehurst proving a real handful to the Pilgrim's defence and had the best of the Magpies' half-chances throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Frankie Maguire in action for the Magpies (David Airey)

Andy Preece found himself scratching his head on the half-hour mark though, Ethan Sephton getting to the byline before crossing - which evaded everyone before falling into KNOWLES's path, for him to double his tally for the afternoon and tap home at the back post.

Knowles very nearly grabbed his hat-trick barely over a minute later, trying a speculative lob from distance to try and catch Dearnley off his line but his effort sailed just wide.

However, KNOWLES would go on and grab his third goal of the afternoon before the break - firing a shot low and hard from an acute which found it's way under Dearnley and into the corner to leave Chorley with a mountain to climb at the break.

The Magpies were handed a lifeline after the restart, Frankie Maguire taken out by Brad Nicholson inside the box but Justin Johnson couldn't convert from the spot - his spot kick from 12-yards, dragged wide.

To their credit, the Magpies did continue to persist in looking for a goal to get back into the game, Gregory pulling out a save right from the top drawer to deny Johnson from distance.

The real killer blow for Chorley was then to lose Jack Hazlehurst in the 84th minute, the attacking midfielder sent off with a straight red having been adjudged to have gone in too late on Kelsey Mooney.

Chorley: Max Dearnley; Adam Henley, Mark Ellis, Harvey Smith, Scott Wilson; Mike Calveley, Kieran Glynn (George Horbury 65); Justin Johnson (Joe Nolan 90), Jack Hazlehurst, Frankie Maguire; Jack Sampson (Carlton Ubaezuonu 70). Subs (not used): Billy Whitehouse, David Moyo.

Boston United: Cameron Gregory; Jai Rowe, Michael Bostwick, Brad Nicholson, Ethan Sephton; Martin Woods; Dylan Hill, Lucien Mahovo (Michael Gyasi 77); Keaton Ward; Kelsey Mooney, Jimmy Knowles. Subs (not used): Tom Leak, Deji Sotona, Sam Smart, Zak Mills.

Goalscorers: Knowles (8', 30', 43').

Cautions: Woods (28'), Hill (39'), Mahovo (45+3'), Wilson (51'), Nicolson (61'), Sampson (61'), Henley (70'), Gregory (79'), Ward (83').

Dismissals: Hazlehurst (84')

Referee:Ben Robinson.

Assistants: George Eaton & Alexander Perkin.

Attendance: 1,681.

Up Next: We're back on our travels next Friday to take on Darlington FC at Blackwell Meadows.

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