CHORLEY secured their first away win of the season and dominated from start to finish on Bank Holiday Monday as it ended 2-0 against Southport at the Big Help Stadium.
Southport had the first big chance of the afternoon, Josh Hmami firing just wide after the hosts broke away well on the counter.
Chorley continued to push hard at goal deep into the first-half and were rewarded for their efforts before the break, Jack Sampson curling the ball perfectly into the corner past Chris Renshaw.
Jack Sampson celebrates his goal against Southport (David Airey)
It didn’t take long for the Magpies to double their advantage after the restart either, Jack Hazelhurst with his second goal in as many games - his free-kick leaving Renshaw helpless in goal thanks to a wicked deflection.
A moment of madness then followed, Hmami sent off after a dangerous and high challenge on Hazelhurst.
Chorley continued to look for a third goal and Renshaw was kept busy between the sticks for the hosts, Hazelhurst and Ollie Shenton both forcing saves with shots from distance.
Jack Hazelhurst has a shot from distance (David Airey)
Carlton Ubaezounu had a decent opportunity for the visitors but couldn’t direct his header at goal before Louis Britton tried the spectacular in added time - a shot from inside his own half that Renshaw was just about equal to.
Southport: Renshaw, Flowers, Anson, Morgan, Carver, Walton, Quansah, Hmami, Sass (Doyle, 77’), Bainbridge, Costello (Watson, 63’). Unused: Evans, McKerney, Heath.
Chorley: Urwin, Moore, Smith, Ellis, Blakeman, Calveley, Nolan, Hazelhurst (Shenton, 74’), Whitehouse, Johnson (Ubaezuonu, 70’), Sampson (Britton, 84’). Unused: Henley, Hockenhull.
Goalscorers: ⚽ (41), Sampson, (51), Hazelhurst
Cautions: 🟨 Carver (28’), Whitehouse (32’), Johnson (42’), Bainbridge (51’), Ubaezounu (73’), Walton (77’), Anson (88’), Smith (90’)
Dismissal: 🟥 Hmami (53’)
Referee: Jonathan Maskrey
Assistants: Joe Cunningham & Arran Williams
Attendance: 1,633 (377 away)
Next Up: We host newly-promoted Bishop’s Storford next Saturday at Victory Park - a 3pm kick-off.