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MATCH REPORT | Darlington 2-2 Chorley

A dogged performance from Chorley ensured a vital point on the road on Saturday, with a 2-2 draw at Darlington.


The Magpies fell behind twice at Blackwell Meadows but refused to give in, and equalised through Adam Blakeman’s first time effort and Jason Walker’s goal from close range.


Delial Brewster, starting his second match since joining on loan from Chesterfield, went clean through on goal on two minutes, but mistimed his shot from an acute angle, with the shot hitting the side netting. 


At the other end moments later, Matt Urwin made a fantastic save with his feet, as a ball was played through to Darlington’s number 10, Josef Wheatley. His shot was miraculously saved by the diving Urwin, and bounced clear.


The home side then took the lead just after 15 minutes. The impressive Reece Styche beat the offside trap after a well timed ball. He fired his shot into the roof of the net, above Matt Urwin and ran to the byline, jumping into a mound of snow in celebration.


The Magpies responded and equalised on the half hour mark through Adam Blakeman. Some fantastic hold up play by Jason Walker allowed Blakeman the time to run straight towards goal from the left wing back position. Walker passed the ball to him, and Blakeman hit it first time towards the far corner. The goalkeeper got a touch on but couldn’t prevent it reaching the bottom corner.


Immediately after the restart Darlington took the lead through Stephen Thompson’s penalty. Josef Wheatley danced in the penalty area, and Andy Teague stuck a leg out, with Darlington’s number 10 going over. Thompson took the penalty well, tucking it away to Urwin’s right hand side.


Chorley equalised for the second time in the match 15 minutes from time. Some great play from substitute Marcus Carver down the left hand side, allowed him space to cross the ball to the oncoming Walker, who was able to tuck it into the near post. Walker’s celebration mirrored that of Styche’s earlier in the match, with the former Barrow man jumping into a pile of snow off the pitch.


Minutes after Carver’s fantastic efforts on the far side, the forward was shown a second yellow card on the near side and given his marching orders after poor challenge having lost the ball.


Despite a frantic end where both sides pressed for a late winner, including a Josh O’Keefe effort forcing a stunning save from Aynsley Pears in the Darlington goal, the match ended level.


The Magpies welcome the National League North’s bottom side, North Ferriby United to Victory Park on Saturday. 



Chorley XI: Urwin, Hughes, Blakeman, Teague ©, Leather, Jordan, Wilson, O’Keefe, Walker, Brewster (off 53 mins), Cottrell


Subs: Roscoe, Whitham, Carver (on 53 mins), Anson, Beesley



Darlington XI: Pears, Trotman, Galbraith, Turnbull, Heaton, Brown, Mills (off 62 mins), Scott, Styche ©, Wheatley (off 81 mins), Thompson (off 81 mins)


Subs: Marrs, Bancroft, Gillies (on 81 min), Syers (on 81 mins), Saunders (on 62 mins)


Referee: John Matthews


Attendance: 1168


HT: 1-1


FT: 2-2


BREAKING NEWS | Darlington to hold pitch inspection ahead of tomorrow's match

Darlington have announced a pitch inspection will be held at Blackwell Meadows at 9:30am tomorrow ahead of the match at 3:00pm.

We will announce the outcome of the inspection as soon as we have any more information. 


MATCH PREVIEW | Darlington v Chorley

The Magpies (9th, 38pts) head to the North East this weekend for a match up with Darlington (20th, 26pts) as they look to build momentum for a playoff push off the back of last Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Curzon Ashton, writes Alex Birch.

Buoyed by their first victory of 2018, another three points for Matt Jansen’s side would be a welcome boost as the business end of the season comes into view.

On the flipside Tommy Wright’s Quakers find themselves mired in the Vanarama National League North drop zone, with 16 games left to stave off a first relegation since reformation in 2012.


“We’re in a healthy position and we’ve got to keep going. Every game is difficult in this league and we look to Darlington next to try and keep ourselves heading in the right direction“ - Matt Jansen talking to Josh Vosper

Team news

Matty Hughes will be assessed after missing the last two games through injury. Adam Blakeman is doubtful after picking up a knock last Saturday, and loan star Nick Haughton has been recalled by Fleetwood.

Earlier this season

One of Chorley’s best performances of the season ended in a 4-1 victory at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium back in September. Matt ChallonerNick Haughton, and Jason Walker (2) put Darlo to the sword in front of 1,011 fans. Harvey Saunders grabbed a consolation for the visitors.


24/08/16 NLN Darlington 2 Chorley 0 (Galbraith 2)

04/02/17 NLN Chorley 1 Darlington 1 (Carver; Burgess)


Golden gloves: Loanee ‘keeper Matt Urwin has kept five clean sheets in his last seven league games spanning December and January.

Finisher: Since making the move to Darlington from Tamworth in November Reece Styche has bagged seven goals in seven games. The Gibraltar international has scored 15 in total across both clubs this season.

On the roadThe Magpies have won four of their last five away games in all competitions, and lost on only two of their last 11 road trips.

StrugglesThe Quakers have won just three of their last 23 league matches, with all three victories coming at home.

Match day (20/01/18)

Kick off at Blackwell Meadows is 3pm

Admission is £14 adults, £10 over-60s/students/disabled people/armed forces, £5 under-16s & FREE under-5s

Programmes cost £2.50

Parking at the ground is £5


BREAKING NEWS | Haughton joins Salford City


Nick Haughton has completed a permanent move from Fleetwood Town to Salford City after ending his loan spell at Chorley FC early this week.


The 23-year-old has agreed a full-time contract at the Peninsula Stadium and put pen to paper on a two and a half year deal with the National League North leaders, for an undisclosed fee.


Haughton’s spell at Victory Park was a huge success, with him scoring 13 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions, including a stunning hat-trick against Boston United in the Emirates FA Cup back in October.


Chorley manager Matt Jansen said: “We are sorry to be losing Nick who has done a great job for us during his time with the club.”


“I suppose we always knew this could happen, as it is the danger with loan signings who do well, but we have to move on now. We wish Nick all the best for the future.”


Chief Executive Dave Riche said: “Nick has secured himself a full time deal with Salford City and there has been a lot of interest in him during his time with Chorley FC.


“We have offered him a shop window to show off his skills after Fleetwood Town loaned him to us and we thank them for giving us an opportunity to help develop him further.


“It goes without saying that we have benefitted as a club during his four and a half month stay, and we always knew he wanted to stay in full time football. Personally, we would like to thank Fleetwood – in particular chairman Andy Pilley - for keeping us in the loop and letting us know as soon as a deal had been done, and we are working with them to try and strengthen our squad further.


“The task now is to continue our winning ways and get back into the play-off places and progress further as a club.”


FIXTURE UPDATE | Spennymoor match rearranged

It has been confirmed that our home match v Spennymoor Town has been rearranged.

The match will now take place at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium on Tuesday 6 March.

The original tie was set to take place on Saturday 3 February, but due to the Moors participation in the FA Trophy, the match had to be brought forward.

Kick off for the rearranged tie is 7:45pm.

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