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MATCH REPORT | Chorley 2-2 North Ferriby United

The Magpies struggled to break down a dogged North Ferriby United, eventually having to settle for a 2-2 draw, writes Alex Birch.

Brett Agnew gave Ferriby the lead against the run of play in the first half, only for Chorley to hit back immediately through Jason WalkerJosh O’Keefe gave the home side their first lead of the day, but sub Jordan Harron earned the visitors a share of the spoils.

Team news

Matt Jansen named an unchanged team from the one that drew 2-2 at Darlington. Chris Bolder made four changes to his line-up from last weekend, and there were a remarkable eight new faces in The Villagers’ starting XI compared to September’s reverse fixture in East Yorkshire.

First half

A pedestrian first 45 minutes saw the visitors take a shock lead despite Chorley doing most of the early probing.Agnew had already forced Matt Urwin into a smart save before he headed Ferriby in front on 19 minutes, after long ball into the box was misjudged by the Magpies ‘keeper.

Two minutes later Chorley were deservedly level. Adam Blakeman swung in a corner from the right for Walker to head home from close range. With his tail up, Walker went close to a second, but was thwarted by an excellent block. The resulting corner from Blakeman bounced through to O’Keefe who skied his 8-yard effort high over the bar.

Second half

Jerome Slew’s curling effort early on gave Ferriby some hope of turning the tide, but after Josh Wilson twice went within inches of putting Chorley ahead, Jansen’s men finally made the breakthrough. It took another Blakeman corner, this time from the left, which was gleefully put away by O’Keefe.

Despite the domination Ferriby continued to carry a threat, and Agnew almost levelled matters only for Urwin to push his stinging drive against the post. The rebound fell to Slew, but thankfully for the Magpies Andy Teague was on hand to stop the ball on the line.

Chorley’s defence wasn’t so lucky on 72 minutes. Agnew made a nuisance of himself again, before his layoff was confidently dispatch past Urwin by Harron.

There was still time for Khuis Metz to make an impact off the bench, as the Burnley loanee was fouled when clean through. Paul Robson was given his marching orders for the challenge, but despite the injury-time onslaught featuring missed opportunities by O’Keefe and Walker, the score line wasn’t truly threatened.

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Match stats

Chorley (5-1-2-2): Urwin; Hughes, Leather, Teague (c), Jordan, Blakeman; Cottrell; Wilson, O’Keefe; Brewster (Metz, 61), Walker. Subs not used: Anson, Whitham, Roscoe, Beesley.

North Ferriby (4-4-2): Durrant (c); Robson, Mail (Taylor, 71), Cooke, Walters; Dunkerley (Harron, 55), Johnson, Forrester (Kyei, 72), Slew; Deacey, Agnew. Subs not used: Exall, Clappison.

HT 1-1 /FT 2-2

Goal scorersWalker (21), O’Keefe (56); Agnew (19), Harron (72)

BookingsBlakeman (simulation, 72); Forrester (foul, 62), Johnson (time wasting, 88)

Red cards: Robson (last defender, 79)

Attendance: 1,011

Referee: Sam Mulhall

Assistants: Christopher Porter & Matthew Scholes

Next up

There’s a quick turnaround this week as the twice rearranged fixture at Gainsborough Trinity takes place at the Martin & Co. Arena on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.


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