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MATCH REPORT | Chorley 0-1 Harrogate Town

The Magpies suffered their first home league defeat since August as Harrogate scored late to secure all three points in a game of few incidents.

Team news

Matt Jansen made two enforced changes to the side that lost at Southport on New Year’s Day with Will Beesley and Matty Hughes coming in for injury victims Adam Blakeman and Scott Leather. The visitors were also forced into two changes as Jack Vann and Toby Lees replaced the suspended duo of Will Burrell and Terry Kennedy.

First half

Chorley enjoyed much the better of the first half with the visitors valiantly standing firm. Will Beesley was the first Magpie to test the reflexes of James Belshaw in the Harrogate goal, executing a one-two with Matty Hughes before unleashing a left-footed drive that the goalie pushed behind. Hughes played architect again to put Marcus Carver clear, but Belshaw produced a stunning save from an acute angle. Carver had a second chance to open the scoring, but couldn’t get his shot away, and Hughes also couldn’t find a way past Belshaw after working an opportunity for himself on the edge of the area.

Harrogate’s only reply of the entire half came from a Mark Beck header that Matt Urwin plucked out of the air.

Second half

The second 45 minutes was a different story as Harrogate came out with more conviction. A number of attacks came to nothing before a deflected Joe Leesley free kick hit the back of the net but was ruled out for offside.

Jordan Thewlis tested Chorley’s number one with a snap shot, and from the resulting corner the ball fell to Louis Swain whose close-range effort was smothered on the line by a grateful Urwin.

There was nothing Urwin could do about Harrogate’s next effort nine minutes from time, however. Thewlis got the ball down the right-hand side, and his deep cross sailed over the keeper and into the far corner of the net for his tenth of the season.

Leesley should have made it two with a couple of minutes left, but after winning a penalty following a Challoner tackle from behind, the number 11’s spot kick was well saved by Urwin.

Unfortunately the outcome was unaffected.


Chorley (4-2-1-3) Urwin; Challoner, Teague (c), Jordan, Beesley; O’Keefe, Cottrell (Mooney, 87); Haughton; Hughes (Metz, 43), Walker, Carver (Whitham, 68). Subs not used: Anson, Roscoe.

Harrogate (4-1-4-1) Belshaw; Vann, Lees, Parker (c), Swain; Falkingham; Thewlis, Emmett, Agnew, Leesley; Beck. Subs not used: Day, Cracknell, Kerry, Thomson, Knowles.

HT 0-0 /FT 0-1

Goals: Thewlis (81)

Bookings: Challoner (foul, 88); Swain (foul, 90)

Red cards: None

Rivington Accounts/C&W Berry MOTM: Matt Urwin

Fans’ Twitter MOTM: Matt Challoner

Attendance: 1,257

Referee: Rebecca Welch

Assistants: Daniel Locker & Steven Lennon


BREAKING NEWS | Charnock joins Brig

Central defender Kieran Charnock has this evening joined our local neighbours Bamber Bridge FC on dual registration.

The 33-year-old, who joined the Magpies from Chester in 2015, goes immediately into Brig's squad to face Mossley in their Evo-Stik Division One North fixture tomorrow.

Best of luck at Brig, Kieran!

MATCH PROGRAMME | Harrogate Town

The heroes from the game at Salford City feature on the front cover of Saturday’s latest edition of ‘Magpie Review’ - our matchday programme. Issue 17 against Harrogate Town is packed with plenty content and will also feature a big interview with skipper Andy Teague as he approaches 300 appearances. Chief Executive Dave Riche also talks about plans for 2018 and beyond.  

Other features include the usual from Stan Miguel and 20 Questions from Adam Blakeman. Copies are priced at just £2.50 each and are available from sellers inside and outside The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, plus club shop from 12pm on Saturday. 


  • The Manager with Matt Jansen  
  • The Skipper with Andy Teague 
  • Club News looking at recent goings on 
  • Dave’s Diary by Dave Riche 
  • Action Replay against Salford City and Southport 
  • Grandstand View by The Roving Mike 
  • A Load of Balls by Josh McLoughlin 
  • Today’s visitors Harrogate Town 
  • Opponents Spotlight - Who are ya
  • Big Interview with Andy Teague 
  • A-Z of Past Players by Paul Metcalfe 
  • Magpies Archive 
  • Northern Mutterings by Stan Miguel 
  • 20 Questions with Adam Blakeman 
  • Community News 
  • Chorley FC Supporters Trust Matters 
  • Commercial Corner by Josh Vosper
  • Today’s Sponsors - Rivington Accounts and C & W Berry Ltd 
  • Player Sponsors 2017/18 
  • National League North Review by Declan Maher 
  • Table and Fixtures 
  • Player Stats and Appearances 
  • Fixtures and Results 2017/18 

MATCH PREVIEW | Chorley v Harrogate

The Magpies (10th, 34pts) head into their first home game of 2018 looking to banish the memory of defeat to Southport last time out with victory against title-chasing Harrogate Town (2nd, 47pts), writes Alex Birch.

Matt Jansen’s men will be attempting to continue their push towards the playoff places as they attempt to improve on the fantastic progress made in 2017.

Standing in their way are Simon Weaver’s Wetherby Road outfit, who have automatic promotion on their radar less than a year after turning fully professional.


“I was disappointed with the result (at Southport) but not the performance. We’ll focus on Harrogate now. Playing against Harrogate we’ll raise our game, and I’m expecting everyone to raise their game. I believe in the guys and I think we’ll have a great 2018” – Matt Jansen talking to Josh Vosper

Team news

Defenders Scott Leather and Adam Blakeman will be assessed after both players limped off in the early stages on New Year’s Day. Stephen Jordan could be rested, but Josh Wilson returns to the fold after missing the Festive fixtures through suspension and new Burnley loanee Khius Metz should feature.

Last time around

The Magpies suffered their biggest defeat of the season at Harrogate in August when the Yorkshire side prevailed 4-1 with braces from Simon Ainge and Jordan Thewlis. Marcus Carver replied for the visitors, who also had Scott Leather sent off.

Previous seasons

29/08/15 NLN Chorley 0 Harrogate 1 (Clayton)

28/12/15 NLN Harrogate 2 Chorley 4 (Yates, Knowles; Stephenson (2), Teague, OG)

08/10/16 NLN Chorley 1 Harrogate 0 (Blakeman)

18/03/17 NLN Harrogate 2 Chorley 1 (Leesley, Ainge; Sampson)


Tight: New Year’s Day was the first time since the reverse fixture against Harrogate in August the Magpies had conceded more than two goals in a Vanarama National League North match.

Missing: Town have three first team regulars unavailable through suspension on Saturday after red cards were handed out to Simon AingeTerry Kennedy, and Will Burrell over the Christmas period.

Victory: Chorley have won six of their last eight calendar year home openers, with last season’s loss to AFC Fylde the only defeat in that span.

Onion bag: Harrogate have scored 28 goals in 11 away league games this season, good for second in the division behind Blyth Spartans (29).


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