HomeSTATSMatch ReportsSeason 2009/10Chorley 3-2 Salford City 05/09/2009

Chorley 3-2 Salford City 05/09/2009

Saturday September 5th, 3pm

Prior to kick-off Salford had collection zero points, stood at the foot of the table and had a goal difference of minutes 13.  In effect not much has changed, but their performance begs the question of how are they where they are?


One thing Chorley sides have not been known for in recent seasons is having the ability to 'win ugly' - grabbing three points without performing well.  Well today we certainly won ugly.

For the opening minutes Salford took the game to Chorley, and if they had managed to keep hold of last season strike pairing of Steve Foster and Stuart Rudd, then surely they would have won this game.  However the lack of that killer instinct in front of goal cost them dear, and despite taking the lead twice in the match it was the resilient Magpies that collected the three points and moved up to ninth in the league.

Early on City hit the woodwork, but it was poor defending let created the goal, allowing Martyn Andrews time to finish well.

Chorley stuck back with an excellent team goal.  Michael Owens, in for the departed Karl Brown, fired a cross field ball to Chris Amadi, who jinked in from the left wind to tee up Danny Nolan, who then sure footed two defenders before slotting past the keeper.

Chorley's passing game deserted them for much of the first half, and little else was created, while despite their possession, City rarely troubled Zac Hibbert before the break.

After the interval Chorley wen closest when a sliced clearance almost looped over the keepers head and in, but it bounced agonisingly wide with Terry Fearns unable to get a touch.

Fearns then put a chance wide before Salford regained the lead with a well taken penalty just after the hour mark.

Chorley were level again soon afterward when Amadi, on one of his mazy Paulo Wanchope style runs, went down under pressure.  Fearns celebrated the signing of his contract with his first Saturday goal of the season from the spot - his sixth in total this term.

With ten minutes remaining the game was won when Amadi capitalised on a missed defensive header and cross to sun Chris Mason. whose finish from 20 yards was as accurate as you'll see at any level of football, picking out the bottom corner superbly.

XI: Zac Hibbert, Chris Smalley, James Mullineux, Tom Spearritt, Wayne Maden, Michael Owens, Christian Sawicki, Jamie Holme, Terry Fearns, Chris Amadi, Danny Nolan

Subs: Josh Kenworthy (Sawicki), Martin Clark (Nolan), Jason Dodwell, Chris Mason (Owens)

Attendance: 274

Goals: Martyn Andrews (8), DANNY NOLAN (17), Ian Fitzpatrick (64 pen), TERRY FEARNS (70 pen), CHRIS MASON (80)

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