Saturday September 25th, 3pm
Chorley recorded another large comfortable victory in front of the days largest Evo-Stik League attendance and a seasons best at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium of 823.
Following the much changed side that were defeated in the Presidents Cup on Tuesday night, it was back to the winning formula of the previous league game.
Durham, who started the day sat second to bottom of the league, gave the Magpies an early scare with a shot from range that was tipped over by Aaron Grundy in just the third minute.
As the home side settled into the game they became stronger and controlling possession for long periods, while Durham occasionally threatened on the break.
Shelton Payne and Jack Dorney combined on the left; Dorney then slipped the ball to Dale Whitham, but the central midfielder couldn’t get the ball from under his feet and the chance when begging.
Wayne Maden headed over from a Payne cross then the visitors, again on the break, had a chance but the resulting shot rebounded to safety off Tom Walker when it could have gone anywhere!
The visiting keeper, James Winter, then had to be quick off his line to stop Chris Simm advancing when put through by striker partner Mark Houghton.
The opening goal came on 24 minutes. Jamie Vermiglio released Tom Walker on the left wing. The full-back steamed into the area and crossed into the six yard box, where in amongst a pile of bodies the unfortunate Arjun Purewal got the final touch and put it past Winter.
Shelton Payne hit the crossbar with a sliced cross, and Chris Simm smashed a shot across the face of the goal before the second goal came two minutes before the interval.
Simm created the goal, with a cross from the left which was touched home by Whitham for his fifth of the campaign.
Just before the interval the only down point of the day arrived in the form of what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury to midfielder Jamie Vermiglio following an innocuous challenge and an awkward landing.. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.
After the interval, with Steve Flitcroft in the centre having replaced Vermiglio, there were just two minutes of the second half played with the third was scored. Maden flicked on a cross to Houghton, who in turned put the ball into the centre of the box where Andy Russell was on hand to hammer the ball home in a similar style to last weeks opening strike at Chester.
Six minutes later it was four when Payne sprinted clear of the defence and tapped home easily after rounding the keeper.
Shortly after this Payne with withdrawn, with Tom Ince coming into the action and it was Ince who created the fifth goal, sliding the ball across the six yard line for loan striker Chris Simm to open his Chorley account from close range.
With the game won for a Chorley point of view and lost from a Durham perspective, the visitors then appeared to lose the plot! In the final five minutes they had two players dismissed; the first a straight red for hacking down Mark Houghton when clean through and the second for two yellow cards following a foul on Jack Dorney. With Evo-Stik suspensions taking pace two weeks to take effect, both players will (unless other suspension kick-in) be available to face the Magpies next week in the quick return fixture at the Esh Group Stadium!
With Chester, Clitheroe and Witton Albion all winning (Warrington were playing in the Cup), the race for the title is a tight as every.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Wayne Maden, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney, Jamie Vermiglio, Chris Simm, Mark Houghton, Shelton Payne
Subs: Matt Jansen, Tom Ince (Payne, 58), Steve Flitcroft (Vermiglio, 44), Jonathan Smith, Mark Ross (Woodyatt, 81)
Goals: OWN GOAL (Arjun Purewal, 20, DALE WHITHAM (43), ANDY RUSSELL (48), SHELTON PAYNE (54), CHRIS SIMM (74)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Andy Russell, a rock at the back (alongside the equally excellent Maden) and popped up with another goal.