Tuesday October 5th, 7.45pm
LFA Challenge Trophy
The Magpies made their way through to the next round of the Lancashire Co-operative Challenge Trophy but the much changed side had to dig deep against a valiant AFC Darwen side who looked far better than their league form and position suggests.
Following last week’s postponement due to a floodlight failure at the Anchor Ground, and another subsequent failure since, the tie was switch to the Chorley Nissan Victory Park Stadium and a crowd of 422 will no doubt boost the coffers at the reformed club, whose last home attendance was just 23!
Indeed it was the ‘home’ side who took the league on 42 minutes when a right wing cross was nodded in past Dean Porter. This was only the second time this season the ‘visitors’ had been behind at Victory Park, and this first time such a score line was recorded at the interval.
No doubt Garry Flitcroft had a word or two to say to the team at the break; and it appeared to make a difference as within minutes of the restart the sides were level when Jordan Stepien converted from the spot following a foul on Shelton Payne.
The match was evenly balanced, much to Darwen’s credit, until the final ten or so minutes when substitute Dale Whitham netted the second following up a blocked Jack Dorney effort on 76 minutes, then Dorney himself recorded his 14th of the season a few minutes later tapping home after Payne had capitalised on a defensive mistake.
The game saw a red card for each side, with Shelton Payne receiving a straight red for a clumsy high challenge, while Darwen’s dismissal was for two yellow cards.
The reward for tonights win is another away game, this time at Evo-Stik Premier Division side, and in days gone by major rivals of the Magpies, Marine.
Starting XI: Dean Porter, Mark Ross, Tom Walker, Jonathan Smith, Nick Meace, Nathan Fairhurst, Shelton Payne, Dale Whitham, Steve Burke, Jordan Stepien, Tom Ince
Subs: Steve Flitcroft, Lee Woodyatt, Matt Jansen, Andy Russell, Jack Dorney (Burke, 70)
Goals: Langford (42), JORDAN STEPIEN (49 pen), DALE WHITHAM (76), JACK DORNEY (80)#
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jordan Stepien, his goal capped a fine first ninety minutes for the club.