Saturday September 11th
Chorley’s winning start to the league campaign came to an end in a game that showed how evenly match these two sides are with the ‘Chorley Lurcher’ Michael Jennings and the Manchester United academy side watching as guests of the club.
With Steve Flitcroft sidelines with a back injury and Andy Russell suspended, in stepped Jamie Vermiglio and Mark Ross, with loan signing Chris Simm having to make do with a place on the bench.
The opening exchanges were cagey with both sides erring on the side of caution with not going behind appearing to be a higher priority than going in front.
Tom Ince had the first chance of the game on the quarter-hour mark but he hooked his shot wide, something he repeated again later in the half.
At the other end Ross proved to be more than adequate as Russell’s replacement, twice blocking in quick succession in the area.
Tom Walker and Ross combined to create an opening for Shelton Payne, who sped down the flank but his cross into the box was cut out.
Jack Dorney was the next to knock on Fylde’s door, but his shot was blocked, but the move was continued when Ince and Mark Houghton combined to setup Payne, but the wingers effort went high.
Fylde made a tactical change with a winger replacing a defensive midfielder, and this brought Fylde more into the game.
Aaron Grundy then spilled a free-kick from Fylde captain Jamie Milligan, be recovered enough to put off the follow up as the second attempt went wayward
As the half closed, Dorney was inches to short to get on the end of a Payne cross, and the final action was the same mentioned earlier, with Ince putting wide.
The second hale started with Fylde on the attack, but the defence coped well.
Ten minutes into the half Payne made way for Simm to make his debut.
Ince, who switched to the left flank following the introduction of Simm, crossed too deep, and from this loss of possession Fylde broke on the attack. As Chorley born striker Tom Cahill moved into the box, Grundy was adjudged to have brought him down, but Joe Booth failed to take his chance from the spot, putting his kick well side with Grundy looking on from the opposite side of the box.
Dorney then shot narrowly over from 18 yards before Ince received a yellow card for simulation after going down perhaps too dramatically on the edge of the box.
Dorney shinned a shot from an Ince corner which was easily cleared and Mark Houghton couldn’t quite jab the ball round the right side of the post when played through by Vermiglio.
Five minutes from time Houghton crossed into the box and Simm thought he’d converted for the winner, only to see the linesmen raise his flag for offside.
Vermiglio had one last blast in injury time, hitting Fyldes full-back full in the face rather than the back of the net!
A point each, but the Magpies remain at the top of the league.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Wayne Maden, Mark Ross, Jamie Vermiglio, Jack Dorney, Dale Whitham, Tom Ince, Mark Houghton, Shelton Payne
Subs: Jonathan Smith, Chris Simm (Payne, 55), Steve Burke (Houghton, 89), Nathan Fairhurst, Dean Porter
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Wayne Maden, a colossus at the back.