Saturday August 28th
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Chorley FC's FA Cup dream for 2010/11 ended at the first hurdle as Salford City injected a dose of reality into the Magpies season.
After such a blistering start to the campaign it was always just a matter of time before the fantasy football of the opening week was put to the test, and the Ammies provided this test today at Moor Lane.
With only one change to the starting eleven from the opening games, the injured Matt Jansen being replaced by Mark Houghton, there was nothing to suggest a change in fortune on the pitch was about to occur, but the early signs today were that not everything would go our way.
In the third minute, from the opening corner of the game, the hosts almost drew first blood, and from here on Salford battled hard and contained the Magpies for long periods.
Wayne Maden headed a Lee Woodyatt free-kick at goal on eleven minutes, but home stopper Andy Robertson tipped the ball round the post. Shortly after this the home side appealed for a penalty in the box, but the referee adjudged the infrindgment to be a Steve Foster handball!.
On twenty two minutes Shelton Payne’s pace took him clear of the defence, but he hooked his shot wide. At the other end Aaron Grundy made a double save.
Chorley turned a Salford corner into a counter attack with Tom Ince setting Payne clear, but his shot was blocked.
Into the second half and on 52 minutes Salford were awarded a penalty for a Jamie Vermiglio foul, and Vermiglio was indeed lucky to stay on the pitch when he collected a yellow card after retaliating to raised hands from Foster. Grundy excellently saved the spot kick much to the relief of Vermo.
However, City took the lead soon after when Grundy undid all his good work and gathered a deep cross while stood well behind his line. Despite many attempts to convince the officials otherwise, the goal stood.
Vermiglio made way for Whitham just after the hour mark and a minute later the score was level. A Payne free-kick was only half cleared and the man who just can’t stop scoring, Jack Dorney, who had otherwise a quiet game, slammed home the ball from 20 yards.
With the score at 1-1, Chorley should have then stepped up the pace to take the game to the home team, just a minute after the goal Andy Russell was dismissed for a second yellow card after an innocuous looking tackle.
Five minutes later City should have retaken the lead when a cross was turned over the bar when it looked easier to score, then five minutes from time Grundy had to clear his line with a punch.
With a replay looking likely the tie was won, as on the final minute Rhodri Giggs stabbed home from close range,
Jonathan Smith was thrown on up front in an attempt to get a goal, and Whitham indeed almost came up trumps as he twisted through the defence but put his shot tamely past the far post.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Andy Russell, Mark Ross, Wayne Maden, Jamie Vermiglio, Jack Dorney, Steve Flitcroft, Shelton Payne, Mark Houghton, Tom Ince
Subs: Jonathan Smith (Woodyatt, 90), Dale Whitham (Vermiglio, 61), Nathan Fairhurst, Steve Burke (Houghton, 70), Dean Porter
Goals: Matthew Cross (63), JACK DORNEY (68), Rhodri Giggs
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Dale Whitham; made an impact as soon as he came on.