Monday August 23rd
What a start to the season! Six points from two game, top of the league, twelve goals for the team and seven for Jack Dorney alone - is this really Chorley FC?
For the second game running the Magpies ran riot and bagged a fashionable half dozen, this time at the home of one of the sides expected to be challenging for honours come the end of April, as side that usually give his a lesson in how to finish.
Right from the kick-off Garry Flitcorft’s side continued from where they left off on Saturday and took the lead after just twenty seconds. Shelton Payne broke through the centre and slotted past the keeper to give the Magpies a dream start.
And it just got better as just two minutes later Saturday’s hat-trick hero Jack Dorney was at it again, picking himself up and slotting home from the spot.
Curzon finally got going and the third goal of an incredible opening five minutes was put away by Chris Worlsey, finishing a left wing attack. They put Chorley under pressure for a spell, with Mark Ross picking up a yellow card for a late tackle.
Dorney missed two chances before slotting home his fourth penalty of the season and his fifth goal of the campaign on 33 minutes. A 50 yard pass from Andy Russell was brought under control with one touch of Jack’s blue boots, only to be felled as he side stepped the defender. Up he got and away the ball went.
Shortly before half time Wayne Maden was substituted following a clash of heads, being replaced by striker Mark Houghton; Andy Russell moving to partner Ross in the centre, Tom Ince filling in at left-back and Payne sliding out onto the wing.
The second half kicked off at a relatively sedate pace, but things soon picked up as Matt Jansen smashed in a free-kick which was saved by the keeper, Houghton shot an Ince cross narrowly over and Dorney saw the keeper save when one-on-one.
However he was not to be denied his second successive match ball on 70 minutes when to poked home from close range to make if four-one to the Magpies.
Curzon were still a threat at the other end and reduced the arrears on 75 minutes when Luke Mack converted from the spot following a Jamie Vermiglio foul.
With six goals in two games you’d be forgiven for thinking he might be happy with his tally so far, but Jack Dorney went into seventh heaven on 77 minutes when he converted a Payne left wing centre.
A minute from time Houghton netted his first of the season. Curzon threatened on the edge of the area, but the resolute Magpies tuned defence into attack as Jansen nodded the ball around the defence and squared for Houghton to convert in style.
Dorney was awarded a standing ovation seconds from the end by manager Garry Flitcroft.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Andy Russell, Wayne Maden, Mark Ross, Jamie Vermiglio, Jack Dorney, Steve Flitcroft, Shelton Payne, Matt Janson, Tom Ince
Subs: Jonathan Smith, Nathan Fairhurst (Dorney 90), Mark Houghton (Maden 38), Ryan Small (Payne 80), Dean Porter
Goals: SHELTON PAYNE (1), JACK DORNEY (3 pen), Chris Worsley (5), JACK DORNEY (33 pen, 70), Luke Mack (75 pen), JACK DORNEY (77), MARK HOUGHTON (89)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jack Dorney, who else!