Saturday October 30th
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
THE Magpies progressed to the final qualifying round of the FA Trophy with a victory over Evo-Stik Premier side Marine, inspired by substitute Matt Jansen as the former Rovers striker rolled back the years with a cameo appearance in the final quarter hour to wrestle the tie away from the Mariners into the Magpies favour.
Cheered on by another 800+ attendance, Chorley pushed almost right from the kick-off as a ball over the top from stand-in-skipper Lee Woodyatt almost caught the visiting defence knapping as Aaron Rey and Jordan Stepien both chased the ball, but a corner was their only reward.
Tom Ince then put a free-kick in to the far post but Steve Flitcroft couldn’t quite get into the end of it. Tom Walker shot wide from distance and Dale Whitham couldn’t head the bar round the right side of the post.
Marine keeper, Ryan McMahon, had to be alert to beat the ball clear on several occasions and Marine also survived two penalty appeals in the opening period, firstly a hand ball inside the six-yard box and later Jack Dorney’s progress was halted just inside the keepers area.
Marine took the lead against the run of play when the ball bounced kindly over the defence to the feet of striker Neil Harvey, who slotted calmly home.
This goal knocked the hosts out of their stride and Marine took control of the ball without making any real progress before the half ended.
The second period continued as the first had ended, and Tom Ince was alter to block a shot early on to keep out the visitors, but from here on the Magpies got back into the game and started to turn the screw.
A third penalty appeal, another hand ball, was turned down and Dorney has McMahon at full stretch with a long range effort.
Too many times the Magpies were guilty of trying to walk the ball home, until that is the arrival of Jansen, however two Porter saves were required in quick succession to ensure the different was kept to a single goal before Jansen struck.
The equaliser appeared to come from nowhere, as Jansen hammered in a shot from 20 yards that left McMahon rooted to the spot, his first competitive goal for the club
Three minutes later it was goal taker turning goal provider has a Walker left wing cross was nodded down by Jansen to Stepien, who volleyed home from close range to put the Magpies in front.
Stepien was now full of confidence and starting to show the form that made up such a formidable striker at Leigh last season.
With time running out Marine were awarded a free kick, but the defence coped well to snuff out the visitors final chance of the match, and then, three minutes into injury time Jansen again supplied Stepien who volleyed home from the angle of the area, leaving McMahon grabbing at thin air.
So that’s £5,200 banked in this competition so far and we look forward to the final qualification round when Blue Square North & South clubs are included in the draw.
Starting XI: Dean Porter, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney, Steve Flitcroft, Jordan Stepien, Aaron Rey, Tom Ince
Subs: Matt Jansen (Rey, 73), Jonathan Smith, Nick Meace, Nathan Fairhurst, Steve Burke
Goals: Neil Harvey (35), MATT JANSEN (75), JORDAN STEPIEN (78, 90)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Matt Jansen, his introduction from the bench turned the game.