Tuesday November 2nd
League Cup 2nd Round
Chorley progressed to the 3rd Round of the League Challenge Cup, the stage in the competition that Premier Division sides enter, but required extra-time to see of league rivals Curzon Ashton at a rain soaked Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.
As has been Garry’s way in the minor cup competitions, again we started with several fringe players starting the game, giving many regulars a well earned rest. In came Mark Ross, Jonathan Smith, Nick Meace, Nathan Fairhurst, Ryan Small & Steve Burke, and all of these lads did Garry and the supporters proud.
Curzon got off to a great start in bizarre circumstances when keeper David Carnell punted a free-kick forward in the fifth minute, and in the swirling wing and driving rain the ball bounced over everyone into the back of the net; queue the slightly confused celebrations from the visitors!
Undeterred by this setback, Chorley battled back and despite not finding the equaliser in the opening half, they were the better side with the highlight being a dazzling Jack Dorney dribble and shot that cannoned off the foot of the post to safety.
Into the second half, and as the downpour increased, the Chorley dominance on the game also increased to the point that Curzon simply couldn’t live with the second string Magpies for long spells.
In a five minute spell the game threatened to get out of control, but thankfully this passed, but not before the goal scoring stopper Carnell saved a Jack Dorney penalty following a foul on Burke.
It was Payne who bagged the equaliser five minutes after the penalty when he picked up a Smith headed clearance and drove toward the keeper before side footing into the far corner.
Dean Porter then pulled off a quality stop as he continued to deputise in style for the injured Aaron Grundy.
Back in attack, the Magpies went close when following a short corner Dorney fired one just beyond the far post in what was the last goal attempt prior to extra-time.
Compared to the second 45 minutes, the opening quarter hour of addition time was a quiet affair with neither side giving any ground , but as the second period progressed the home side stepped upt he pressure and eventually a penalty shoot-out was averted when Burke scored the winner, finishing off a Payne shot the rebounded off the post.
Starting XI: Dean Porter, Mark Ross, Tom Walker, Jonathan Smith, Nick Meace, Nathan Fairhurst, Jack Dorney, Ryan Small, Tom Ince, Steve Burke, Shelton Payne
Subs: Matt Jansen, Dale Whitham (Small, 97), Andy Russell (Smith, 89), Lee Woodyatt (Ross, 102), Steve Flitcroft
Goals: David Carnell (5), SHELTON PAYNE (64), STEVE BURKE (111)
Chorleyfc.com Men of the Match: All the players who stepped up to the mark to see off a strong Curzon Ashton; Mark Ross, Jonathan Smith, Nick Meace, Nathan Fairhurst, Ryan Small & Steve Burke