Saturday December 11th
Chorley’s return to action didn’t’ bring a return to good form as the recent indifferent spell continued with a last gasp defeat at the hands of Garforth Town.
Town’s winner came two minutes into stoppage time and a matter of second after Chorley almost hit the winner themselves! Shelton Payne, put through by an Andy Russell ball over the top, sprinted at goal and into the area, but his shot hammered against foot of the post. From this Town broke, and Chris Howard slotted home when unmarked in the centre of the area.
The only consolation was that Chester and Skelmersdale both also lost today, with Chester also being sunk in the final seconds!
In the first half, despite early pressure, Chorley failed to test the visiting keeper but had a few shots blocked, while at the other end Garforth spurned the best chance with a shot following a left wing attack going narrowly over the angle of the goal.
Town took the lead nine minutes into the second half when a direct free kick from Paul Walker flew through the wall, leaving debutant keeper Lloyd Rigby no chance.
Chorley’s first best chance of the half came when Jack Dorney hit the bar from a free-kick, and in a prelude to what was to come Garforth broke and almost scored, but Dorney got back to block on the line.
It took eleven minutes for the equaliser to arrive when Dale Whitham’s drive went in off the foot of the post – if only the same outcome would have happened twenty five minutes later!!
A spell of home pressure then saw Town pegged back, but the lack of killer instinct in front of goal, and perhaps too many touches on the ball from the midfielders meant few clear cut chances came.
Starting XI: Lloyd Rigby, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Nick Meace, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney, Nathan Fairhurst, Mark Houghton, Steve Abbott, Tom Ince
Subs: Jordan Stepien (Houghton, 68), John Cunliffe (Dorney, 82), Shelton Payne (Ince, 72), Mark Ross, Dean Porter
Goals: Paul Walker (54), DALE WHITHAM (65) Chris Howarth (90+2)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Lee Woodyatt, as solid and dependable as ever