New Years Day
Chorley came from behind to record their second league double of the season and moved back up to second place in the league.
It looked like there might be a hangover from the Christmas and New Year celebrations when ex-Magpie Adam Roscoe finished from a tight angle to put Borough in front after only two minutes. Seconds earlier the tall striker missed an easier chance as the home side edged the opening exchanges.
The lead though lasted just eight minutes. Following a quick free-kick, Mark Houghton’s embarrasses were saved as following him missing an clear shot at goal Dale Whitham slotted home beyond ex-Manchester United keeper Nick Culkin.
The winning goal came following a great delivery from Tom Ince which Whitham nodded into the far corner, giving Culkin no chance despite his desperate dive.
Boro could have taken the lead prior to Whitham’s second. Roscoe could have added to his tally as he out jumped Mark Ross, and indeed the tall for Chorley player caused the Magpies defence trouble throughout the game.
The second half contained few clear cut chances, with the closest either sides came to scoring coming in the final few nervy minutes as Boro pressed for an equaliser. A lengthy spell of pressure when the visitors couldn’t clear their lines resulted in two free-kicks on the edge of the box, the first of these following Andy Russell receiving a red card. Despite their best efforts, the defence and a returning Aaron Grundy in the Chorley goal kept them out to record a needed and deserved win.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney, Steve Flitcroft, Mark Houghton, John Cunliffe, Tom Ince
Subs: Jordan Stepien (Cunliffe, 63), Shelton Payne (Ince, 63), Jamie Vermiglio (Houghton, 84), Jonathan Smith, Nathan Fairhurst
Goals: Adam Roscoe (2), DALE WHITHAM (10, 33)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: John Cunliffe, added a new dimension to the Chorley attack.