Saturday January 8th
Garry Flitcroft’s team kept up the pressure on league leaders Chester with a dominant performance against Prescot Cables at Hope Street.
The score line doesn’t reflect how much the Magpies controlled this game but Lloyd Rigby, in replacing the unwell Aaron Grundy, had very little to do other than the occasional sweeping up behind the defence.
After a cagey opening few minutes with both sides coming to terms with a bogy Chorley took the lead in 22 minutes with Dale Whitham heading home his twelfth goal the season from perfect left wing cross by Tom Walker.
Despite the vast majority of possession, it took until the 89th minute for the win to be sealed when Shelton Payne cut in from the left flank to beautifully curl the ball beyond Langley in the Cables goal.
Between these strikes the best of the other chances saw Mark Houghton nearly tapped home a Payne centre, Jack Dorney loop a shot just over the bar, Steve Flitcroft shoot narrowly wide from the edge of the box, Mark Ross blast the ball through a sea of legs just beyond the far post and a couple of free-kick attempts went just beyond the goal.
This was the third game in succession, following on from the Radcliffe and Curzon games, that Chorley recorded a league double, taking the tally of six pointers for the season to four.
Starting XI: Lloyd Rigby, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Dale Whitham, Steve Flitcroft, Mark Houghton, John Cunliffe, Tom Ince
Subs: Jordan Stepien (Houghton, 88), Jack Dorney (Cunliffe, 63), Jerome Fitzgerald, Shelton Payne (Ince, 50), Nathan Fairhurst
Goals: DALE WHITHAM (22), SHELTON PAYNE (89)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jamie Vermiglio, controlled the midfield