Wednesday January 26th
Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy, Semi-Final
@ The County Ground, Leyland
Chorley failed to reach the final of this old competition following an excellent game between two committed sides, the only difference being the quality finishing provided by Fylde striker Andy Bell, who's two goals won the match.
The Magpies created the greater number of chances throughout, yet Fylde were a constantly threatened, utilising the pace of ex-Manchester United winger Michael Barnes on the left flank.
Indeed Fylde’s opening goal came from a Barnes cross that was headed in at the far post by Bell on 29 minutes.
The winner, a one-on-one situation between Bell and Aaron Grundy on 65 minutes which Bell calmly side footed home came on the break following a Shelton Payne 25 yard effort at the other end. Fylde’s pace and quick moving of the ball through the centre played Bell in and he finished calmly from 12 yards.
Throughout the match the action was end to end with both sides creating chances, but the clinical finished of Bell was the only difference between the two sides.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Jerome Fitzgerald, Dale Whitham, Shelton Payne, Steve Flitcroft, Mark Houghton, John Cunliffe, Tom Ince
Subs: Jonathan Smith, Jordan Stepien (Houghton, 69), Jack Dorney (Payne, 72), Nathan Fairhurst (Flitcroft, 52), Steve Burke
Goals: Andy Bell (29, 65)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: John Cunliffe, a constant threat with his own efforts and creating for his teammates.