Tuesday February 22nd
Chorley let slip a two goal lead on the artificial surface at Woodley Sports to drop two points at Lambeth The Neil Rourke Memorial Stadium.
It looked like the three points were in the bag after the side cruised to a comfortable half time lead with two superb strikes from Shelton Payne and Jordan Stepien. However, whatever was said in the Woodley changing room at half-time certainly changed things around as the hosts came out with more composure while the Magpies failed to maintain the high level of performance they’d displayed in the opening period.
The opening goal came following excellent wing play from Tom Ince. His run and cross fell for Stepien, who then shot wide of the mark, but it fell kindly for Payne who volleyed home from eight yards.
The lead was the doubled when John Cunliffe chased a long ball from Andrew Teague. The striker then flicked the ball over his shoulder to Stepien who volleyed home from a similar position to Payne.
After the interval the arrears were reduced when Nathan Neequaye headed home at the far post.
Just after Neequaye’s strike Tom Ince swung in a corner but Teague superb headed was hooked clear from under the bar by the home keeper Liam Higginbotham.
With quarter of an hour to go Neequaye netted his second and the equaliser with his another header.
Matt Jansen, Mark Houghton and Adam Roscoe were added to the action in the search for a winner, butit was Dale Witham who twice came closest to netting; the first saw a header cleared off the line then deep into injury time he fired inches wide from 30 yards.
Starting XI: Lloyd Rigby, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Andrew Teague, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Shelton Payne, Steve Flitcroft, Jordan Stepien, John Cunliffe, Tom Ince
Subs: Mark Houghton (Cunliffe, 58), Mark Ross, Adam Roscoe (Payne, 90), Matt Jansen (Stepien, 82), Aaron Grundy
Goals: SHELTON PAYNE (7), JORDAN STEPIEN (20), Nathan Neequaye (51, 75)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Tom Ince, a threat throughout on the flank