Saturday August 13th, 3pm
Chorley kicked off their first Evo-Stik Premier Division campaign in 13 years with an excellent away win at North Ferriby United, who last season qualified for the Premier Division play-offs.
Following last season’s play-off success, hopes are justifiably high that the Magpies can make an impact in the higher division and this win over a side that is expected to challenge for honours will give Garry Flitcroft’s team confidence going into a home double header, with Frickley Athletic and Buxton visiting Victory Park in the next week.
The early stages of the match was a cagey affair with both sides cancelling each other out, but at the game progressed the Magpies began to edge the possession count with Man of the Match Jamie Vermiglio outstanding in the centre of the park.
Both sides attempted shots from distance, but neither defence was troubled until the half hour mark when Dale Whitham created an opening and crossed to Tom Ince, but the defence and keeper smothered the ball on the edge of the 6-yard box, then shortly after Andy Teague header over from an Ince centre.
The hosts best chance of the opening 45 fell to club stalwart Gary Bradshaw, but his volley sailed wide of the post from 10 yards.
With the half drawing to a close and the ball seemingly heading for a goal kick, striker Steve Foster turned provider when he chased the ball down and volleyed a cross into the box where strike partner Chris Denham was on hand to head home in fine style from 6 yards, placing the ball beyond the keepers reach.
Just three minutes after the break the lead was doubled when Vermiglio reminded Magpie fans of his first spell at the club with a powerful drive into the box, only to be tripped as he closed in on the keeper.
Foster stepped up and slotted home the resultant spot kick.
Ferriby weren’t at the races, but Matthew Striland kept the visitors on their toes with a shot the rebounded to safety off the woodwork.
Shortly after this Vermiglio was withdrawn with Tom Williams entering the action, then a double change up front as Foster and Denham made way for Mark Houghton and Lee McEvilly. The Magpies lost their way a little after these changes as the hosts fought to claw their way back into the match, and with the exception of an Ince effort from range and a Houghton shot with was the hosts that dominated the final 15 minutes.
Russell Saunders made an excellent debut in goal and when the defence was rarely breached his was in top form to keep the hosts out, however he was helpless to prevent a consolation goal when Park Harsley netted from the second spot kick of the game following a foul on the edge of the box by Tom Walker.
Despite Ferriby pressure late on, the Magpies were worthy winners and now sit in sixth place in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
On Tuesday evening Frickley Athletic are the visitors to The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm
Chorley: Russ Saunders, Dale Whitham, Tom Walker, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Chris Denham, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Lee McEvilly (Foster, 71), Wayne Maden, Mark Houghton (Denham, 71), Tom Williams (61), Shelton Payne
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jamie Vermiglio, ran the show.
Goals: CHRIS DENHAM (44), STEVE FOSTER (48 Pen), Paul Harsley (86)