Tuesday August 23rd, 7.45pm
CHORLEY maintained their perfect start to the season with a hard fought victory in Staffordshire.
Despite Stafford’s indifferent start to the season, they could have won the game had they taken their chances while the Magpies could have also added to their tally. Neither side would have complained had the game ended all square, but a moment of magic from Adam Roscoe sent the points up the M6 to Lancashire.
The match was a hard fought contest with plenty of goalmouth action from the start. Rangers had to early opportunities, but a poor final pass and a blocked shot kept them out.
Lee McEvilly had Chorley’s first chances, firstly forcing a save from Danny Read in goal, then chipping just over the goal angle from 15 yards.
Simon Whaley, making his first start, had a shot blocked; Steve Flitcroft put the rebound narrowly wide.
Andy Teague picked McEvilly out with a superb pass; the big striker then combined with partner Steve Foster before Read again saved. Soon after, McEvilly feed Foster, but the leading scorer fired wide.
As the first half drew to a close Rangers looked the stronger side. They went close when Tom Williams was beaten for pace by the left winger, who riffled a shot off the Chorley bar, then following a scramble in the box Teague cleared the danger when Rangers should have tested Russell Saunders goal.
Into the second half Rangers again were on top, however Garry Flitcroft responded by introducing Tom Williams and Wayne Made, who was making his first competitive appearance since last winter.
This change switched the balance of play as Chorley started to edge the game.
Williams, who switched from full-back to striker following the double substitution, started the cause problems with his pace, and broke into the box only for an excellent last-ditch-tackle just inside the area.
Tom Ince forced a corner from which Teague headed narrowly over, then at the other end Rangers should have taken the lead when their striker (could make out who) was playing in clean through on goal but he couldn’t make any contact with the ball when any touch would have caused Saunders problems.
Rangers then started to pump the ball into the box in search for their first win of the season, but the back four and keeper stood up to the onslaught and cleared everything.
With time running out Chorley were awarded a free kick some 30 years out. While everyone was expecting a cross, up stepped Adam Roscoe to curl in a beauty that David Beckham would have been proud of to send the sizable Magpies following into raptures.
Rangers stepped up the pressure, now looking for an equaliser, but again Chorley defended resolutely and Saunders was superb in clearing his lines when under extreme pressure as The Magpies claimed the first of the two sides to win on their opponents’ soil!
Chorley: Russell Saunders, Tom Williams, Tom Ince, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Lee McEvilly, Steve Foster, Simon Whaley
Subs: Wayne Maden (McEvilly, 52), Matt Jansen, Nathan Fairhurst (Flitcroft, 88), Tom Walker (Whaley, 52), Chris Howarth
Goal: ADAM ROSCOE (82)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Andy Teague, immense at the back