Saturday Spetember 3rd, 3pm
Chorley returned to the top of the league with a well-deserved win on the longest away trip of the season.
Whitby had the first chance of the game when former Middlesbrough striker Andy Campbell fired wide, but other than this the man who in 2002 cost Cardiff City a cool £1million was shackled by captain Andy Teague and man of the match Wayne Maden.
After this early scare the Magpies took control and almost opening the scoring on eight minutes when Simon Whaley crossed to Steve Foster, but the marksman’s shot went narrowly wide.
Tom Ince then tested the keeper before Foster netted what was the winner on sixteen minutes with a trademark 25 yard lob, leaving Whitby’s 41-year-old keeper David Campbell no chance.
At the other end Russ Saunders raced the to the edge of his box to superbly block a one-on-one opportunity.
Andy Teague smashed a header wide with the last chance of the half as the Magpies cruised into the interval.
At the restart Andy Russell replaced Tom Williams who tick a hefty knock in the latter stages of the opening 45, but other than this it was more of the same with Chorley dominating the so far winless Whitby.
Whaley snatched a shot over then at the other end Whitby wasted an opportunity with a free-kick.
Nathan Fairhurst replaced Adam Roscoe in midfield on sixty six minutes.
The Magpies thought they’d netted a second when Maden headed home an Ince corner from ten yards, but the referee disallowed the goal for climbing, then later on the penalised Teague for a foul on the keeper despite their being very little contact.
Lee McEvilly replaced Foster up front for the final five and he retained possession well and almost scored a second, but couldn’t direct his header.
Andy Russell ensured the three points returned to Lancashire with an acrobatic goal line clearance and Whitby searched for an equaliser in the final minutes, but the defence otherwise stood firm and Saunders was rarely troubled in goal.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Tom Williams, Tom Walker, Andy Teague, Wayne Maden, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Simon Whaley, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Lee McEvilly, Andy Russell, Nathan Fairhurst, John Cunliffe, Chris Howarth
Goal: STEVE FOSTER (16)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Wayne Maden, immense at the back, like he’d never been missing!