Tuesday September 6th, 7.45pm
The top two sides in the league slogged out an entertaining nil-all draw in torrential rain.
In front of a very healthy attendance of 805 considering the conditions and the fact that England v Wales was live on ITV1, both sides played entertaining football but neither could find their way to the back of the net, although Chorley did go very close on a couple of occasions in the second half.
Vics, with unreadable white numbers on their yellow shirts so forgive me for not naming too many of their players in this report, had the only real effort on goal in the first half, but despite being through one-on-one with Russ Saunders the shot almost landed on the Rangletts Rec is went that wide!
Both defences were outstanding throughout, but this doesn’t mean the attacks were below par, they weren’t. Too often goalless games are bore draws, but not tonight’s match as both teams looked to daylight between themselves and the rest at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Into the second half and Saunders made a smart save at the near post then the best chance of the game fell to Tom Ince.
Tom Walker whipped a cross in to Ince whose side footed effort from four yards was cleared off the line,
Tom Williams shot just wide following good approach play by Simon Whaley and Dale Whitham curled one over the angle as the Magpies looked for an opener.
Tom Walker played the pass of the night, switching play from left back to right wing with an inch perfect ball to the feet of new signing Ali Brown, who advanced into the box and saw his left foot drive well save by Northwich keeper Ben Hinchcliffe.
The game wasn’t all one way traffic and Saunders showed a safe pair of hands to gather a few balls into the box when under pressure and Brown made a saving header.
At the end a share of the spoils was a fair result and credit to the large crowd, including a good number of Vic’s supporters, who braved the weather to support their clubs rather than sit at home in the warmth and watch a lacklustre England performance against Wales.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Ali Brown, Tom Walker, Andy Teague, Wayne Maden, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Simon Whaley, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Lee McEvilly (Whaley, 85), Andy Russell (Maden, 59), Tom Williams (Foster, 45), Nathan Fairhurst, John Cunliffe
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Ali Brown, a great debut almost capped with a great goal.