Wednesday September 14th, 7.45pm
THE Magpies maintained the great early season form with a convincing four-one victory over nearest rivals Burscough.
With Burscough now having to play in Skelmersdale, the ‘home’ support was massively outnumbered, and this gave the game a surreal feel.
In a quiet opening half hour there was very little goalmouth action apart from a Tom Walker shot from 30 yards which the keeper spilled then a goaline clearance prevented Andy Teague from heading in the opener.
When the opening goal did arrived it should have been from the spot, as a Tom Ince cross was clearly handballed to safety, however the officials were the only people not to agree. However, Ince whipped in a superb corner and Adam Roscoe put a bullet header beyond the keepers reach on 37 minutes.
The second half erupted into action in the forty-eighth minute when Simon Whaley found himself in space on the edge of the box and cooly curled the ball into the far corner for the second, the six minutes later turned provider with a peach of a cross to Roscoe, who repeated his earlier effort.
Two minutes further into the half and Ince netted the goal of the game with a drive from 25 yard which looped over the keeper into the top of the net.
The goal fest didn’t end there as Burscough breach the Magpies defence almost from the restart, with the defence obviously distracted by the earlier action at the other end and William Jones beat Russell Saunders at his near post.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Ali Brown, Tom Walker, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Simon Whaley, Tom Williams, Tom Ince
Subs: Wayne Maden (Teague, 55), Lee McEvilly, John Cunliffe (Roscoe, 60), Nathan Fairhurst (Flitcroft, 67), Chris Howarth
Goals: ADAM ROSCOE (37), SIMON WHALEY (48), ADAM ROSCOE (53), TOM INCE (56), William Jones (57)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Simon Whaley, scored one and created another, his best game yet