Saturday September 24th, 3pm
THE Magpies moved back to second place in the league with a victory which was far less comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
Worksop, under the guidance of caretaker manager Kevin Staniland belied their lowly league position in the first half stretching the home defence on numerous occasions with front two Jamie Jackson and Massiah McDonald keeping the back five on fill alert.
The Magpies almost go off to a dream start when Andy Russell powered home a header, only for the linesman’s flag to deny the big defender. Worksop then hit on the break and it needed Andy Teague to clear from within the six-yard box as the visitors signalled their intent.
Town’s number nine, the visitors Man of the Match Jackson, then went on a mazy run and this time Tom Ince was on hand to clear off the line as the visitors looked to add to the solitary point they’d collected on their travels this season.
Ince played the pass of the game, ping the ball 60 yards to the feet of Simon Whaley, but after the former PNE winger advanced toward goal his shot was deflected for a corner, form which Russell was extremely unlucky to head just over the bar.
Town continued to press, however the backline appeared to regain their solidity and kept the Tigers out.
Lee McEvilly was unlucky to swipe the ball narrowly wide from difficult position.
With the half coming to an end it looked like the sides would go in all square, only of Dale Whitham to pounce from 15 yards, hammering the ball home after an Ince corner rebounded off the bar. However from the restart the Tigers went straight down to the other end and Jackson slotted the ball beneath Russell Saunders to ensure parity at the break.
After the restart the Magpies started to finally get a grip on proceedings, something they didn’t do throughout the first half, and with only five second half minutes on the clock Chorley were back in front when
Whaley drilled home a half cleared Ince corner.
Town still caused problem, but shots tended to be from range and Saunders was rarely troubled.
On the hour mark Chris Denham made a welcome return to action for the first time since the 6-0 hammering of Frickley back in August, leaving the bench with John Cunliffe, replacing McEvilly and Whaley, then shortly after Tom Williams replaced Shelton Payne.
Whitham, last season joint top scorer with twenty, increased his seasonally tally to three heading home a Russell cross after a spell of sustained Chorley pressure to finally put clearance between the two teams.
The final goal saw two substitutes combine as the skilful Cunliffe played in Williams with a well weighted ball and the versatile attacker shot past the keeper from 12 yards.
Despite the score line, credit must be given to Worksop for putting up a tremendous fight and not looking like a bottom three-side and their travelling support was by far the largest to visit Victory Park so far this season and helped swell the gate beyond the 1000 mark.
Starting XI: Russ, Saunders, Ali Brown, Tom Ince, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Jamie Vermiglio, Simon Whaley, Lee McEvilly, Shelton Payne
Subs: Wayne Maden, Tom Williams (Payne, 65), Chris Denham (McEvilly, 60), John Cunliffe (Whaley, 60), Nathan Fairhurst
Goals: DALE WHITHAM (42), Jamie Jackson (43), SIMON WHALEY (51), DALE WHITHAM (69), TOM WILLIAMS (77)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Andy Russell, outstanding in attack and a threat going forward