Saturday October 1st, 3pm
Chorley limped to victory over struggling Burscough thanks to a late last strike by Shelton Payne and with it return to the top of the league.
It looked so promising when Lee McEvilly netted from the spot to put the hosts in front on eleven minutes, but from then on in the Magpies played well below their usual standard and Burscough will have made the short trip home in disbelief that they came away with nothing.
Chris Denham chased a diagonal ball to the edge of the area then disposed visiting keeper Craig Ellison before squaring to McEvilly, who was downed as he turned his marker. He got to his feet and calmly sent Ellison the wrong way.
After this goal the Magpies display was flat and although we were missing a few regulars from the line-up more should been expected from any team Chorley field, especially given the fact that the opposing team are bottom of the league.
Burscough, their goal apart, didn’t trouble Russell Saunders too much, but for all the possession they had they should have at the very least left with a point.
Their goal was a superb free-kick from one-time Preston North End starlet Mark Beesley, driving the ball beyond the stretching Saunders from 25 yards.
The remainder of the first half and the majority of the second was a case of Burscough plugging away without success, while the Magpies struggled to play any sort of cohesive football.
With the game seemingly set to end in draw it was left to Payne to sprint through the heart of the Linnets defence to slide the ball into the far corner, and with the goal coming in the final minute of added time there was nothing Burscough could do to recover.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Ali Brown, Andy Russell, Andy Teague, Wayne Maden, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Nathan Fairthurst, Chris Denham, Lee McEvilly, Tom Ince
Subs: Jamie Vermiglio, John Cunliffe (McEvilly, 67), Tom Williams (Roscoe, 58), Mark Ross, Shelton Payne (Denham, 45)
Goals: LEE McEVILLY (11, Pen), Mark Beesley (25), SHELTON PAYNE (90)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Russell Saunders, on top of his game while many of them around him weren’t