Tuesday October 11th, 8.30pm
The Magpies got back to winning ways with a late night finish against Rushall Olympic.
With the kick-off delayed until 8.30pm due to a major incident on the motorway, most supporters amongst a health 613 crowd on a rain soaked night took advantage of the social clubs facilities for an extra dink or two while. Credit though to Rushall as Hednesford Town, from the same region, failed to complete a similar journey to Marine with the game being postponed.
When the game finally did kick-off, it very nearly kicked-off as Ruchall’s Lucan Spittle and Chorley’s Steve Foster clashed with less than a minute on the clock, setting a precedent for the majority of this fiery encounter.
Indeed Spittle didn’t make it to half time, being dismissed for hacking down Adam Roscoe, while the Magpies were reduced to ten men when Steve Flitcroft was show a second yellow in the second half.
Chorley’s goal was netted by Foster, heading in a Dale Whitham cross and was the highlight of a game blighted by interruptions as the referee struggled to control proceedings.
The first half saw few clear cut chances, with the best falling to Foster late on but his low shot went narrowly wide.
The second period saw a flurry of activity in and around the visitor’s goal, but despite being a man short they defended resolutely, showing why they have one of the tightest defences in the division.
Following numerical parity returning, Rushall pushed forward for the first time in the game in hope of an equaliser, but the Magpies continued to attack at the other end and the recently transfer listed Shelton Payne was amongst the Magpies who went close.