Saturday November 19th, 3pm
After midweek’s delight of scoring 7 past Ashton Athletic, Chorley FC were brought down back to earth with a 2-0 lose away at Hednesford Town writes Richard Scott.
Only defenders Ally Brown and Wayne Maden kept their place in the starting 11 from Tuesday night’s game as the Magpies looked to end the host’s 14 month unbeaten home run in the league.
The visitors started brightly, being cheered on by a strong army of travelling fans with their main threat coming from striker Matt Waylwn who’s pace caused problems for the Pitmen’s, but he couldn’t find a way past Crane in the Hednesford goal, but could have scored in the opening minutes but had the ball nicked off him when he was about to pull the trigger.
Hednesford slowly worked their way into the game playing long balls out to the wing, trying to bring their speedy wingers of Osburne and Campion into play, but the Magpies back four of Mark Ross, Wayne Maden, Andy Teague and Ally Brown keep them out.
The home side should have taken the lead on 15 minutes when a corner wasn’t cleared and Chris Shaw volleyed over the crossbar and out of the ground from 25 yards when he should have hit the target. Then ten minutes later they thought they had scored when a free kick was whipped in before being headed in but the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul on Teague.
The hosts took the lead on 38 minutes when a mix up between Maden and Russell Saunders on the edge of the Chorley area allowed Gary Hay to steal in and slot the ball into the empty net.
The last action of the first half was when Matt Waywln burst through on goal only to see his shot saved by Crane. As his momentum took him forward he seemed to strain his thigh resulting him being helped off the pitch at half time, being replaced at the restart by Tom Williams.
Just after half time Tom Ince won a free kick, which was played into the box but was headed away by the resolute Hednesford defence.
Willams linked up well with Jamie Vermgilio before seeing his shot from distance fly wide of the goal as the Magpie searched for an equaliser.
21 minutes into the second half and the game was effectively won as sub Mark Danks, who was part of the Northwich team who knocked Charlton Athletic out of the FA Cup three years ago, beat Brown before whipping his cross in for Gary Hay to head in his second, doubling the Pitmen’s lead.
Hay could have got his hat-trick when Saunders weak clearance fell to him but his shot missed the empty net much to the relief of Saunders.
Despite 6 minutes of injury the Magpies couldn’t find a way back into the game and this result meant the two sides swapped places in the league table.
The result sees the teams switch places in the league with the magpies falling to 4th. Next up for the magpies a trip to Cheshire as they face league leaders Northwich Victoria on Tuesday night kick off 7:45pm.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Ally Brown, Andy Teague (c), Wayne Maden, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Matt Walwyn, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Andy Russell, Simon Whaley, Tom Williams (Walwyn, 45), Jordan Bowen (Foster, 73), Tom Walker (Ross, 73)
Goals: Gary Hay (37, 64)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Matt Waylwn, had a great 45 minutes and the result might have been different had he not been injured.