Tuesday December 13th, 7.45pm
Lancashire FA Co-Operative Challenge Trophy Quarter-Final
Chorley cruised into the semi-final of the Lancashire Co-operative Challenge Trophy with a comfortable win over local rivals Bamber Bridge.
Despite playing against a strong wind in the first half the Magpies made light work of the conditions to take a two-nil half time into the interval.
Dale Whitham was the provided for the first two goals, the first a perfect cross and the second a through ball, and on both occasions Chris Denham was on hand to convert.
Into the second half with the wind at their backs Chorley's grip on the game tightened as Denham turned provided, with a perfect copy of Whithams cross to tee up strike partner Steve Foster for the third.
The fourth goal was in individual effort by winger Jordan Bowan, who chipped the keeper when one-on-one.
Throughout the game the Magpies had numerous chances to score. Denham saw two in swinging corners punched from under the bar by the busy Lee Dovey, Whitham and Steve Flitcroft drove just wide, a superb acrobatic volley by Bowen was matched by Dovey’s save, Denham fired a shot the near post with was tipped wide and Bowen chipped inches the wrong side of the upright.
The Magpies are just one game away from a trip to the final at the Reebok Stadium, with either Wigan Robin Park, Kendal Town or the winners of the delayed Quarter Final between Radcliffe Borough and Barrow next up at the Lancashire FA's HQ, Thurston Road, Leyland.
Starting XI: Dean Porter, Mark Ross, Ally Brown, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Tom Williams, Adam Roscoe, Chris Denham, Steve Foster, Jordan Bowen
Subs: Wayne Maden (Ross, 65), Matt Jansen (Foster, 70), Steve Flitcroft (Whitham, 67), John Cunliffe, Russell Saunders
Goals: CHRIS DENHAM (16, 25), STEVE FOSTER (49), JORDAN BOWEN (85)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Chris Denham, a great attacking performance and found his shooting boots