Saturday January 7th, 3pm
IN front of a bumper crown at Victory Park, bolstered by about 150 Blackburn Rovers supporters, Chorley maintained the perfect start to the New Year with a comfortable win over North Ferriby United.
The Humberside visitors offered very little in attack despite the best efforts of talisman Gary Bradshaw up front. Chorley on the other hand offered a constant threat throughout and it was a surprise that only two goals were scored.
Steve Foster had two chanced early on, the first a drive across the face of the goal, he then side footed a chance just over following good team play from Adam Roscoe and John Cunliffe, who was making his first start of the season.
Chorley took the lead on twelve minutes with a contender for goal of the season. The strike for goal might not have been spectacular, but the move to create the goal was a delight, with Roscoe releasing Chris Denhan. Denham then advanced into the box, played a one two with strike partner Foster, then slotting the ball beyond the experienced Steve Wilson in the Ferriby goal.
The Magpies had chanced to extend the lead before the break through a Denham drive from distance that sailed over and a Andy Teague headed following in Ince cross which was cleared off the line.
Ferriby weren’t totally on the defensive in the opening period as a Bradshaw drive from 25 yards took a deflection and went narrowly wide.
Into the second half and Matt Walwyn soon replaced Cunliffe.
Roscoe nearly headed in an Ince corner from close range; then a Denham 30 yard diagonal ball was nodded just past the far post by Foster.
With ten minutes to go Ferriby’s best chance of the match was blasted high over Duke Street school when the ball fell kindly following a rare attacking free kick for the visitors.
Ahmadi Proya replaced Foster for the last few minutes an immediately made an impact, running at the defence and created the second goal for fellow sub Walwyn. Proya’s crossed from the left flank, but his ball into the box was weak and went straight to the Ferriby defence. However as Walwyn turned away the attempted clearance rebounded off his behind and into the goal, leaving Wilson no chance.
With the exception of Chester beating Rushall Olympic, all other results favoured the Magpies today as Northwich, Hednesford, Marine and Bradford all drew while Tuesday night’s Doodson Sport Cup opponents FC United lost at home to Stafford Rangers.
Starting XI: Russ Saunders, Ally Brown, John Cunliffe, Andy Teague, Wayne Maden, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Chris Denham, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Andy Russell, Mark Ross, Matt Walwyn (Cunliffe, 56), Ahmadi Proya (Foster, 86), Dean Porter
Goals: Chris Denham (12), Matt Walwyn (90)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Chris Denham, continuing to show his true qualities now fully fit