Saturday February 25th, 3pm
Steve Flitcrofts third dismissal of the season after just seven minutes cost the Magpies dear as the hosts eventually can from behind to inflict a three-one victory on the Magpies on a poor Hurst Cross playing surface.
He received a straight red card from referee Andrew Hutchinson after a hefty tackle on striker Aaron Burns. The man-in-black has no hesitation in sending the midfielder to the dressing room, leaving the Magpies to face the remaining 83 minutes with a man less. Flitcroft will now miss the final of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy verses Kendal Town on March 12th at the Reebok Stadium.
Before the red card, Adam Roscoe had the first effort of the game, but his powerful shot was straight at keeper Terry Smith.
Ashton looked to take immediate advantage of the extra man with a header that went narrowly wide, then shortly after they had a header cleared off the line from a corner.
However it wasn’t all one way traffic. Tom Ince tested Smith from distance with a free-kick that was tipped over the bar and the pace of Matt Walwyn was a constant threat in the first half.
Despite the numerical disadvantage the Magpies started to get on top and took a deserved lead when Walwyn expertly finished from 12 yards, turning in a pinpoint Ince cross.
The lead lasted little more than ten minutes when the hosts levelled when on loan Stockport County striker Matty Kosylo took advantage of some wayward marking to stab home at the far post.
After the break the hosts took full advantage of the extra man and started to take a grip of the game as the Magpies visibly tired on a very heavy surface.
Tom Williams and Ali Brown were brought on to add fresh legs, but it was only a matter of time before the hosts took the lead, and the fact it took until the 75th minutes was a credit to Chorley’s battling spirit.
Not content with taking the lead, Ashton netted twice in quick succession, both goals scored ironically by Burns; the first a close range headed and the second a smart finish into the bottom corner.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Matt Walwyn, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Wayne Maden, Tom Williams (Vermiglio, 56), Jordan Bowen, Ali Brown (Walwyn, 56), Amadi Proya
Goals: MATT WALWYN (24), Matty Kosylo (34), Aaron Burns (75, 78)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Tom Ince, excellent throughout in defence, midfield or on the wing.