Saturday March 31st, 3pm
THE Magpies maintained their recent excellent form with a comfortable three-nil win over struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels.
This win, the fifth on the bounce in all competition’s and eighth in ten games, along with Hednesford’s failure to beat Nantwich means we are now five points clear of the nearest sides outside the play-off positions.
Chorley got off to a fantastic start when captain Andy Teague rose above the home defence to head in a Tom Ince corner after just five minutes.
From here on the result was always a formality as Steels offered very little in attack throughout with the exception of two chances, the only question was could we bag another five?
In the end we had to be content with just three, the second and third both bagged by scoring sensation Ciaran Kilheeney, who took his total to five goals in just three appearances since arriving from Droylsden.
Kilheeney’s first was a header, again provided by Ince, on 25 minutes, the third coming just four minutes from the end was a fine finish when through one-on-one with home keeper Ben Scott given no chance.
There were plenty of other chances in the game for the Magpies, with Steve Foster unlucky not to add to his tally, Kilheeney hit the post with a lofted attempt and Chris Denham was unlucky with a late effort after excellent ball control from John Cunliffe.
The home side’s best chances came in the form of a point blank range header that Scott Hogan somehow put wide, then after Ince was adjudged to handle in the area Richard Stirrup fired the penalty straight down the centre. Russell Saunders blocked the kick with his knee then Ince followed up with a clearance to ensure the teams 16th clean sheet of the season.
With just six games remaining of the regular season things are now starting to hot up nicely and Monday nights trip to Bradford Park Avenue, who are a single point in front of us in the table, if the first of six potential cup finals as we look to secure our play-off berth and hopefully home advantage in the semi-final.
Chorley XI: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Matt Walwyn, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Chris Denham, Adam Roscoe, Ciaran Kilheeney, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Steve Flitcroft (Vermiglio, 52), Tom Williams, John Cunliffe (Walwyn, 68), Ashley Parillon (Foster, 52), Ally Brown
Goals: ANDY TEAGUE (4), CIARAN KILHEENEY (25, 86)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Ciaran Kilheeney, a threat throughout