Monday April 9th, 3pm
The Magpies have one foot firmly in the end of season play-offs following this Easter’s six-point haul as Saturday’s victory over a very dogged Chasetown was quickly followed with an equally hard earned victory in a wet and windy Cumbria.
Kendal kicked off with the wind and rain at their backs and the first half chance of the game went to the home side, but the shot from outside the box went wide.
However with just seven minutes on the clock the Magpies took the lead. Chris Denham burst down the left flank and crossed into the box. The home side failed to deal with the delivery and Ciaran Kilheeney was on hand to sweep home his seventh goal in just six outings.
However it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Magpies as Kendal took full advantage of the conditions being in their favour and drew level just ten minutes after going behind.
A speculative ball into the Chorley area was only half cleared and ex-Magpie Adam Farrell, signed at the turn of the year from Lancaster City, lashed the ball into the corner from 25 yards.
The remainder of the half was as much a battle with the elements as it was between the two sides. Kendal put in a few testing corners, but the defence met the challenge each time, then Andy Russell and Denham almost combined for an equaliser for Kendal, thankfully the ball went the wide of the upright.
As the second half got underway it looked like the home side had turned the weather off as the Magpies did not gain the advantage of the wind and the rain began to relent, however the Magpies had a good spell on top.
Tom Williams crossed to Kilheeney just after the restart, but striker could only flick the ball over the bar.
Mark Ross then crossed, but Russell headed narrowly over, then another Ross cross saw Steve Flitcrofts shot saved by Craig Dootson, but Kilheeney reflex attempt at the rebound just looped over the bar.
A Foster cross was headed at goal acrobatically by Russell, who had to stretch back to make contact.
The game then began to stretch as Kendal got into the game and manager Garry Flitcroft looked to fresh legs on a sapping pitch to find a winner as John Cunliffe and Ashley Parillon were added to the action.
With a little under 10 minutes to go Foster should have done better with a Williams cross, but the league’s top marksman failed to pull the trigger. Kendal then broke on the attack and the Magpies had to be thankful for a Andy Teague goal line clearance.
With time running out it looked like a share of the points was imminent. What looked like either a foul on Foster or a goal kick to the hosts was ruled to be a corner by the referees assistant, and from this bizarre decision the game was won as a perfectly flighted Tom Ince corner was headed in my that man Teague from close range.
Kendal almost got back into the game as stoppage time approached, but the headed change rebounded off the bar and was then cleared off the line.
At the final whistle the Chorley supporters, making up over half of the crowd, cheered with delight in the knowledge that we’d picked up an Easter maximum while all our rivals had dropped points.
Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Tom Williams, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Adam Roscoe, Chris Denham, Steve Flitcroft, Ciaran Kilheeney, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Matt Walwyn, Ashley Parillon (Roscoe, 77), Ally Brown, John Cunliffe (Denham, 56), Jordan Bowen (Williams, 90)
Goals: CIARAN KILHEENEY (7), Adam Farrell (20), ANDY TEAGUE (88)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Andy Teague, a massive influence at both ends of the pitch