HomeSTATSMatch ReportsSeason 2012/13Chorley 1-2 Hednesford Town - 15/09/2012

Chorley 1-2 Hednesford Town - 15/09/2012

Saturday September 15th, 3pm

CHORLEY’s inconsistent start to the season continued with this the Magpies third defeat in seven games being inflicted by fellow promotion hopefuls Hednesford Town.

Team selection was once again hampered by injuries with Kieran Walmsley joining Jamie Vermiglio, Tom Walker, Steve Flitcroft and Ashley Parillon on the side-lines, although there was good news with the return to action of defender Andy Russell.

It looked good for the home side on 28 minutes when Adam Roscoe’s looping header beat Dan Crane in The Pitmen’s goal, but strikes in the dying minutes of each half, a Nathan Woolfe free-kick on 43 minutes and a one-on-one from Mathew Bailey saw the points head down the M6 to Staffordshire.

Darren Stephenson, who has made a big impact since joining on loan from Southport, almost opened the scoring after just 20 seconds, but his first time shot slammed into the foot of the post.

Town then saw a shot from the left flank fly wide of Jack Cudworth’s goal with the Chorley keeper at full stretch as it went by.

Dale Whitham volleyed wide then just missed out on a clear shooting chance as the ball span away from him on the area.

Roscoe then rose above the away defence to nod home a Chris Denham cross to put the Magpies in front.

Straight from the restart Hednesnford failed to make the most of an easy shooting chance. After defenders and attackers missed the flight of the ball it landed in the area at the feet of Michael Lennon, but the striker snatched his shot and Cudworth gathered easily.

Back down the other end Roscoe should have done better than blast over from the corner of the area then Andy Teague had to be alert with an excellent recovery tackle, but a second later a foul on Dave MacPherson presented Woolfe with a free-kick. And he took it well sending the ball over the wall and into the far corner giving Cudworth no chance.

Town almost grabbed a second a minute later then Roscoe, on the end of a Tom Ince cross, stretched to keep the ball in place and played it across the face of the goal but no one was on hand to tap it home.

After the restart the late goal looked to lift the visitors and deflate the hosts as Hednesford took control of the game, but Cudworth was the star man with a string of saves and blocks, including a fantastic out stretched one handed save to deny Barbados international striker Neil Harvey.

It was Harvey who caused most of the problems in the second period and he’ll be a massive loss from The Pitmen when he flies off this week to play in the Digicell Caribbean Championship, being unavailable until early October - pitted he didn’t go last week!

Stephenson continued to run at the visitors, but he couldn’t find the space for a clear shooting chance after the first minutes.

Teague has a few customary headers from free-kicks, corners and cross go wide - he’ll score one yet!

Ciaran Kilheeney replaced Denham, but like the other strikers he found chances few and far between against a strong Town backline.

Alex Melbourne netted the winner three minutes from time, slotting in beyond Cudworth after Simon Garner has lost possession in midfield.

Transfer listed striker Steve Foster was thrown on in response, but despite have plenty of possession the final ball into the box was often a let-down.

The Magpies now face a lengthy trip to the north east on Tuesday night to face Blyth Spartans then next Saturday we are in FA Cup action again at Victory Park when we entertain Frickley Athletic in the second qualifying round.

Chorley XI: Jack Cudworth, Mark Ross, Louis Barnes, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Simon Garner, Adam Roscoe, Dale Whitham, Chris Denham Darren Stephenson, Tom Ince

Subs: Steve Foster (Barnes, 88) Ciaran Kilheeney (Denham, 68), John Cunliffe, Matt Jansen, Tom Williams

Att: 722

Goals: ADAM ROSCOE (28), Nathan Woolfe (43), Alex Melbourne (87) Man of the Match: Jack Cudworth, his one handed save from Harvey was world class

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