CHORLEY climbed up to second in the league with a one-nil home win over newly promoted Kings Lynn Town.
Striker Josh Hine netted the only goal of the game, converting from the spot on 49 minutes following Ryan Clarke’s foul on Dale Whitham, but the win came at a cost after captain Andy Teague was forced off after just 15 minutes with a nasty gash in his forehead, Mark Ross replacing him in the centre. Teague went straight to hospital receiving six stitches.
Kings Lynn, one of the better supporter sides in the league, set off on the 180 mile journey to Victory Park at 8.30am. Despite suffering two heavy defeats in their last two outings that are still one of the side many pundit think will be challenging for the play-offs at the end of April and looked dangerous once a goal down, but showed little in attack in the first half apart from one 30-yarder that fizzed past the post.
Chorley meanwhile carried on where they left off on Tuesday night, dominating possession, but again not testing the opposition number one Danny Gay nearly enough
Keiran Walmsley saw a speculative effort sail over, Gay denied both Tom Baker and James Dean, Paul Jarvis had a shot deflected wide and Baker sent a free-kick over the wall.
Chorley continued to search for a goal with Dean leading the line well. The big striker brought the ball down and controlled the bounce before shooting, but his effort was blocked, as was subsequent attempts from Jarvis and Whitham.
After the interval the game continued in the same vein with Chorley controlling play. Jarvis dinked a Whitham through ball just wide.
Four minutes into the half and a penalty was awarded as Whitham was fouled by Clarke. Josh Hine stepped up and despite the Magpies not having the best record from the spot of late the ex-Skem striker smashed the ball into the keepers top right, Alan Shearer-esk!
Valter Fernandes cleared a dangerour Walmsley cross as Chorley pressed for a second, but it wasn’t all one was traffic now as the visitors started to hit on the break, Ross clearing their first chance of the half.
Leading scorer Darren Stephenson replaced Hine and Alex Meaney got a rare outing in place of Jarvis as Gary Flitcroft looked to add fresh legs to the attack.
Dean went close with a header, seeing his flick on from a Walmsely long through bounce of the top of the bar, while Whitham should have scored after excellent play from Stephenson.
Daniel Jacob looked to have netted for Town, but his effort on the break went wide, then Sam Ashton did will to punch a cross clear while under pressure.
Meaney shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box and later saw a volley saved by Gay, while on the break Dean lost his footing in a good position and had to make do with a corner.
Stephen Spriggs, a pacey attacker with a passing resemblance of bearded Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, joined the action and caused the Magpies back line a few problems with his direct running.
Town continued to look for a leveller with Phil Gulliver, Jacob and sub George Thomson all having efforts, but there was no way through for the visitors who face a 180 mile journey home pointless!
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Keiran Walmsley, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Keil O’Brien, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Tom Baker, James Dean, Dale Whitham, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Jamie Vermiglio, Darren Stephenson (Hine, 58), Mark Ross (Teague, 17), Alex Meaney (Jarvis, 71), Simon Wiles
Goal: JOSH HINE (46 Pen)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Adam Mather, outstanding on the left flank whether defending or attacking, possibly the signing of the summer.