Chorley has a night to forget as Rushall Olympic inflicted only the fourth league defeat of the season on the Magpies with a 86th minute Matthew Wood’s winner.
Throughout the game Chorley were as much battling themselves as their opponents; each player playing well below their normal levels with passes going astray and the bounce always tending to favour the visitors while the officials handling of the game could have been better!
It looked promising from the start with a Paul Jarvis corner after just two minutes forcing Rushall keeper Chris Gemmell to palm the ball over the bar then minutes later a James Dean header was cleared off the line thought the flag was in the air for offside.
Dele Adebola shot straight at Sam Ashton as The Pics looked to edge their way back into the game, then Christian Dacres rattled the crossbar with a header from a James Dance free-kick.
As ever, Rushall were a big, strong and physical outfit, with former Crewe Alexandra, Birmingham City and Coventry City striker Adebola leading a team made mainly of giants from the front.
With passed going astray frustration got the better of Dale Whitham and the midfielder received a cautioned on the half hour mark for descent.
Jarvis had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring on 32 minutes when he raced onto a Dean flick on, but instead of trying to round the keeper he tried a log and to lob of Gemmell and the keeper gathered comfortably on the edge of his area.
Josh Craddock blazed a shot over Ashton’s bar then Adebola has a header cleared off the line as the visitors stepped up.
Jack Duggan cut out a superb cross from Whitham with Dean waiting to slide the ball over the line with the final chance of the half.
After the restart Chorley started the more positive but Gemmell one fumble apart was untroubled.
Dance headed over Ashton’s the bar then at the other end Jarvis saw a shot deflected wide.
Adebola failed to trouble Ashton with a one-on-one then Dean rattled Gemmell’s bar from a Whitham free-kick.
On a night when Chorley failed to play to their normal standards many might have through the referee too had a night to forget, especially when Mr Kettlewell, to the amazement of the majority in attendance, failed to caution Liam Spink after the Rushall played scythed down Woolcott from behind in the centre circle!
With a little under five minutes remaining Rushall broke the deadlock. Olympic hit on the break after Dean lost possession on the left flank. Wood, after beating Mark Ross, slotted under Ashton from the edge of the area and consigned their hosts to only their second home defeat of the season and a season worse equalling run of two league games without a win.
Deep into injury time Rushall were reduced to ten men when Sam Smith appeared to stamp on Jack Dorney’s head in the middle of the pitch.
On Saturday we have a chance to get back on the right track with a short trip to Cheshire to face relegation threatened Witton Albion, before entertaining FC United of Manchester next Tuesday.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Keil O'Brien, Jake Cottrell, Dale Whitham, Paul Woolcott, James Dean, Adam Roscoe, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Chris Almond (Jarvis, 61), Jack Dorney (Roscoe, 75), Darren Stephenson (Cottrell, 87), Jamie Vermiglio, Aaron Grundy
Goal: Matthew Wood (86)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Keil O’Brien, made fewer mistakes than most of the rest!