Chorley 13 (THIRTEEN) Droylsden 1, Yes, thirteen!
In the clubs 130th year, today’s result will go down in history as the clubs third biggest win and the highest since Good Friday 1946 when we hammered Morecambe 14-1.
As starts to a game go you’d be hard pressed looking through football’s history books to find a better one with the Magpies netting five times in the opening twelve minutes.
Jack Dorney got the ball rolling, latching onto a loose ball to slot under the often over exposed Droylsden keeper Oliver Martin.
On five minutes John Hine made it two, firing across Martin from 20 yards and two minutes later Ben Heneghan’s back pass bobbled beyond Martin’s swinging boot and rolled over the line for the third.
Before Droylsden could dust themselves down it was four. Dorney was fouled just outside the area and loan signing Max Cartwright netted direct from the free kick to take his personal tally to three in five games.
Could the start get any better… Yes! On twelve minutes it was five as Bloods captain Ged Murphy deflected a Alex Nicholson cross beyond Martin.
This opening was on a par with the kind of goals to minutes ratio of Arbroath’s famous 36-0 win over Bon Accord but things started to settle down and for a short while the goal avalanche abated.
Martin started to show signs of why his manager kept faith with him over the experience Craig Dootson with a great save to deny Dorney, but seven minutes from time the half dozen was reached when Dale Whitham lashed one in from 25 yards then seconds from the break James Dean netted the seventh by chipping Martin.
The second half started much like the first with three goals in the opening eight minutes!
Darren Stephenson headed in a Whitham corner (48 minutes), Dean converted from the spot (51) after a handball on the line then the big surprise when Sam Madeley netted for the visitors (53), taking a quick free-kick and lobbing Sam Ashton who was retreating to his line.
So with the score at nine-one with over half an hour to go people were reaching for the record books. Chorley’s biggest all-time victory being a wartime 16-0 win over Chorley Motors, while in ‘normal’ competitive football the biggest win was the earlier mention Good Friday demolition of Morecambe, 68 years ago. In recent years we’d put nine past Workington & Caernarfon and eight past Lincoln United, but hadn’t reach double figures in more than a generation.
Well, on seventy minutes the wait was over when Cartwright bagged his second from close range to condemn Droylsden.
Nine minutes from time Dorney bagged his second slotting through a sea of legs then four minutes later Dean fired into the bottom corner to bag his hat-trick.
The route was completed two minutes later when man of the match Whitham rounded off a superb team display.
And if half the chances that were missed had found the net then we could easily have been looking a close to twenty goals from the Magpies… But let’s not be too greedy!
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Alex Nicholson, Max Cartwright, Andy Teague, Mark Ross, Jack Dorney, Josh Hine, Jamie Vermiglio, James Dean, Dale Whitham, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Paul Woolcott (Vermiglio, 45), Brandon Zibaka, Chris Almond (Hine, 60), Nick Anderton (Teague, 65), Adam Roscoe
Goals: JACK DORNEY (2), JOSH HINE (5), BEN HENEGHAN (7, Own Goal), Max Cartwright (8), GED MURPHY (12, Own Goal), DALE WHITHAM (36), JAMES DEAN (44), DARREN STEPHENSON (49), JAMES DEAN (52 Pen), Sam Madeley (53) MAX CARTWRIGHT (69), JACK DORNEY (81), JAMES DEAN (84), DALE WHITHAM (86)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Dale Whitham, Top performer on a day of top performances