Chorley FC came away from AFC Fylde with a well-deserved victory on a very hot Bank Holiday Monday, writes James Wilson.
From the kick off Chorley's intention could be seen keep the ball on the floor and pressure the opposition when they had the ball.
With the first 15 minutes Chorley had chances in goal with Darren Stephenson, Josh Hine and Adam Roscoe all coming close to opening the scoring with Fylde hotshots rarely troubling the Chorley goal.
Finally after 24 minutes and after some good play the ball fell to Stephenson who turned to shot and score taking his season tally to 5 in the opening 4 games of the season sending the large number of away fans crazy.
As the first half continued Chorley threatened the Fylde goal with excellent play all over the pitch. Fylde did have their chances with the wingers always threatening but unable to make it count in the final third blazing high and wide on a few occasions. As the referee blew for half time deservedly the Chorley team were roundly applauding when leaving the field.
As the second half started Chorley still played with confidence as Fylde attempting to pressure mistakes. The play went from end to end but again with no joy for either team.
Playing in the baking heat it didn’t take long for tempers to flair with Jamie Vermiglio and Jamie Rainford having an exchange of words before Vermiglio was booked for what the referee seemed to signal a number if challenges.
Shortly after Vermiglio was replaced with Simon Wiles and after an excellent counter attack Wiles found himself in space and with what must have been his first touch looked to place a shot in the top corner which smashed against the crossbar.
Soon after ex-Magpie Andy Russell took out Hines off the ball in the area away from play which everyone seem to see apart from the officials.
Fylde at this point were hammering at the Chorley defence but with no success such was the defensive display with Ashton being rarely troubled in the Chorley goal.
With the heat starting to tire the players Roscoe was replaced by Alex Meaney and Chorley now seemed to find an extra gear on the break repeatedly opening the Fylde defence unfortunately the deserved second goal never came.
In the final 10 minutes there was a stop in play after Russell and Ross went in for a ball near the touch line. Neither backed out and both needing treatment. Although Ross rejoined play he was soon replaced by Paul O'Neill as Fylde threw everything at Chorley trying to find and equaliser in added time.
Chorley managed to hold on and send the away travel crazy.
Today's performance was the best 90 minutes seen for a while and Chorley thoroughly deserved there victory and a second consecutive clean sheet.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague (c), Keil O'Brien, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Tom Baker, Josh Hine, Darren Stephenson, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Paul O'Neill (Ross, 90), Ben Proctor, Simon Wiles (Vermiglio, 51), Alex Meaney (Roscoe, 79), Aaron Grundy
Goal: DARREN STEPHENSON (24)