Chorley will be frustrated to have only come away with a point on a blustery day in East Yorkshire writes James Wilson.
With an unchanged side from the Bank Holiday fixture at Fylde on Monday, Magpies fans were waiting with great anticipation for this tie. However Frickley has never been an easy place to get a result and this continued on Saturday.
With the wind swirling around the ground and the pitch being very hard, whether you tried to play football on the deck or through the air it was never going to be an easy afternoon, however from the kick off Chorley did make the brighter openings with Keil O'Brien, Andy Teague, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Darren Stephenson and Jake Cottrell all having opportunities in front of goal, but none of them tested Tom Woodhead in the home nets.
The game didn’t really improve any in the second half until the introduction of Simon Wiles and Paul Jarvis, on for Roscoe and Jamie Vermiglio. Both substitutes started immediately to link up play and the Magpies had more chances however as in the first half none really threatened.
Chorley then had the ball in the back of the net from a set piece only for the referee to disallow the effort, then Teague slammed a powerful header goal bound but top scorer Stephenson could get out of the way and blocked the ball for the home defence.
With the game getting ever closer to the end Garry replaced Hine with Matt Jansen making his first appearance of the season. The travelling supporters were hoping for a bit of Jansen magic and the ex-Rovers star almost provide it, but a volley from his own chest-down flew just wide
With the final whistle blowing Chorley must feel like this was two points lost after totally dominating the game.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Keil O’Brien, Adam Roscoe, Jake Cottrell, Tom Baker, Josh Hine, Darren Stephenson, Jamie Vermiglio
Subs: Paul O'Neill, Paul Jarvis (Roscoe, 71), Simon Wiles (Vermiglio, 71), Alex Meaney, Matt Jansen (Hine ,88)