Chorley continued their excellent away form with a 5-0 demolition of inconsistent Trafford writes Oliver Smith. A 20th minute strike from James Dean set the Magpies on their way before second half goals from Kieran Walmsley, Darren Stephenson, Adam Roscoe and Simon Wiles sealed a fine victory for Chorley in the Evo Stik League Premier Division The result was somewhat vital on the night, as over in Greater Manchester title rivals AFC Fylde thrashed bottom-of-the-table Droylsden 10-0.
Kick off commenced in pouring rain and disaster almost struck in the opening minutes as an almost carbon copy chance of the Worksop Town opening goal from the weekend nearly struck again. Michael Oates charged down a Sam Ashton kick but fortunately the keeper was saved his blushes and the ball rebounded into his hands. Chorley offered a somewhat direct approach early on with young goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara struggling to deal with a high ball in the torrid conditions.
As the rain poured down Chorley had an effort through striker Stephenson but his shot was deflected wide and smart linkup play from Josh Hine and Dean saw an Adam Mather strike sail over the bar. Then as the minutes passed the deadlock was broken in the 20th minute through an excellent controlled strike from Dean. The big striker, grabbed his goal after flicking on an Ashton goal kick which was met by Hine and the latter layed the ball off to Dean who from 25 yards out smashed the ball home beating goalkeeper O’Hara at his near post. But straight from kick off Trafford almost drew level. Oates found himself in space in the penalty area and struck the ball into the corner only for Ashton to claw out the ball and push it wide of the goal.
The home side almost struck again as Paul Ashton took advantage of a Keil O’Brien slip but the Trafford midfielder struggled to take advantage of his chance and ran the ball out of play for a goal kick. Trafford had another chance just before half time, a cross was by the head of skipper Brett Mbalanba but the header sailed agonizingly wide of the post with half the ground thinking it was in.
A quiet opening to the second half was soon broken in the 56th minute through an unlikely source. Right back Walmsley stood over the ball after Roscoe was fouled and the defender curled his effort inches off the floor with aid of a deflection and the ball nestled into the bottom left hand corner.
And minutes later it was three as Stephenson bagged his 11th goal of the campaign. Skipper Andy Teague sent the ball forward which was picked up by Hine who sent Stephenson clear and from a tight angle the striker made no mistake and grabbed a deserved goal. Chorley introduced new signing Paul Woolcott, Brandon Zibaka and Wiles to the game and Woolcott made an instant impact as his run sent Roscoe clear and the latter smashed the ball home into the bottom corner to make it 4-0. Trafford still attempted to create chances but the Magpies back five was as solid as ever with Ashton being a mere spectator in the second half. As the game went into added on time this brought the goal of the night. Wiles picked up the ball on the left hand side and the ex-Macclesfield man cut inside and travelling at pace and from 25 yards unleashed a swerving effort which sailed into the top right hand corner which brought mass celebrations from the travelling Chorley faithful and crown off an excellent night in Urmston.
The Magpies still sit third in the Evo-Stik League Premier Divison and all sights are now set for Saturdays trip to Soham Town Rangers in the FA Trophy.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Keiran Walmsley, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Keil O’Brien, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Jamie Vermiglio, James Dean, Darren Stephenson, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Paul Woolcott (Jamie Vermiglio, 62), Mark Ross, Simon Wiles (Darren Stephenson, 70), Alex Meaney, Brandon Zibaka (James Dean, 85)
Goals: JAMES DEAN 20, KEIRAN WALMSLEY 56, DARREN STEPHENSON 59, ADAM ROSCOE 74, SIMON WILES 90
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: James Dean- Yet another tireless performance, caused problems all night and finally grabbed a deserved goal.