The Magpies regained top spot end extended the winning streak to an amazing THIRTEEN consecutive games with a comfortable 5-0 stroll at Droylsden.
Without ever needed to stop out of third gear Chorley controlled the majority of the match with ease; Droylsden enjoying brief spells in the opening minutes and late in the game, forcing a few corners and a save out of Sam Ashton.
At the other end home keeper Lewis Fielding’s goal lead a charmed life and five was the minimum Chorley deserved.
Focusing on the goals, Dale Whitham netted the first two, a 24th minute header from an Adam Mather corner and a volley form the edge of the area in the 35th minute.
It took 33 second half minutes to bag the third, James Dean hammering the ball into the roof of the net, then 4 minutes later Paul Jarvis scored with a neat touch from a Paul Woolcott cross. Dean completed the scoring in the final minute turning in a Darren Stephenson cross.
In the rest of the game Fielding and his defence kept the score down more by good luck than good defending, with goal line deflections and the woodwork denying Chorley on more occasions that my pen could keep up with!
Almost every player on the pitch had chances, with Josh Hine, Adam Roscoe and Darren Stephenson all extremely unlucky not to be on the score sheet and the three that did net could and should have added more.
Fielding did make one outstanding save, tipping a lovely Whitham chip just over the bar, while Ashton’s only piece of noteworthy action was a routine save on the floor at his near post with a little over 15 minute remaining.
The only downside for the evening was an injury to Hine in the buildup to the third goal.
Elsewhere, wins or Forest Green Rovers and Witton Albion in the cups makes our fixture list a little clearer.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Dale Whitham, Adam Mather, Mark Ross, Keil O’Brien, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Paul Woolcott, James Dean, Darren Stephenson, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Jamie Vermiglio (Roscoe, 56), Simon Wiles (Hine, 78), Alex Meaney (Jarvis, 84), Brandan Zibaka, Aaron Grundy
Goals: DALE WHITHAM (24 & 35), JAMES DEAN (78), PAUL JARVIS (82), JAMES DEAN (90)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Josh Hine, a constant threat until withdrawn through injury