Goals change games, and today’s match at Blyth was a prime example of this.
For the opening 44 minutes Chorley out played their hosts. Scoring via an Shaun Utterson own goal, Chorley creating numerous other openings, had a clear-cut penalty decisions turned down and were denied by a fantastic save by keeper Connor Grant.
However two Blyth goals in the final minute of the half, completely against the run of play, knocked the stuffing out of the Magpies and they never fully recovered in the second period.
Dale Whitham had the first shot at goal, but was denied by a blocking tackle.
The unlucky Utterson got his name on the wrong side of the score sheet on 20 minutes, turning in an Andy Teague cross from 2 yards with Josh Hine ready to pounce just behind him.
Whitham then force a full length save from Grant as the Magpies looked to add a second.
Whitham was in the thick of the action again soon after. Just as he was about to shoot while well inside the area he was felled under a challenge but to the amazement of the travelling supporters, numbering close to 100, referee Kevin Mulraine waived away the appeals.
Throughout the opeing half Chorley controlled possession, testing a probing for an opening while whipping crosses in from all angles, but if you don’t take your chances you remain vulnerable, as was proven in the final seconds.
First of all bang on 45 minutes Oldham Athletic target Daniel Maguire finished Blyth’s first attack of the game which started as a counter and saw the pall passed through the Magpies defence, who were perhaps thinking of their half-time brews a little too early, before he netted.
Then in stoppage time a foul on the edge of the area from Paul Woolcott gifted a great opportunity and Neal Hooks made no mistake with a fine free-kick.
After the break a shell shocked Chorley, now without Captain Andy Teague who was withdrawn due to injury, failed to replicate the first half performance and Blyth had a firm grip on proceedings.
Despite their best efforts, there was no way through the solid Spartan backline, while Blyth started to look dangerous on the attack.
Blyth killed the game as a contest late on when Danny Parker nodded a corner home eight minutes from time.
If they can replicate this performance over the rest of the season then Blyth should be in contention for a play-off place while hopefully taking points of the majority of our title rivals.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Paul Jarvis, Andy Teague, Keil O'Brien, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Paul Woolcott, James Dean, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney
Subs: Adam Roscoe (Cottrell, 84), Jamie Vermiglio, Keiran Walmsley (Teague, 45), Adam Mather (Hine, 70), Aaron Grundy
Goals: OWN GOAL (Shaun Utterson, 20), Daniel Maguire (44),Neal Hooks (45),Danny Parker (82)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Dale Whitham, Chorley’s most dangerous player on the day.