Despite the result being reported as being a convincing 4-0 win for the Magpies, the result of this second qualifying round FA Cup tie was exactly the opposite.
Yet again it was a case of what might have been as the visitors had been well on top for the opening 70 minutes without really testing ex-Magpies custodian Zac Jones in the Vauxhall goal, but if you don’t convert possession in the chances and chances into goal then you won’t win… It was Skelm all over again - but four times worse!
Paul Jarvis was still unavailable through injury while Captain Andy Teague failed a pre-match fitness test on a neck injury sustained in a car accident last week and could only be named as a substitute.
The first half was comfortable if not productive. Chorley, playing in front of about 250 travelling fans who took advantage of subsidised coaches provided by the club, dominated the midfield battle to the extent that the motor men had to make a tactical change to get into the match, replacing a winger with a central midfielder midway through the half.
The hosts were limited pot-shots from distance. At the other end chances were created with Jones was mainly untested. Dale Whitham headed just over from a corner then grazed the outside of the post with a shot from 18 yards; Keil O’Brien tamely shot into Jones’ arms; Jake Cottrell blasted wide with one chance then after picking up a stray pass on the edge of the area shot straight at Jones with Witham and James Dean well positions.
After the break the Motormen had the first strike on at goal, but it sailed over Sam Ashton’s bar.
Ten minutes in and the chance of the game landed at the feet of leading scorer Darren Stephenson. The striker capitalised on some poor passing at the back and stroke toward goal from 40 yards out, but with a clear shooting chance begging to be taken he delayed for too long and was well tackled on the edge of the area.
Minutes later Josh Hine, whose pace and power was causing problems down the right wing, had to be replaced due to injury with Simon Wiles coming off the bench.
Stephenson was tackled by the impressive Andy Nicholas with another chance begging with the score line still nil-nil.
With twenty minutes left on the clock Ashley Stott netted the opener as Vauxhall, the ex-Witton striker nodding a cross beyond Ashton’s reach to give the hosts an undeserved lead against the run of play… still, 19 minutes left to score!
Whitham scissor kicked tamely at Jones then from an Adam Mather free-kick Jones punched the ball over his own bar with Dean pressuring him, however a goal kick was awarded instead of a corner and Vauxhall then went straight down the other end and netted a second as Jordan Rugg benefitted from a rare Mark Ross mistake before scoring.
At two-nil down heads started to drop and three minutes later it was three with Rugg netting off the inside of the post from 25 yards, giving Ashton no chance, then four minutes later the hat trick was completed with a drive squeezing in between Ashton and his post.
Oh well, the cup can wait for another year time to concentrate on the league!
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Keiran Walmsley, Adam Mather, Mark Ross, Keil O’Brien, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Tom Baker, James Dean, Darren Stephenson, Dale Whitham
Subs: Andy Teague, Jamie Vermiglio, Simon Wiles (Hine, 58), Adam Roscoe, Alex Meaney (Cottrell, 86), Paul O’Neill, Aaron Grundy
Goals: Ashley Stott (70), Jordan Rugg (76, 80 & 84)
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