Chorley eased through to the semi-finals of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy and a date at Leyland against Bamber Bridge, Darwen or Fylde following this evening’s win over Ramsbottom United.
With scouts from Forest Green Rovers in attendance for the second game running Garry opted to give several fringe players a start and they didn’t let the manager down with Alex Meaney in particular impressing.
After a competitive opening quarter of an hour when the visitors stretched the Magpies back line a few times Chorley took control and the result was never in doubt once Dale Whitham had opening the scoring on 38 minutes, converting a Simon Wiles cross.
Meaney netted a deserved goal on 76 minutes, slotting into an empty goal after flicking the ball over the keeper on the edge of the keeper.
Meaney had several opening to score and on this form will be pushing for a regular place in the side and almost did a ‘Scholes’ from an Adam Mather corner, but his effort ended up in Pilling Lane instead of the back of the net!
Wiles came close to netting with the scores level, but could get enough on the ball when trying to convert a driven Brandon Zibaka cross from close range and Jake Cottrell, back from injury, shot just beyond the far post in the final minute of the first half
Elsewhere in the competition North West Counties second tier sides AFC Darwen and Nelson where both in action away from home against higher level clubs. Darwen shocked Kendal Town with a three-two victory in Cumbria and Nelson where unlucky to lose by the same score at Fylde. Just up the A6 from ourselves Bamber Bridge had to come back from two down to beat NWCL Premier Division side Bacup and Rossendale Borough four-two.
Attention now turns to Saturday’s FA Trophy clash against Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers. This will be the first time a side from this division has visited The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium since our Trophy semi-final meeting with Macclesfield Town back in 1996.
Chorley XI: Aaron Grundy, Dale Whitham, Adam Mather, Mark Ross, Keil O’Brien, Paul Woolcott, Simon Wiles, Jamie Vermiglio, Brandon Zibaka, Alex Meaney, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Darren Stephenson (Zibake, 62), Adam Roscoe (Wiles, 62), Matt Jansen, Paul Jarvis (Vermiglio 62), Sam Ashton
Goals: DALE WHITHAM (37), ALEX MEANEY (76)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Alex Meaney, was busy throughout and deserved his goal