Tuesday July 16th, 7pm
Jack Kirkland Trophy
CHORLEY kicked-off their pre-season preparations with the annual opener against Preston North End in the Jack Kirkland Trophy, in game played in memory of our former Chairman who also supported the Deepdale club.
As is usually the case, last season’s draw and shared Trophy being the exception, Preston returned up the A6 with the Trophy after goals in each half from Graham Cummins and former Clitheroe & Northwich Vics player Joel Byrom. However at this stage of the summer results are of no concern, especially against a side expected to challenge for promotion in a division four levels above the Magpies.
Preston have been back in training longer than the Magpies and also had a game under their belts too following Saturday’s four-nil defeat at home against Liverpool, and the extra sharpness this gave them in their passing and movement was the difference between the two sides.
The Magpies started well sharing possession for the majority of the first half, without properly testing keeper Declan Rudd who is on a one year loan at Deepdale from Premier League side Norwich City.
Debutant Jake Cottrell saw an early shot drift wide and Darren Stephenson almost had a chance when he raced onto a poor back pass, but some hefty defending saw the striker upended, the ball was then launched to the other end and Sam Ashton had to make a smart low save.
Preston grabbed the lead just after the half hour when Cummins converted a Jack King cross from close range, the ball going in off the underside of the bar.
The second half stuttered along with around two dozen substitutions taking place as both managers looked to utilise their full squads.
Josh Hine made a promising cameo appearance from the bench and Chorley supporters will be hoping to see more of the ex-Skelmersdale hit man on Friday against Bolton Wanderers.
The second goal was netted just a minute from the end when Byrom converted a 20-yard free kick, leaving Ashton and his defence no chances.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Kieran Walmsley, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Keil O’Brien, Jake Cottrell, Carlos Roca, Tom Baker, Dale Whitham, Darren Stephenson & Paul Jarvis
Substitutes (all used): Jamie Vermiglio, Josh Hine, Ahmadi Porya, Paul O’Neil, plus trialists.
Goals: Graham Cummings (29), Joel Byrom (89)