Chorley put their FA Cup nightmare to bed with an impressive 4-3 victory over fellow Vanarama Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday writes Josh Vosper.
The Magpies took a half time lead of four goals to nil thanks to Jack Dorney, a Josh Hine brace and Dale Whitham. Although the Lincolnshire side fought back in the second period, with the help of some dubious decisions from referee Paul Davison. It was a well deserved three points for the Magpies who now sit fourth in the table.
The visitors started with real presence and purpose, almost trying to prove a point from the result midweek at Halifax. After only 5 minutes Dale Whitham crossed a dangerous ball into the box but skipper Andy Teague couldn’t get on the end of it. Paul Jarvis then made a bursting run through the midfield to lay the ball to James Dean who had his shot blocked by Blues keeper Budtz from an acute angle. The Magpies clearly looked fired up and got their first goal on 18 minutes. From a corner Jake Cotttrell hit a powerful shot from just outside the box which James Dean deflected onto Jack Dorney who duly nodded home past the scrambling Jan Budtz in the Gainsborough net. The goal clearly gave the visitors much confidence as they started to play with real style and tempo, as the Blues couldn’t deal with the pace and movement in midfield. It was Josh Hine who found the back of the net three minutes later. After a sweeping move from defence the former Skelmersdale striker was in the right place to turn in the box and coolly slot home.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side and two minutes later Hine was on the score sheet yet again. After a long punt from Harry Winter the front man was put through on goal with a bouncing ball and Hine expertly lobbed the onrushing Budtz to send the travelling Chorley fans wild. That clearly knocked the stuffing out of the home side who looked down and out, with Danijel Nizic in the Chorley goal not having a save to make. On the half-hour mark the Magpies made it four from a set piece. Paul Jarvis, who had returned to the left back position whipped in a dangerous corner that eluded everybody apart from Dale Whitham, who rose like a salmon to head home. Jack Dorney could have made it five, as his long range effort flew narrowly over the bar. Gainsborough were clearly showing their frustration with tackles and elbows flying in, especially from Grant Roberts who made bad challenge on captain Andy Teague. In truth it could have been more with chances created but it was a fantastic period of destruction from Flitcroft’s men.
In the second period Gainsborough started to show more fight and got their reward on 50 minutes. After a soft foul by Mark Ross, Trinity capitalised from the resulting free kick on the left, as Liam Davis ran clear to score and restore some pride for the home side. At the other end James Dean had chance to finish the game off as he turned inside the box but Budtz in the Gainsborough goal dealt with it comfortably. Two minutes later Ross sent a free kick towards goal but James Dean’s looping header went just wide. Chorley looked dangerous down the wing and it looked as though Trinity would be playing the remaining 20 minutes with ten men. Tom Davie wrestled Harry Winter down to the ground, which was a clear second yellow card, but after a stern talking to the referee gave him one final warning. One-minute later referee Paul Davison was at the centre of controversy yet again. The home side made progress inside the box and after a fair challenge from Jake Cottrell the Trinity skipper Roma went down like a sack of spuds. It was harsh on the visitors to say the least, as Simon Russell stepped up to calmly dispatch the penalty into the top corner on 72 minutes. Both sides were now creating chances as Trinity managed to get a foothold in the game. With time running out for the home side Chorley made their first substitution of the game as Chris Almond replaced goal scorer Dorney.
The ex-Southport striker nearly made instant impact with 5 minutes reaming, but saw his shot blocked by the Trinity back line. At the other end Simon Russell had a glorious chance to get on the score sheet but side footed wide, as Nizic looked helpless. Jack Lynch then replaced Harry Winter and Chris Simm came on for James Dean as Chorley looked to see the game out. Although during the four minutes of added time the referee made his most bizarre decision of the game. Going over to the Chorley bench he sent manager Garry Flitcroft to the stand, for no apparent reason other than possibly straying out of his technical area. Seconds before the final whistle Gainsborough managed to grab a third as Dominic Roma netted but it was too late for the home side. As the Magpies kicked off from the centre spot Mark Ross hit a diagonal pass which Chris Almond controlled and took into the corner and using all his experience killed the game. The referee blew for full time as Chorley sealed three points away from home since Tamworth. The damage had already been delivered in the first half, as the Magpies looked clinical and powerful with Hine and Dean working tirelessly all game with the result more comfortable than the score line would suggest.
Starting XI: Danijel Nizic, Mark Ross, Paul Jarvis, Andy Teague, Tom Smyth, Harry Winter, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Jake Cottrell, Jack Dorney
Subs: Jack Lynch (Winter, 83), Chris Almond (Dorney, 83), Chris Simm (Dean, 90), Astley Mulholland, Aaron Grundy
Goals: JACK DORNEY 18, JOSH HINE 21, JOSH HINE 23, DALE WHITHAM 29, Liam Davis 50, Simon Russell 72, Dominic Roma 90
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Josh Hine, back to his best. Ran up and down the wing all day and scored two crucial goals in the first half.