A brace from new signing Arron Burns and a penalty converted by Josh Hine saw the Magpies turn around a one-nil half time deficit and inflict the first home league defeat on the mornings league leaders in the Vanarama Conference.
Playing with a very strong wind at their backs the Magpies dominated first half possession, but the conditions meant the time and again attacks ended with a goal-kick as the ball more often than not was blown out of play. Indeed, home keeper Ben Hinchcliffe often struggled to reach the half way line as the wind was that strong.
Chorley’s answer to Andrea Pirlo, Adam Roscoe, had two volleys at goal in the opening forty-five minutes, attempting to use the conditions to test Hinchcliffe, but the first was charged down while the second sailed over.
Burns, looking sharp and hungry after his scoring debut last week, had two chances, but neither really tested the former Northwich Victoria keeper who was a target for Garry Flitcroft before opting to join the Coasters.
It wasn’t all one way traffic, as the hosts occasionally threatened, but a superb tackle on Richie Allen by Captain Andy Teague thwarted the Fylde danger man.
But he wasn’t kept quiet for on seven minutes before half time the former Fleetwood and Bamber Bridge attacker cut in from the right flank and finished well to beat Sam Ashton to give the hosts the half time advantage against the run of play.
With the wind not relenting, many of the 1000+ in attendance must have expected Fylde to camp in the Chorley half and kill the game off, but the Magpies had other plans with the backing of around 600 travelling fans Chorley turned the result around an dominated the second half.
Against the wind Fylde were on the defensive for long periods; with the wind at theirs backs it was much of the same, with Fylde often pegged back in their own half as Chorley coped much better with the wind and a deteriorating pitch.
However the hosts started brightly but soon faded.
The hosts hit on the counter attach with perhaps the best move of the game; latching onto a long Adam Mather throw they broke fast, moving the ball quickly from back to front, but ex-Magpie Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick shot wide of Ashton’s post.
Mather was in action at the other end soon after, headed clear from under the cross bar to deny the impressive Danny Rowe.
The game then shifted to the other end and Hine was unlucky to be crowded out on the end of the box as he tried to force his way through at pace then Dale Whitham, who was superb in midfield throughout shot wide from range.
Hine and ex-Coaster James Dean combined on the right flank and forced a corner from which the equaliser came.
Mather’s delivery into the box wasn’t cleared and after the ball ricocheted around the area it fell to Hine whose drive was deftly flicked by Burns, diverting the ball away from the diving Hinchcliffe to send the Magpies supporters behind the goal (and around most of the rest of the ground) wild, giving them hope for more to come.
And there wasn’t long to wait as five minutes later from a superb Whitham cross Burns showed his predatory instincts to slot home his third goal in two games.
Chorley continued to press with Fylde looking for a way back into the game on the break, but the front line worked their socks off to keep the ball as far away from Ashton’s goal as possible, and on the odd occasion they did threaten the back four were superb; Matty Flynn has slotted in alongside Teaguey so well they look like they’ve played together for ever!
Quarter of an hour from time Flitcroft’s selection options took a blow with Dean limping off. Simm was brought on in his place adding an injection of pace to the front line, giving the hosts a new problem to attempt to solve.
Ten minutes from time it was game over. Hine’s pace took him into the area and as he was about the pull the trigger defender Adam Sumner slid through to block the shot but also brought the striker down. With no Dean on the pitch it was down to Hine himself to take the spot kick, which he dispatched send the Chorley fans wild and many of the AFC Fylde fans home!
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Matthew Flynn, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Arron Burns, Jack Dorney
Subs: Chris Simm (Dean, 72), Jake Cottrell (Burns, 89), Chris Almond (Dorney, 84) Harry Winter, Jack Lynch
Att: 1,048 (est. 600+ from Chorley)
Goals: Richie Allen (37), ARRON BURNS (58, 63), JOSH HINE (79 Pen)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Dale Whitham, there wasn’t a blade of grass that wasn’t covered by Dale as he tackled anything in white that moved