HomeSTATSMatch ReportsSeason 2015/16Hednesford Town 1-3 Chorley (20/02/2016)

Hednesford Town 1-3 Chorley (20/02/2016)

Saturday February 20th, 3pm

Chorley recorded an empathic victory away to Hednesford Town, a side sitting in the relegation zone before the day's play. They avenged the late equaliser suffered early on in the season against the Pittmen, winning 3-1 thanks to a Jordan Connerton brace, writes Elliott Walsh. 

The Magpies made a bright start. Dale Whitham, assuming set piece duty after the loss of Andy Bond, found the head of Teague with a looping corner in the first minute. Kennedy Digie, a scorer at Victory Park earlier in the season across well to block the header. 

Hednesford had an early chance of their own though. Paul Ennis cutting inform the left hand side, this time it was Teague getting in the way of an effort on goal before the ball eventually found its way through to Sam Ashton. 

Paul Jarvis was called into action early on as Will Beesley suffered an injury which he couldn't run off. 

Jack Truelove played a teasing ball through to Danny Glover who was unable to steer the ball home. At the other end Roscoe whipped in a similar ball for Teague who saw his header acrobatically saved by Crane in the Hednesford goal to keep the scores level. 

Adam Thomas has a chance to put the home side in the lead. He controlled a cross in the area, and but for a Paul Jarvis challenge he may have found the back of the net.  

He was made to pay for the mistake. A long ball forward eventually found its way to Connerton who diverted the ball past Crane with half an hour gone to give Chorley the lead. 

The visitors were the side in command at this point and it could well have been two. Darren Stephenson pounced on a lapse in concentration and saw his shot headed away by Cleet. A crucial header as the ball was heading for the top corner. 

Half time substitute, Tom Peers nearly gave Hednesford a lifeline. He got on the end of Truelove's cross but could only head straight at Ashton from close range. 

Fans who attended the home game a against Hednesford will remember their long throw. Captain Ben Bailey used the throw to his advantage. As Chorley failed to clear it was Adam Thomas, a man who scored in the reverse fixture equalised with a left foot drive into the bottom corner. 

Stephenson went close for Chorley with a left foot shot from the edge of the box as Chorley looked to get back into the lead. They pushed forward in numbers and Connerton looked to be through but was cut out. It seemed the chance would be over but Darren laid the ball back to Jarvis who crossed the ball towards Whitham who has the element of fortune to thank for his chest into the back of the net. 

Another long throw from Bailey nearly caused trouble in the area. He found Glover at the far post but he was unable to steer his header on target. 

The home fans were becoming frustrated, and the levels of which were notched up a level just a minute later. Sam Ashton's kick caught in the wind and went straight through to Connerton who slotted past Crane for his second and Chorley's third of the game. 

Hednesford could have found a way back into the game. Tom Peers rounded Ashton, the keeper getting stuck in the mud, but he couldn't beat captain Andy Teague on the line. 

The home side fought in the last ten minutes for a result but couldn't get past a strong Chorley back line. The win moves the Magpies up to 8th in the table. 

Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Will Beesley, Andy Teague, Kieran Charnock, Adam Roscoe, Jack Lynch, Dale Whitham, Jordan Connerton, Darren Stephenson, Jake Cottrell

Subs: James Dean (Connerton), Paul Jarvis (Beesley), Vinny Bailey, Jack Dorney (Lynch), Tom Field

Att: 403

Goals: JORDAN CONNERTON (30), Adam Thomas (58), DALE WHITHAM (64), JORDAN CONNERTON (71)

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