Chorley 4 Skelmersdale United 1

Garry Flitcroft

Garry Flitcroft

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'A MAMMOTH effort' was delighted Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft’s verdict after seeing his gutsy battlers shrug off their midweek FA Trophy disappointment and take a giant stride towards the NPL Premier Division title in an enthralling shoot-out with the current league leaders.

In front of a tremendous crowd of 1,968 – the league’s season’s best – the Magpies survived a few early scares to put Skelmersdale to the sword and close the gap at the top to one point with four games in hand.

Home keeper Sam Ashton had pulled off a stunning early save to scoop off the line Adam Morning’s downward header and Dean Astbury dragged a clear shot wide as the visitors initially called the tune.

It was against the run of play when Chorley seized the lead on 26 minutes from a sublime Paul Jarvis free-kick skilfully curled into the top corner. Boosted by the spectacular strike, the home side took control and made it two on 39 minutes, James Dean looping a header beyond ex-Magpie keeper Zac Hibbert.

A minute from half-time it was 3-0 when Darren Stephenson capitalised on disarray in the visitors’ defence to set up a simple finish for Jack Dorney to celebrate his return to the club.

Shell-shocked Skelmersdale reasserted themselves after the restart and Ashton was at his most alert in fisting aside a well-struck Neil Prince drive.

But the leaders were not long denied, Tom Hardwick (54 minutes) heading in a by-line free-kick at the back post.

The Magpies showed their character to dig deep and they began to look the more likely to score again. And so it proved.

After Hibbert had bravely blocked a fierce shot from substitute Josh Hine – the former Skelmersdale hot-shot completed the Magpies’ joy and an ultimately emphatic victory six minutes from time by again racing clear and tucking away the home side’s fourth to set up a richly deserved standing ovation at the final whistle.

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7:01am Tue 21 Jan 14

roverinmanchstr says...

It is really fantastic to see the players embrace Garry Flitcroft and Matt Jansen when they score a goal. It also nice for Gary to talk about the fans in such a positive way and, at the end of the game to be thanked by the club for attending over the Public announcement system. Totally impressed what a lovely club. Long may this success continue. the attendance on Saturday was excellent hopefully though gates of 2000+ can be achieved The team deserve massive support. They have been praised by opposing managers particular the comments made by the Tamworth manager who said that Magpies were excellent and that he wanted us to be promoted because of the teams attitude and spirit. What praise indeed (compared to some our League clubs). Will be at the next match 1st Feb and the 'big one' v FC Utd of Manchester at Victory Park on the 15th Feb.
It is really fantastic to see the players embrace Garry Flitcroft and Matt Jansen when they score a goal. It also nice for Gary to talk about the fans in such a positive way and, at the end of the game to be thanked by the club for attending over the Public announcement system. Totally impressed what a lovely club. Long may this success continue. the attendance on Saturday was excellent hopefully though gates of 2000+ can be achieved The team deserve massive support. They have been praised by opposing managers particular the comments made by the Tamworth manager who said that Magpies were excellent and that he wanted us to be promoted because of the teams attitude and spirit. What praise indeed (compared to some our League clubs). Will be at the next match 1st Feb and the 'big one' v FC Utd of Manchester at Victory Park on the 15th Feb. roverinmanchstr
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