Grantham Town 3

Chorley 4

FOR the second time this season Chorley left Lincolnshire with a sensational 4-3 cup triumph after producing an exhilarating second-half fightback to book a place in the FA Trophy first round proper.

There were shades of the epic FA Cup victory at Boston here as the Magpies in typically resilient fashion overturned a 3-1 interval deficit to win the tie courtesy of a stunning strike a minute from time .

This was on paper a tricky assignment against the Northern Premier League Premier Division promotion-chasers boasting seven straight wins and the best scoring record in their division. Grantham’s attacking style repeatedly posed first-half problems for a Chorley defence looking more vulnerable than usual and the Gingerbreads’ lively striker and top marksman Lee Shaw enhanced his growing reputation with two goals and other near-misses.

But Jansen’s men stormed back after the break and two cracking goals in a matter of minutes by Josh Wilson put them on level terms just after the hour-mark.

In fact all four Chorley goals were top-quality. After Danny Meadows had headed in a Shaw centre to put Grantham ahead on 9 minutes, Jason Walker equalised in the 20th minute, curling a superb shot into the top corner from just outside the box. Shaw restored Grantham’s lead when he raced clear from half-way and arrowed a neat shot beyond Matt Urwin from a tight angle but Chorley were close to a second equaliser when from a corner Wilson’s goal-bound drive was scrambled off the line.

The Magpies’ Trophy hopes looked to be dashed just before the half-time whistle as the ever-dangerous Shaw whipped an angled 20-yards’volley past Urwin and just inside the far post.

Whatever manager Jansen said to his players during the break clearly did the trick. Wilson made it 2-3 after 56 minutes with a searing volley from Matt Challoner’s lofted diagonal ball and the introduction of substitute Marcus Carver created a third goal in the 63rd minute. His whipped-in cross was perfect for Wilson whose bullet-header entered the net via the underside of the bar.

Chorley continued to look dangerous in attack but the home side had their moments too and it took a wonderful save by Urwin to get down and hold a fierce volley from distance by who else but Shaw.

It proved to be the final game-changer as on 89 minutes O’Keefe won a thrilling cup-tie for Chorley, smashing a terrific first-time shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards to the delight of the Magpies’ sizeable travelling support.