A goalless scoreline but not a bore draw

Players pay their respects for the Bradford City fire disaster ''Chorley FC vs. Solihull Moors

Players pay their respects for the Bradford City fire disaster ''Chorley FC vs. Solihull Moors

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The point gained in Chorley’s eighth home draw of the season on Saturday was enough to secure a

fourth-place finish for the Magpies in the Vanarama Conference North.

This was a livelier game than the scoreline might suggest and on the balance of chances created, Chorley should have won it.

But a combination of bad luck in a stirring first-half display and wayward finishing in a less inspiring second half led to a hard-working

Solihull side earning a share of the spoils.

Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft said: “On chances we should have won the game, especially in the first half.

“I thought we were excellent, and if we had gone in three or four nil up at the break, it wouldn’t have been the wrong score.

“In the second half, we still had the better chances, it was very frustrating today but I can’t fault the lads.

“This pitch is terrible. I know we keep talking about it but it’s so hard to play on.

“It makes it really difficult. You saw with the some of the chances we missed, first Josh Hine and then Chris Almond at the end of the game.

“The main thing from the game is we created chances.

“We just needed the goal, but they always had something to cling on to .

“I thought if we got the goal it would have been a comfortable day for us.

“We’ve had a brilliant season and it’s something we can be proud of, we’re excited and ready for the play-offs.”

Josh Hine was in the thick of the action in a bright start by the home side.

He blazed over from an early chance, then had a goal disallowed for offside before miscuing his shot from a clear chance following a left-wing raid and deep cross.

Twice Chorley were denied by the woodwork as they continued in the ascendancy.

Jack Dorney’s measured lob had Tony Breeden well beaten but clipped the bar, and then James Dean shook the top of the near post with thunderous angled drive.

In reply, Solihull’s Reece Fleet was just too high with a clever chip and Darryl Knights’ raking cross-shot flew just beyond the far post.

Dean was again close to scoring minutes after the interval when Breeden palmed his fierce drive for a corner.

Sam Ashton in the home goal was seriously tested for the only time when Moors’ hotshot, 29-goals Omar Bogle, cut in past two defenders and hit a strong shot which the keeper parried at his near post.

To the undisguised disappointment of anxious home fans in a crowd of 1,425, the Magpies squandered two late chances to pocket the points.

First, substitute Aaron Burns fired high over from an open shooting position, then from a similar invitation to score from a squared pass fellow sub Chris Almond completely missed his kick on the bobbly surface with only Breeden to beat.

CHORLEY: Ashton, Ross, Jarvis, Teague, Doyle ( Flynn,65), Roscoe (Burns 69), Hine, Winter, Dean, Dorney (Almond 55), Cottrell. Unused subs. Lynch, Mather.

Attendance: 1,425