Chorley 3-0 Holker Old Boys

Chorley FC vs. Holker Old Boys
Chorley FC vs. Holker Old Boys

Promotion-chasing Chorley advanced into the final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy as they outplayed minnows Holker Old Boys.

The Magpies dominated throughout the entire tie as the four league difference showed in every aspect of the game.

Victory for Chorley sees them advance into the final where they await the winners of Clitheroe and Atherton Collieries, the tie will be played at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium.

Chorley opened the scoring in just the fifth minute as Chris Almond tapped in from one-yard.

On the stroke of half-time their lead was doubled as Jack Lynch scored a fine individual effort before the scoring was rounded off in the 73rd minute as centre-half Matt Flynn headed home from six yards.

Garry Flitcroft made six changes for the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy semi-final, opting to give several fringe players a much needed run out.

Chorley made a dominant start at the County Ground outplaying their North West Counties Division One opponents.

Andy Teague twice forced goalkeeper Oliver Bell into two saves from a corner and from the rebound the Holker shot stopper pushed wide a Harry Winter shot.

From the resulting set piece, centre-half Flynn nodded down and from one yard, Almond pushed the ball over the line.

Bell was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers as he first saved a Lynch effort before seeing a sliced Chris Simm shot go wide of the post.

The Conference North side continued to dominate, Winter had his head in his hands as he shot wide from inside the area before fullback Adam Mather whipped a cross across the face of goal which just evaded Almond.

On the stroke of half-time, Chorley doubled their lead and all but put the game to bed.

Mark Ross pushed forward down the right, his searching cross found Lynch and the former Carlisle man showed real quality looping a right footed volley over Bell.

Early in the second half, substitute Paul Jarvis tested Bell from a distance before he saved well palming away a well struck Simm shot.

Jarvis then had a curled effort cleared off the line by Daniel Pattinson and four minutes before the hour Winter rattled the cross bar from the edge of the box.

Chorley’s superior quality continued to show and with just over 15 minutes remaining they scored a third.

Fullback Mather curled in a free-kick from the right byline and quickest off the mark was Flynn to nod the ball past Bell and score his first goal for the Magpies.

With two minutes remaining Grundy was called into action for the first time in the game as he acrobatically turned a John-Paul Stanway header over the bar and with seconds remaining Simm headed over from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

Chorley: Grundy, Ross, Mather, Flynn, Teague (c), Lynch, Almond, Cottrell, Simm, Winter, Dorney (Jarvis 21)

Subs not used: Dean, Whitham, Roscoe, Burns

Holker Old Boys: Bell, Dean Pattinson, Redhead (Stanway 70), Coombe (c), Heffernan, Stuart Pattinson, Jamie Pattinson, Hubbold, Curtis (Reid 77), Rushton, Smith

Subs not used: Parker, Fawcess, Liddicott