Evostik First Division North Play-off Semi-final
Chorley 2 Curzon Ashton 1
CHORLEY moved one step closer to realising their promotion dream after a convincing win over the Manchester-based side Curzon Ashton.
Garry Flitcroft’s team deservedly booked their place in Friday night’s showpiece final at Victory Park as they dominated the first half with striker Matt Jansen going close on a couple of occasions.
At the other end, Daniel Broadbent had one of the best chances but fired his shot wide of the goal.
Winger Tom Ince tormented the visiting defence all afternoon with his blistering pace and wizardry and he went close with a cross-shot in the swirling wind.
The deadlock was broken on the half-hour mark when Dale Whitham flicked the ball over the keeper and into the goal.
The Magpies settled down for the remainder of the half and it remained at 1-0 until the break.
The bumper crowd fo 1,515 was stunned temporarily after the break when Joseph Evans fired past goalkeeper Chris Howarth to level the scores.
Just when the tide looked to have turned against the hosts, striker Steve Foster started to cause problems for the visitors and Chorley regained the lead when Adam Roscoe headed home from a corner.
There were still some tense moments for Chorley as Broadbent watched his snapshot rebound off the crossbar with 10 minutes remaining.
Chorley held on to wrap up the win and they will meet AFC Fylde in the final with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Chorley: Howarth, Ross, Walker, Teague, Russell, Whitham, Roscoe, Vermiglio, Jansen (Dorney 46), Foster, Ince. Subs not used: Woodyatt, Payne, Fairhurst, Stepien