Evostik Premier League North
Chorley 0 Chester 2
CHORLEY were outclassed by Neil Young’s newly-crowned champions Chester in front of a bumper crowd of over 2000.
There was a huge police presence in Chorley town centre and at the ground as club officials did not want a repeat of last season’s scenes.
The Magpies were up against it from the start when ex-Magpie Chris Simm played a role in the opening goal after seven minutes.
Chorley’s defensive quartet of Mark Ross, Andrew Teague, Andy Russell and Tom Ince were under the cosh for most of the first half as Flitcroft’s side struggled to have an outlet to take the pressure off.
They rattled the crossbar with an effort by Levi Macklin shortly after then goalkeeper Russell Saunders had to be at his best to deny Wes Baynes.
At the other end, the only chance of note for the Magpies was Matt Walwyn shooting from distance which acemarksman Steve Foster could not react to quickest.
It was 1-0 at the break, but it could have been far worse as Chester had speed and pace in their attacks but for some excellent defending it could have been worse.
Chorley started the second half with renewed enthusiasm but Tom Ince’s free kick whistled over the bar.
They continued to struggle to get out of their own half and Chester doubled their lead from a corner as Marc Williams sealed the points.
There was still time for Chris Denham to fire wide for Chorley for effort that would be scant consolation heading into their make-or-break tie with Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday at 3pm.