Evostik First Division One North Play-off final
Chorley 2 AFC Fylde 0
JACK Dorney’s sublime right foot curling shot was the icing on the cake as Chorley beat rivals AFC Fylde in a nail-biting encounter.
The second-half substitute fired home with six minutes left on the clock bringing the majority of the 2,950 strong crowd to its feet as the club joined Chester City in the Evostik Premier League next season.
The game was delayed for 15 minutes for crowd congestion as Victory Park was packed to the rafters to watch one of the biggest nights in the Magpies history.
Chorley were quick out of the starting blocks with influential midfielder Dale Whitham’s rasping shot rattling the crossbar after five minutes.
The Magpies continued to build on their momentum and striker Steve Foster could only watching as his shot was saved by the Fylde keeper Lewis Edge moments later.
The match continued at a high tempo and the hosts edged in front when good link-up play between Matt Jansen and Tom Ince created space for Foster to make up for his earlier miss and score.
Chorley’s braveheart spirit in the first half was shown by their diehard centre-halves - Andy Russell who was blooded from a ball hitting him on the nose and Andy Teague as he blocked a shot in front of goal.
In the second half, AFC Fylde’s Michael Barnes caused some anxious moments with his pace but the home side defence remained strong with keeper Chris Howarth making a few fine saves.
For a 15 minute spell Chorley struggled to keep possession of the ball as Fylde started to pile the pressure on Howarth’s goal.
Foster had the ball in the back of the Fylde net mid-way through the second period but it was ruled out for offside.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, the game hinged on one moment when keeper Howarth kept the ball out of the net at the back post.
It spurred the homes side on and Dorney brought the substitutes into fits of euphoria when his strike sailed into the back of the net.
Despite five minutes of added time, the Magpies held on to seal the win.
- The full report and match analysis will appear in Wednesday’s Guardian
Chorley: Howarth, Ross, Walker, Teague, Russell, Whitham, Roscoe, Vermiglio, Jansen (Dorney 47), Foster, Ince. Subs: Woodyatt, Payne, Fairhurst, Stepien