Cool Josh spot on for Flitcroft’s high fliers

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Chorley sit second in the Evo-Stik Premier League after a convincing 1-0 victory over Kings Lynn Town.

The Magpies were looking to bounce back after a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Skelmersdale United on Tuesday night.

And a Josh Hine spot-kick converted in the 49th minute after Dale Whitham had been felled ensured the Magpies had no problems against a Lynn side who seemingly would have been happy with a point.

The win was slightly overshadowed after a head injury to skipper Andy Teague.

Teague was on the receiving end of two heavy tackles in the opening 17 minutes, with the latter ensuring Teague was to play no further part as he required six stitches in his

head.

Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft was delighted with the team’s result.

He said: “I thought we were excellent today and created plenty of chances.

“They came and sat back which gave us plenty of the ball and I thought the lads were patient and didn’t rush the goal.

“The team spirit is high at the moment and there is plenty of good feeling around the squad which makes me very confident in the side.”

The Magpies now take on Blyth Spartans at home tonight, and Flitcroft is confident ahead of the tie.

He added: “I’m really confident at the moment.

“Blyth are going well but it’s a long way to come on a Tuesday night – I know as we had to go there in midweek last year.

“But at the moment, I’m confident we can beat anybody at home.”

As they had against Skelmersdale, the Magpies dominated possession against Lynn but they struggled to work opposition goalkeeper Danny Gay in the opening 45 minutes.

Gay saved well from James Dean and Tom Baker, and Kieran Walmsley had a spectacular effort sail well over the crossbar.

Dean caused problems all game and the big striker brought the ball down well in the area only to see his effort blocked by a last-ditch tackle.

After a rousing team talk, Chorley started the second half with much more urgency.

They attacked Kings Lynn with plenty of chances coming down the left-hand side.

Whitham sent Paul Jarvis through clean on goal but he saw his dinked effort over the sprawling Gay trickle wide.

Then the turning point as referee awarded Chorley a spot-kick after a needless foul on Whitham by Clarke.

Hine stepped up and made no mistake, smashing the ball into the net, high to the keeper’s right.

Chorley continued to pile on the pressure, with Lynn struggling to defend the right hand side.

Valter Fernandes blocked a dangerous Walmsley cross, but the visitors started to press knowing they now had to score.

Darren Stephenson and Alex Meaney were introduced and both brought pace and energy to the side.

Dean who worked tirelessly all game saw his header flick the crossbar, while Whitham should have made it 2-0 but he completely missed Walmsley’s pull-back five yards out from goal.

Lynn then had a chance through Daniel Jacob with his curling effort just sailing wide of Sam Ashton’s

right-hand post.

Meaney then saw his effort palmed away by Gay with Chorley looking like they could score every time they attacked the Kings Lynn

goal.

Dean then broke into the area but the former Fylde man lost his footing and had to make do with a corner.

Lynn had arguable their best chance of the game in last the five minutes but skipper Phil Gulliver’s header from a dangerous position was straight at Ashton.

Stephenson missed a one-on-one which he really should have scored in the final

moments.

But the game still ended 1-0 and sealed another three points for Flitcroft’s men.

Chorley: Ashton, Walmsley, Teague , O’Brien, Mather, Cottrell, Baker, Jarvis, Whitham, Hine, Dean. Subs: Vermiglio, Stephenson (Hine 58), Ross (Teague 17), Meaney (Jarvis 71) Wiles