Darren dazzles again as Magpies land derby win

AFC Fylde v Chorley.  Tom Baker with a challenge on Michael Barnes.

AFC Fylde v Chorley. Tom Baker with a challenge on Michael Barnes.

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Chorley secured an excellent three points away at AFC Fylde on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday.

A goal from Darren Stephenson in the 23rd minute was enough to secure victory for the Magpies who remain unbeaten four games into their Evo-Stik League Premier Division campaign.

Playing in front of a crowd of more than 500, former Magpie Andy Russell had the first chance for the hosts but he blazed over from six yards out.

For Chorley, Stephenson looked fired up and soon grabbed his fifth goal of the season in only four games.

Stephenson controlled the ball in the area and brought it down with his back to goal before he hit a half vollley past Ben Hinchcliffe.

The goal sparked Fylde into life but still they failed to create any realchances.

Meanwhile, Chorley looked a threat on the counter attack and after smart work from Adam Roscoe, Jamie Vermiglio saw a shot sail just over.

Six minutes before the break, Fylde had their best chance of the match as smart work from tricky winger Michael Barnes down the right led to a Harry Winter chance but the midfielder blazed over.

Three minutes after the interval, Chorley brought on former Macclesfield man Simon Wiles for Vermiglio.

Wiles has had a tough time through injuries in his career but the midfielder showed quality and pace straight away.

He latched on to a Josh Hine pass and stroked his shot into the top corner only to be denied by the crossbar.

Chances then fell at either end – first Fylde’s Danny Lloyd went on a mazy run but fired his effort over, then Wiles volleyed at goal only for Hinchcliffe to pluck it out of the top corner.

New Magpies signing Alex Meaney was then introduced replacing Roscoe, and he had the chance to seal victory but his shot was at Hinchcliffe.

Fylde then had a chance to equalise but Barnes only managed a tame effort at Sam Ashton.

The win sees Chorley move up to second in the league, level on points with Ashton United and Marine.

Manager Garry Flitcroft said: “I though we where excellent throughout.

“Darren was excellent and took his goal really well and I was pleased with the way how we played football.

“We deserved all three points and hopefully we can take the momentum into Saturday’s game at Frickley

Athletic.”