Deadly Darren a big game Trophy hunter

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Yet another outstanding defensive display saw Chorley defeat Whitby Town in the FA Trophy first round qualifier.

A strike on the half-hour mark from Darren Stephenson sealed a place in the hat for the next round were they will take on either Grantham Town or Soham Town Rangers on November 2, in a tie worth £3,250 to the winners.

The Magpies have shown great consistency this season and notched up their ninth clean sheet of the campaign and their fifth 1-0 victory.

But despite Chorley’s success, tomorrow night’s scheduled tie against Witton Albion has been postponed as the latter will be in FA Trophy action meaning Chorley’s next home tie will be on November 5 against Matlock Town.

A dominant performance from the Magpies was in evidence straight away as skipper Andy Teague saw his header just sail over the bar.

The returning Jamie Vermiglio was a thorn in Whitby’s side throughout the 90 minutes, and he played a throughball to Dale Whitham but the midfielder was beaten to the ball by the rushing Whitby keeper.

Minutes later Stephenson saw his effort saved by the keeper.

Chorley continued to press and dominate with Whitby resulting to long-range efforts and ensuring

Sam Ashton would only be a spectator for the first 45

minutes.

After 20 minutes, a well-worked move from Magpies trio James Dean, Adam Mather and

Stephenson.

Stephenson played an excellent through ball down the left hand side to Mather who crossed but Dean was unable to keep his header on target.

But on the half-hour mark came the breakthrough with a much deserved goal.

Dean made a surging run forward and played through Adam Roscoe.

Roscoe fired across goal from the left hand side and the keeper could only parry leaving Stephenson a comfortable tap-in and to give Chorley the lead.

Half time came without Whitby having any real chances and the Magpies dominating proceedings which wasn’t a repeat of last year as Chorley were dumped out at the same stage last season in the

Trophy.

Five minutes into the second half and Chorley continued to press.

Kieran Walmsley an ever present since his return from injury crossed the ball and Whitham leaped above every body only to see his header excellently tipped over with half the ground thinking Chorley should have been two goals to the good.

The home side then had a somewhat better ten minute period but again Ashton was hardly worked.

Keil O’Brien then nodded down for Teague but he shot wide before Stephenson crossed for Jake Cottrell but the former FC United man fired wide knowing himself he should have hit the target.

The Magpies started to go through the gears and minutes after Cottrell effort Dean saw his header cannon off the crossbar after an excellent cross from Roscoe.

Dean then had another effort saved by the keeper.

Every time the ball was pumped forward, Dean was in the action and on the 80th minute, it was him again but this time his shot was straight at the keeper.

Then after being an onlooker all game, Ashton was called into action and made a magnificent save.

He saw the effort late but dived down to his left-hand side and clawing the ball out to safety.

Chorley then saw out the final moments of the game without alarm and sealed a comfortable victory.

Chorley: Ashton, Walmsley, O’Brien, Teague, Mather, Vermiglio(Wiles 75), Cottrell, Whitham , Roscoe (Hine 68), Stephenson, Dean. Unused subs: Jansen, Ross, Meaney

n The Magpies have been drawn at home against Atherton Colliers in the LFA Challenge Cup with the game to be played the week starting

November 18.