Chorley maintained their excellent start to the season inflicting a first away defeat for the visitors Blyth Spartans
A ninth goal of the season for Darren Stephenson and a brace from the tireless James Dean ensured a 3-0 victory for the Magpies and ensuring
the Magpies closed the gap on top-of-the-table AFC Fylde to just the one goal.
Chorley were dealt a blow in the pre-match warm up with the news that Paul Jarvis pulled up with an injury but it meant ex Macclesfield Town
man Simon Wiles stepped up from the bench to take his place on the right wing.
Skipper Andy Teague missed out but Mark Ross performed amicably in his place at centre half.
Boss Garry Flitcroft was delighted with his sides performance and is full of confidence ahead of Saturdays FA Cup tie against Skrill North side
Vauxhall Motors, he said: “That was a big win tonight and I thought we were excellent.
“Everyone starting from Sam Ashton at the back played well and it was a great result.
“We had to deal with a couple of injuries to Kie Walmsley and Darren Stephenson and they will be seen to on Thursday.
“But at the moment we are full of confidence and we think we can beat anybody.”
The first chance of the game fell to midfielder Dale Whitham but he saw a header just loop over the Blyth goal.
Blyth were fresh off the back a nine-man victory against Witton Albion on Saturday and the North East side proved they were no pushovers
with Danny Maguire proving a real thorn in the Chorley back line.
Blyth who were unbeaten away from home before Tuesdays defeat could have taken the lead but Sam Ashton saved well palming away a Maguire free kick to safety.
Wiles justified his promotion from the bench throughout the first 45 minutes, his pace caused problems all half for the Blyth defenders and a slick pass sent Dean through but the big striker failed to convert an early effort.
Moments later it was Dean and Wiles involved again but Michal Misiewicz was proving hard to beat in the Blyth goals making an excellent double save from first Wiles and then Dean.
Adam Mather put it an excellent all round performance at left back and produced many a teasing crosses which Blyth struggled to defend all night.
And it was from a Mather cross that lead to a Tom Baker corner and the Magpies first goal of the night on.
The corner was met by the head of Dean and Stephenson acrobatically flicked it on to put the ball past Misiewicz to give Chorley a 1-0 lead.
Blyth responded straight from the restart through a Maguire effort but two minutes later Chorley doubled their lead.]
Dean showed pace and power and the ex AFC Fylde man cut in from the left hand side unleashing a curling shot and with the help of a deflection flew into the right hand corner of Misiewicz.
With a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead boss Flitcroft opted to make two changes just before the hour mark with Paul O’Neil replacing Walmsley and Josh Hine coming on for Wiles.
Blyth looked to take the game to Chorley and the North East outfit threw everything at the Magpies back line.
Ashton saved well with a sprawling dive to his left to push away a Matty Wade effort in the 69th minute and Ashton was called upon again after
a slight mix-up at the back post but he managed to claw away a looping cross to safety.
Dean saw his cross evade Stephenson in the area as Chorley looked to hit Blyth on the counter.
Stalwart Jamie Vermiglio was brought on to add strength to the midfield and completely against the run of play Chorley made it 3-0 and
sealed a valuable three points.
Stephenson broke into the area and crossed for Dean who slammed home to grab his third goal and secure an excellent win against a strong opposition.
Chorley starting XI:- Ashton, Walmsley, Ross, O’Brien, Mather, Wiles, Cottrell, Whitham, Baker (c), Stephenson, Dean.
Subs: - O’Neill (Walmsley, 53), Hine (Wiles, 60), Vermiglio (Baker, 79), Roscoe, Meaney.
Blyth Spartans starting XI:- Misiewicz, Buddle, Lancaster, Parker, Purewal (c), Horner, Watson, Hooks, Maguire, Wade, Dale
Subs: - Nolan, Airey (Watson, 75), Tobin (Parker, 45), Wearmouth, Grant (gk).