Chorley overcame relegation-haunted Mickleover with a 1-0 win at Victory Park
Magpies’ manager Garry Flitcroft hailed his side’s hard-earned 10th home victory as ‘a big win’ on a day when four of Chorley’s closest rivals for a play-offs spot also picked up three points.
“We battled very well,” said Flitcroft. “The little bit of extra quality that we have saw us through.”
In the end Steve Foster’s goal, his 20th of the season, separated the sides, though the Magpies could point to a couple of near-misses which might have given them more breathing-space.
To their credit, the visitors never gave up and the home defence needed to be vigilant, especially in the second half, to ensure that Mickleover failed to find the net away from home for only the second time this season.
The Derbyshire team made the early running and Tom Ince had to clear a dangerous inswinging corner offf the line at the near post.
But as Chorley found their stride, Sports’ keeper Damien Clarke had to race from his goal to close down Matt Walwyn as he fastened onto Chris Denham’s defence-splitting pass.
The lively Denham was then unfortunate, following a slick build-up by Adam Roscoe and Foster, to slide a low shot beyond Clarke only to see it rebound from the foot of the post.
The decisive goal arrived on 47 minutes. Denham’s clever footwork out on the left won him space for a fine cross and Foster darted in to flick home a delicate near-post header.
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