It’s Midlands misery for off-colour Magpies

Dale Whitham heads towards goal against Solihull Moors

Dale Whitham heads towards goal against Solihull Moors

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It was the home side who took all the spoils in this Vanarama Confernce North in the West Midlands.

Lady luck wasn’t on the Magpies’ side but individual errors ultimately cost them, which left boss Garry Flitcroft

furious.

He said: “We were comfy for 35 minutes, and then it’s a poor goal to give away.

“I said to Sam Ashton at half-time he made an error against Bamber Bridge and he made another one today.

“We should have gone in at half-time 1-0 up but instead Adam Roscoe got pinned.

“We should have done better but we were 2-1 down and ultimately rhat was down to individual errors.

“In the second half, I thought in periods we did well but it was decision making that did us.

“Josh Hine had a couple of efforts when he could have squared it to James Dean, but everyone wants to score.

“If we pulled a goal back in the second half ,it’s game on.

“But unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”

It was high-flying Chorley who were the better side during the first half, but Solihull had the first chance to take an early lead.

Former Football League player Darren Byfield – who once had a loan spell at Preston – saw his intended cross from the right hit the bar before Omar Bogle sent a volley from the rebound over the bar.

Decent chances fell to Josh Hine and James Dean shortly after.

And it was the latter who found the net with a looping chip over Tony Breeden in the Solihull goal to give the Magpies the lead after 15 minutes.

But seven minutes later, it was all square.

A free-kick from deep wasn’t dealt with at the back, and Moors captain Robert Elvins was left with the simplest of finishes to put the home side level.

Chorley had chances to retake the lead though.

Hine produced a fine save from Breeden and later the Solihull keeper pushed another Hine shot on to the post.

Dean was also unlucky to see his header from a Mather corner fly over the bar.

But it was Solihull who went into the break with an advantage.

Deep into injury-time, a corner from the left again saw Chorley stand still in the box, and it was left to the league’s top scorer Bogle to head in for 2-1.

In the second half, it was pretty much the home side that ruled the roost.

Chorley probed forward occasionally but were vulnerable at the back.

The killer third goal came midway in the second half.

A free-kick was awarded when the ball hit the arm of Hine a yard outside the penalty area and Darryl Knight’s sweetly-struck set-piece floated over the wall and beyond a scrambling Ashton.

Garry Flitcroft’s men didn’t give up, though.

And the best chance of the second half fell to Hine as he went clear of the Moors defence to go one-on-one with Breeden, but the Solihull keeper held on to the Chorley attacker’s shot.

Solihull could have added to their tally late on but for a couple of Ashton saves in the closing minutes.

Chorley: Sam Ashton, Kyle Jacobs, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Tom Smyth, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Jack Dorney, Darren Stephenson. Subs: Harry Winter, Paul Jarvis, Astley Mulholland, Chris Simm, Jack Lynch

Attendance: 425