Magpies back on track thanks to away-day win

James Dean celebrates with Dale Whitham
James Dean celebrates with Dale Whitham

Chorley made a welcome returned to winning ways and quashed some off-field critics in the process with this victory in Derbyshire.

The Magpies have come under scrutiny from a number of people who have been

highlighting their recent slump in form.

But goals from Max Cartwright, James Dean and a James Reid own goal helped silence those critics.

Chorley now sit second in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, level on points with table toppers FC United with just goal difference separating the sides.

However, the Magpies did end the game on a sour note as midfielder Jack Dorney was sent off for a horror challenge, meaning he will miss three games in the final stages of the season.

Boss Garry Flitcroft was happy with his side’s quick start to the game – but was frustrated by Dorney’s red card.

He said: “We set off on fire. Josh Hine was back and it gave us that extra bit of pace.

“He could have had a couple of goals if the ball had fallen right.

“But it’s a good result for us – it’s tough coming here and I’m delighted with the three points.

“Jack’s pulled out of a few challenges today which disappointed me, and then that happens at the end.

“I’m not best pleased with him and we now lose him for three games which is far from ideal for us.”

On-loan Preston North End defender Alex Nicholson was handed a debut, with fellow North End youngster Nick Anderton taking his place on the bench. The Magpies got off to a flier when another loanee, Cartwright, swung a corner in from the right-hand side which evaded everybody and nestled in the bottom corner.

The goal buoyed the Chorley display with Hine causing plenty of problems with his pace.

And it was Hine who had the second chance for Chorley, the speedy forward sprinting past his marker and unleashing a rasping shot which crashed against the crossbar.

The Magpies were then awarded a spot-kick after Dean was clattered in the area.

The big striker picked himself up to send goalkeeper Ross Etheridge the wrong way by nestling the ball in the right-hand corner.

Despite a long Chorley spell of domination,

Ilkeston hit back with a goal against the run of play.

James Reid swung in a corner, which was flicked on by Gary Ricketts and on hand was Joe Maguire, who with his back to goal, to turn his defender to fire the ball home.

After the interval, Sam Ashton had to be alert to pounce on a Ricketts throughball.

Then, in the 67th minute, Chorley had a bit of luck on their side which they have missed in recent games.

Substitute Dorney picked up a clearance and his 25-yard effort looked destined for the post covered by the goalkeeper, but after a deflection off Reid, it went into the other side of the goal to give Chorley a

two-goal advantage.

The Magpies continued to press an Ilkeston side out of form and, like Chorley, who have lacked luck in recent

performances.

The game ended on a sour note when Dorney was sent-off for a challenge on Laurie Wilson. The Ilkeston skipper required lengthy treatment after the poor challenge.

There was still time left for the Robins to reduce the deficit, as Reid’s free-kick was converted by Michael Williams.

But Chorley held on comfortably to seal a precious three points.

Chorley: Sam Ashton, Alex Nicholson, Max Cartwright, Andy Teague, Mark Ross, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine (Darren Stephenson 65) , Jamie Vermiglio (Paul Woolcott 45), James Dean, Dale Whitham, Paul Jarvis (Jack Dorney 13). Subs not used: Chris Almond, Nick Anderton

Attendance : 436