Magpies feeling blue as Green survive red

The Forest Green players protest as referee Peter Bankes dismisses Danny Wright
The Forest Green players protest as referee Peter Bankes dismisses Danny Wright

A two-divison difference and a full-time status were the only things to separate Chorley and Forest Green Rovers in Saturday’s FA Trophy tie.

The Evo-Stik Premier Division League promotion hopefuls were full value for their draw with fans exiting Victory Park claiming a victory wouldn’t have been unjust.

And how right they were as the Magpies matched the Skrill Premier in each department for 90 minutes.

Should Chorley defeat Forest Green a tie against Skrill Premier outfit Tamworth will await them in the third round.

Garry Flitcroft handed a debut to right-back Adam Mitter as Mark Ross missed out through suspension, while Paul Woolcott was cup-tied.

Frontman Josh Hine returned after missing out last week due to injury,

In a game in which conditions dominated, Chorley started brightly from the off with Jamie Vermiglio rolling back the years to put in an excellent midfield shift.

Jared Hodgkiss had the first effort for Forest Green but his effort sailed well over.

Matt Barnes-Homer the striker that was the Macclesfield Town hero in the FA Cup last year proved to be the Forest Green villain as he was guilty of missing several one-on-one chances.

After saving well from Barnes-Homer, Sam Ashton then saved well from Marcus Kelly and it as clear to see that the Skrill side looked dangerous on the break.

The pace and power from Hine and James Dean caused problems throughout the 90 minutes.

And it was the two that linked up after an excellent 40-yard pass by Dean found Hine on the right-hand side of the penalty area but the latter’s effort was deflected over the bar.

After a strong start Forest Green petered out in the first half as it was Chorley the ones looking more likely to break the deadlock.

Goalkeeper Sam Russell was required on more than one occasion to claim well from plenty of Chorley

crosses.

Then seven minutes after the restart, Forest Green were reduced to 10 men. Danny Wright who was booked earlier in the half after an altercation with Vermiglio appeared to elbow Andy Teague.

The referee had no hesitation in showing Wright a second yellow with some arguing the former Wrexham man should have been awarded a straight red.

But the one man difference didn’t deter Forest Green and Yan Klukowski sent a shot over Ashton’s head but the keeper did well to tip the ball on to the bar.

Barnes-Homer then glanced a header wide before back up at the other end Dean saw his header saved by

Russell.

Then former Macc man Barnes-Homer found himself clean through on goal but Ashton rushed out to smother the shot and save well.

Darren Stephenson and Adam Roscoe were introduced by manager Garry Flitcroft and Stephenson was involved in the action straight away but his effort was tame and meant a comfortable save for Russell.

Stephenson then had an effort blocked on the line as Chorley took the game to their opponents.

In the final minutes, Dale Whitham sent a cross come shot into the penalty area and goalkeeper Russell was back pedalling and managed to tip the ball over for a corner.

Teague then had a weak effort straight at Russell from the resulting corner and then in the dying moments Victory Park erupted.

Dean broke into the area and was seconds away from unleashing a shot before Dale Bennett clattered into him but referee Peter Bankes waved away the penalty claims.

Moments later, the game was brought to an end as the strong crowd of 790 applauded both sets of players who will do it all again tonight, Tuesday, for a place in the third

round.

Chorley: Ashton, Mitter (Roscoe 77), Mather, Teague, O’Brien, Whitham, Vermiglio (Stephenson 68), Jarvis, Cottrell, Hine, Dean. Subs not used: Grundy (gk), Wiles, Meaney