Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy
Chorley - 0
AFC Fylde - 2
Chorley missed out on a mouth-watering Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy Final at the Reebok Stadium against Bamber Bridge following this 2-0 defeat to in-form AFC Fylde.
The semi-final loss to their big-spending opponents was down to profligacy in front of goal.
The big difference was the quality finishing provided by Fylde striker Andy Bell, whose two goals won the match.
The Magpies created the greater number of chances throughout, yet Fylde – who have now won 11 of their last 14 games – were a constant threat.
They utilised the pace of Chorley-based ex-Manchester United player Michael Barnes on the left flank.
Indeed, Fylde’s opening goal came from a Barnes cross that was headed in at the far post by Bell on 29 minutes.
The decisive goal, a one-on-one situation between Bell and goalkeeper Aaron Grundy on 65 minutes, ended with Bell calmly side footing home.
It followed a Shelton Payne 25-yard effort at the other end.
The action was end-to-end, with both sides creating chances.
After the game, Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft was full of praise for his team’s display – citing a lack of composure in front of goal as the reason for their downfall.
He said: “On chances created we should have put the game out of sight.
“Fylde are a decent side. They scored 10 minutes before half-time, but we had two great chances before that and their keeper pulled off two great saves.
“In the second half we had 10 great chances and they broke and scored, which was two yards offside, but that’s how it goes.
“We wanted to get to the Reebok. We took loads of fans to Leyland on Wednesday and they really got behind us.”
CHORLEY: Aaron Grundy, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Jerome Fitzgerald, Dale Whitham, Shelton Payne, Steve Flitcroft, Mark Houghton, John Cunliffe, Tom Ince
Subs: Jonathan Smith, Jordan Stepien (Houghton, 69), Jack Dorney (Payne, 72), Nathan Fairhurst (Flitcroft, 52), Steve Burke