Marine - 1
Chorley - 0
CHORLEY were knocked out of the FA Trophy after losing to one of their Evo-Stik Premier Divison North rivals.
It was a tale of two halves as the Magpies failed to build on a promising first half display while the hosts were rewarded for their hunger to steal a win.
Chorley keeper Russ Saunders scrambled an early Aaron Rey shot away for a corner but all of the action was happening at the other end.
Simon Whaley broke through only to shoot wide and then Dale Whitham got in a bullet header from Steve Foster’s inviting cross which flashed inches too high.
In Marine’s most threatening reply, Saunders raced out to snatch the ball as Neil Harvey cut in dangerously along the by-line.
Marine came out after half-time at a higher tempo but Chorley still had their chances.
Adam Roscoe headed past the post from an excellent Whaley cross while the ex-Preston man Whaley failed to convert Steve Foster’s cross.
But the home pressure was building and the decisive goal arrived from a corner on 68 minutes. Non-existent cover at the back post allowed big centre-back Matty Brown to thump home a header from point-blank range.
It was only in added time that they came close to snatching a replay. Andy Russell had a decent effort deflected before Tom Ince wasted a glorious chance to save the game.
Fastening onto the ball down the centre, he reached the edge of the box unchallenged but chose to blast his shot at goal rather than go for placement and home keeper Ryan McMahon pulled off a reaction save to beat the ball out to safety.
Chorley’s consistent early-season form on the road which brought them four wins and a draw from the opening five games seems to have deserted them, this being the third consecutive away match without a goal.