Mapgies pay penalty in Rangers stalemate

PHOTO: DAVID HURST'Chorley FC V Stafford Rangers at Victory Park'Matt Walwyn scores
PHOTO: DAVID HURST'Chorley FC V Stafford Rangers at Victory Park'Matt Walwyn scores

Evostik Premier League

Chorley 2 Stafford 2

GARRY Flitcroft will have been disappointed about how his side dropped two points in their race for the title.

Chester FC continue to set the pace at the top of the division and stretched their lead to four points over the Magpies ahead of the showdown between the clubs at Victory Park on Saturday.

The home side were flying out of the starting blocks by putting Stafford on the back foot and they opened the scoring on 16 minutes.

Winger Matt Walwyn continues to impress with his impressive form of five goals in six matches scoring from Tom Ince’s cross inside the 18-yard box.

Two minutes later, striker Chris Denham was stopped in his tracks in the area and the referee awarded a penalty.

However, his partner up-front failed to add to his tally of 15 strikes for the season as Danny Read blocked the spot-kick.

Moments later, ex-Blackburn ace Foster was denied a penalty as the referee waved play on.

Things started to get heated as Denham was shown the yellow card for a challenge and then things threatened to boil over when he reacted to a Mark Ross with his hands.

It allowed Stafford to gain momentum and they equalised when Michael Carr scored a free-kick.

Just as it looking like it was going to be 1-1 at the break, Foster engineered an opening down the right and Walwyn fired into the bottom corner.

The second half was only 12 minutes old when Stafford equalised from another free-kick, which went in at the back post.

Denham tried to restore Chorley’s lead but it was acrobatically saved by the visitors’ keeper after fine build-up play by Steve Flitcroft, Steve Foster and Adam Roscoe.

Fresh legs were introduced to sharpen up the Chorley attack with John Cunliffe and Jordan Bowen entering the fray.

However, Chorley could not find a winner and the majority of the 1,000 crowd went home disappointed that there was not a win.

CHORLEY: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Matt Walwyn, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Chris Denham, Steve Foster, Tom Ince

Subs: Wayne Maden, John Cunliffe, Ahmadi Proya, Jordan Bowen, Ally Brown

Attendance: 1,085