Away-day delight for Magpies

James Dean (left) was on target for Chorley against Colwyn Bay
James Dean (left) was on target for Chorley against Colwyn Bay
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Chorley registered their first victory of the Vanarama Conference North season with a deserved 2-0 victory against Colwyn Bay.

Despite heavy traffic delays, the game kicked off on time and striker James Dean gave the Magpies the lead from the penalty spot late in the first half.

In a lack lustre tie, Chorley doubled their lead in the second half through Paul Jarvis and Garry Flitcroft’s side held on to secure a comfortable victory.

It was fairly quick start to the game at Llanelian Road, Joel Bembo-Leta had a shot blocked from an early corner and Chorley’s Dale Whitham saw his 20-yard effort comfortably saved by Seagulls’ goalkeeper Josh Ollerenshaw.

Striker Dean then headed over from six-yards as Chorley looked the better of the two sides in the opening stages.

Former Colwyn Bay centre-half Tom Smyth produced an excellent tackle to deny Colwyn skipper Marc Williams from six yards as Frank Sinclair’s side looked to gain a foothold in the tie.

Half way into the half and Chorley registered their first meaningful attack on goal, a ball was whipped into the area which was met by the head of Teague, however the outstretched arm of Ollerenshaw ensured the ball would be tipped over for a corner.

Dean then fired straight at Ollerenshaw who was much the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half.

The Seagulls struggled to retain possession and were often met by a chorus of groans each time a pass was miss placed.

After a somewhat stale period in the tie, young midfielder Jake Hodgson latched onto a through ball and from 10-yards, produced a fine save from Ashton who was diving to his left.

Eight minutes before the break and Chorley made the breakthrough, Almond broke the back line and as he contested an aerial ball, goalkeeper Ollerenshaw rushed off his line only to clatter the Chorley forward.

Up stepped Dean who made no mistake sending the Bay goalkeeper the wrong way saw slotting in the bottom left hand corner, to score his second penalty in as many games.

Inspired by the goal, Chorley upped their game, Jarvis continued to be a threat down the right wing and he produced yet another save from Ollerenshaw who kept the drilled shot out with his legs.

The Bay almost levelled three minutes before the interval, Rob Hopley had Teague in all kinds of trouble down the left hand side but his cross evaded everybody and Adam Dodd deflected it behind for a corner - from the resulting set piece Hopley headed wide of goal.

Chorley almost doubled their lead in the opening stages of the second half, but Adam Roscoe’s header could only rebound of the crossbar.

Despite their positive start, Chorley failed to build on their large amounts of pressure and Ollerenshaw remained untested in the Bay goals.

Hopley then produced a comfortable save from Ashton as Colwyn looked to step it up a gear however with 20 minutes remaining Chorley doubled their lead.

Almond excellently held up the ball down the left and side and the former Southport man laid the ball off for Dodd and the latter whipped in a pin point cross which was met by the head of the unmarked Jarvis and his header nestled into the right hand corner.

Despite their two goal disadvantage, Colwyn looked to up the ante but like the first half, they struggled to create anything in the final third.

Substitute Jack Lynch, who made his Football League debut for Carlisle last season, looked impressive for Chorley after replacing Roscoe in midfield.

Fullback Adam Mather made a long awaited return from injury coming on for the final 10 minutes of the match and assistant manager Matt Jansen also featured in the final stages of game as Chorley secured their first victory of the Vanarama Conference North season.

Chorley : Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Dodd, Andy Teague (c), Tom Smyth, Jake Cottrell, Chris Almond (Mather, 85), Dale Whitham, James Dean (Jansen, 88), Adam Roscoe (Jack Lynch, 63), Paul Jarvis.

Subs not used: Laquan Esdaille-Binney, Aaron Grundy (gk)

Attendance: 351