Chorley defeat Grantham

Photo Neil Cross'Chorley FC v Grantham Town'Andy Teague blocks
Photo Neil Cross'Chorley FC v Grantham Town'Andy Teague blocks

Two cleverly-created goals in a lively eight minutes spell early in the second half enabled the Magpies to get back to winning ways against Grantham

More than 529 fans braved the deluge wintery conditions as they started to see glimpses of what Garry Flitcroft is trying to do at Victory Park.

The Magpies picked up the three points this match and had to deal with the visitors over-physical spoiling tactics ensured a dour first-half struggle for supremacy.

Grantham’s Paul Grimes ballooned a couple of early chances over the bar in the first half while Ciaran Kilheeney saw a snap-shot from inside the box diverted for a fruitless corner.

Otherwise there was little excitement until shortly before the interval when from 10 yards Andy Russell skewed his shot wide from Tom Ince’s square pass.

Then Lee Potts was desperately close for the visitors with a 20-yards’ screamer which grazed the home bar.

The influential Ince made the breakthrough two minutes into the second half.

Impressive Kilheeney headed square to Steve Foster who promptly sent Ince through and he confidently found the net for his fourth goal in three games.

It sparked a hectic few minutes in the Grantham goalmouth.

Defender Russell had a powerful header brilliantly saved by James Lindley and then Ince’s raking low centre was desperately deflected for a corner as Foster slid in to apply the finishing touch at the back post.

Reprieve for Grantham was short-lived.

On 55 minutes an exquisite sequence of first-time passes involving Ince and the industrious Simon Garner sliced open the visitors’ defence, releasing Kilheeney who calmly shot low into the corner of the net to put Chorley two up.

Almost at once Kilheeney broke clear again down the right only to drag his shot wide of the far post.

Grantham never looked capable of saving the game and Magpies’ keeper Andy Robertson completed the match without making a serious save.

With the two goal cushion Garry Flitcroft took the opportunity to give Steve Foster, Ciaran Kilheeney and Steve Flitcroft all a rest with Monday’s trip to Marine in mind, bringing on John Cunliffe, Matt Jansen and Dale Whitham on in their places.

Cunliffe could have netted on the break after a Town free-kick was countered at pace, Kilheeney should have crossed to Cunliffe when put through by Ince and Whitham stung the keepers fingers with a typical drive from 18 yards as the Magpies controlled the second period.

However, substitute Michael Jacklin ought to have pulled a goal back in the last minute when receiving a right-wing centre unmarked at 12 yards’ range but he hammered a shot wide of the post to compound Grantham’s frustration.

Chorley lost 2-0 on Bank Holiday Monday to Marine in the Evostik Premer League.

Goals by Marcus Carver and Nick Rogan were enough to guide Marine to victory