Four secures third as Magpies keep it tight

Adam Roscoe celebrates infront of the travelling Chorley fans
Adam Roscoe celebrates infront of the travelling Chorley fans

Chorley took advantage of some costly mistakes as they defeated Worksop Town 4-1 in a dominant performance in the Evo Stik League Northern Premier Division.

Two goals from Josh Hine and strikes from Adam Roscoe and Dale Whitham secured victory in a well organised and efficient display.

The Magpies travel to Trafford tonight full of confidence and having the remarkable feat of conceding just 10 goals in 14 league games.

But all wasn’t to be easy for Chorley as they fell behind after just four minutes.

Conor Higginson charged down a Sam Ashton clearance and the ball rebounded back into the net to give the home side the lead.

Minutes later only a smart stop from Ashton ensured Worksop didn’t double their lead.

However, on 14 minutes the Magpies drew level.

A poor clearance from Chris Salt gifted Chorley a corner.

Adam Mather swung the ball in and the goalkeeper could only touch it onto the crossbar. Whitham was on hand to smash the ball home and draw the sides level.

But Worksop continued to attack and showed why they have scored so many goals this season.

First Tom Denton headed over and then Jack Muldoon saw his shot parried by Ashton.

Chorley then had a goal chalked off as James Dean slammed the ball home from a Mather free kick only to be denied by the off side flag.

Worksop continued to press with Muldoon having further efforts but just a minute before half time Chorley took the lead taking advantage of a dreadful Worksop mistake.

As Whitham played a ball over the top goalkeeper Ben Gathercole started to come off his line but suddenly stopped and Hine nipped in, stole the ball and sent a deft lob over the goalkeeper’s head, leaving him no chance and Chorley the leaders at the half time break.

The first chance of the second half fell to the Tigers as Jack Adams shot narrowly wide from 25 yards out.

At the other end Hine was in the thick of the action as his shot was palmed wide by the scrambling Gathercole.

Worksop continued to offer some resistance, having plenty of long range efforts but the home side started to struggle in working Ashton.

Then on the 70th minute Darren Stephenson should have made it 3-1.

The front man who has scored ten goals this season in all competitions latched onto a Kieran Walmsley cross but his header went over the bar.

But just minutes later it was 3-1.

Stephenson powered down the wing and his brilliant cross found Roscoe who had drifted away from his marker and the latter finished well with his head leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

Hine rounded off the scoring taking advantage of yet another Worksop mix up to seal the victory.

Confusion between Gathercole and Salt saw the ex Skelmersdale man nip in between them and from a narrow angle showed what he can do and smashed the ball home.

The Magpies fans were sent into raptures as they saw their side seal yet another three points on the road and go into tonight’s game with Trafford and Saturday’s FA Trophy tie with Soham Town Rangers full of confidence.

Teenage striker Brandon Zibaka was introduced in the 85th minute for his Chorley debut and gained valuable minutes under his belt and looked lively in his short stint on the pitch.

The win still sees Chorley only sitting in third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division as both Skelmersdale United and AFC Fylde picked up three points.

But the Magpies have the luxury of two and one games in hand on their opponents which wins in both would see a two point lead at the top of the table.

Chorley:- Ashton, Walmsley, Teague (c), O’Brien, Mather, Cottrell, Vermiglio (Roscoe, 66), Whitham , Hine(Zibaka, 85), Stephenson (Wiles, 79), Dean.

Subs not used: Meaney, Ross.