Magpies crowned champions

Josh Hine bagged two goals against Buxton
Josh Hine bagged two goals against Buxton

The prolific Josh Hine was Chorley’s saviour as his two goals sealed a 2-0 victory and Conference North football for the Victory Park outfit in the 2014/15 season.

Hine scored either side of the interval to seal the victory and an Evo-Stik League Premier Division crown in a fixture which saw more than 1000 travel from Chorley to support their team.

The game started scrappily with the wind dictating the majority of play in the early stages.

Despite the even start it was Buxton who had the first effort on goal, centre-half Sam Brooks rising above everybody inside the penalty area, but his header could only flick the top of the crossbar.

After a scrappy period of play which saw neither side trouble their respected goalkeepers, the Chorley faithful were almost sent into raptures after 25 minutes.

Paul Jarvis excellently manoeuvred his way down the left wing and his pin point cross found an unmarked James Dean but his header bullet header went well wide of goal.

One minute later, Chorley again could have taken the lead, skipper Teague leapt in the air from a corner but the effort was cleared off the line by Neil Stevens.

Matt Thornhill then played in Buxton’s leading goalscorer Mark Reed but the latter could only blaze wide of Sam Ashton’s goal, then five minutes later Craig Kind hit a drilled effort wide of goal.

With just three minutes remaining, Chorley picked up the pace in the game and after a short spell of pressure The Silverlands erupted as they grabbed a vital goal.

Dean out muscled his marker inside the area and with his back to goal he squared to an unmarked Hine who slotted calmly past the helpless Andy Warrington.

The goal sparked the Magpies into life, one minute later they again broke down the left hand side but Max Cartwright’s shot come cross just sailed inches wide of goal.

Chorley started the stronger of the two sides in the second half, Jarvis again causing problems down the left hand side, then Dale Whitham had a strong shout for a penalty as his shot seemed to strike the arm of a Buxton defender.

The Magpies went in search of a second goal but the evergreen Tim Ryan stood firm winning a number of challenges against Dean.

Buxton winger King then sliced a cross into the side netting from eight yards while at the other end, Teague saw his downward header saved by Warrington.

Chorley continued to press for the second goal but both Hine and Dean failed to hit the target with efforts from inside the area.

As the game entered the final stages both sides searched for a goal, Buxton opting for a more direct approach with Chorley pressuring the Buxton fullback’s down the wing.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Buxton increased the pressure on a nervy Chorley, Morris and King both seeing crosses flash through the area.

Hine then rasped a shot into the side netting and then was the game entered stoppage time, Chorley sealed their title.

Sub Jack Dorney broke the Buxton back line and after squaring inside the area he found an unmarked Hine who tapped the ball in an empty net and sent the travelling Chorley fans wild.

After a brief pitch invasion from the Chorley fans, the game petered out with Hine skewing an effort wide of goal and as the referee’s whistle brought an end to the game, the scenes at Silverlands will never be forgotten as 1,000 Chorley fans invaded the pitch to celebrate the clubs success.

Chorley : Ashton, Ross, Cartwright, Teague (c), O’Brien, Hine, Cottrell, Whitham, Vermiglio (Woolcott 64) , Dean, Jarvis (Dorney 78)

Subs not used : Roscoe, Almond, Nicholson