Magpies destroy the Dabbers with a dominant display

Garry Flitcroft
Garry Flitcroft

Chorley bounced back to winning ways thrashing Nantwich Town 5-1 and still hold a two point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

Debutant Max Cartwright opened the scoring for Chorley in the first half, before Earl Davies drew the sides level.

James Dean the converted a penalty on the stroke of half time, before the Magpies ran riot in the second half with Dean, a Davies own goal and Hine helping seal a fine performance at Victory Park.

The Magpies started brightly and looked fired up from the whistle looking to avenge the back-to-back defeats in the league and cup.

Jamie Vermiglio had a thunderous effort deflected wide of goal and Dale Whitham saw his drilled strike deflected wide for a corner.

The Magpies could have taken the lead after 15 minutes, but Cartwright’s effort was saved well by Steve James - the former failed to convert the follow up slamming the ball wide of the goal.

As the rain poured, Chorley continued to relish the challenge attacking the Nantwich back line from all angles.

And the pressure told in the 24th minute, after Teague had his shot saved by James from a Whitham corner, the rebound fell to Cartwright and he made no mistake firing the ball in the bottom corner.

The Dabbers grew into the game and seemingly found an equaliser seven minutes later.

A corner was whipped into the Chorley box and the unmarked Davies slid in diverting the ball past Sam Ashton to draw the sides level.

Buoyed by their equaliser, Nantwich could have taken the lead but Oliver Devenney’s header was saved well by Ashton.

The Magpies almost regained the lead, Cartwright again involved in the action sent a looping cross into the area and James could only slice his punch inches wide of the post for a corner.

Controversy then hit Victory Park on the stroke of half time, Jack Dorney was hacked down seemingly on the edge of the area however despite initially awarding the free kick referee John Dowd changed his mind and pointed to the spot.

Dean stepped up slamming the ball into the left hand corner sending James the wrong way to give the Magpies a half-time lead.

Chorley started the second half as they ended the first, Darren Stephenson was denied by James who clawed an effort away from goal diving to his right.

The follow up was headed by Whitham but his header could only flick the outside of the post.

James was involved in the action once again as he acrobatically denied a curling Dean effort tipping the ball over the cross bar for a corner.

From the resulting set piece Chorley had the ball in the back-of-the-net but referee Dowd adjudged Whitham had pulled the shirt of his marker before heading home.

Chorley continued to pile on the pressure and Nantwich found themselves pinned back in their own area.

It was then a magic two minutes for the Magpies after Dean and an unfortunate own goal from Davies extended the Magpies lead.

Dean was in the right place at the right time converting a Stephenson headed shot come cross - the latter’s header coming to a halt on the goal line but Dean was more than capable of slamming the ball home.

Then seconds later, Cartwright whipped in a free kick from the right hand side and Davies’ attempted clearance found the back of the net leaving James no chance.

Referee Dowd then denied Chorley a fifth after adjudging Teague had fouled his marked before heading home.

Adam Roscoe and Josh Hine were introduced into the game replacing Vermiglio and Stephenson, the departing pair having fine games in their respected positions.

Chorley continued to dominate proceedings, Dorney and Hine hitting efforts wide of goal and Dean being denied his hat-trick by the outstretched arm of James.

James a fine performer on the day then tipped over a Dorney effort - but as added time drew closer he was beaten for a fifth time as Hine slipped the ball between his legs finishing comfortably.

On loan James then produced the save of the pitch flicking a looping Dorney header off the line for a corner.

The Magpies couldn’t find the magic sixth goal with James in inspired form but it proved to be a vital three points in the hunt for the Evo-Stik League Premier Division title race.

Chorley: - Ashton, Walmsley, Cartwright, O’Brien (Ross 81), Teague (c), Cottrell, Dorney (Roscoe 66), Vermiglio, Dean, Whitham, Stephenson (Hine 68)