Magpies keep the pressure on

Chorley's Lee McEvilly Norrowley misses as the ball bounces awkwardly.
Chorley's Lee McEvilly Norrowley misses as the ball bounces awkwardly.

A superb second-half performance from Garry Flitcroft’s team saw the Magpies continue to keep up with the early-season pacesetters with a 4-1 win against Worksop Town.

A brace of goals from midfielder Dale Whitham, plus strikes from Simon Whaley and substitute Tom Williams, saw Chorley triumph easily over their struggling opponents, who lie in the bottom three.

The first half was, unfortunately for the bumper crowd of 1,004 spectators, a dreadful spectacle.

The play was scrappy, chances were few and far between, and the football in general was of a very poor standard.

The only threat Chorley appeared to possess was from set-pieces, and it was from a free-kick that they created their best chance of the opening 40 minutes.

However, nobody could get on the end of Tom Ince’s ball.

It was from yet another set-piece that the first Chorley goal came from, just three minutes before the break.

Ince’s delivery was pushed on to the post from a corner. The ball bounced loose, and Whitham was the first to react, drilling the ball home left-footed.

Unfortunately for the Magpies though, their lead lasted barely 60 seconds, Worksop’s Jamie Jackson finishing well to send his side in at half-time the happier of the two teams.

Whatever Flitcroft said to his players at half-time, it certainly worked, as the Magpies were by far the superior side in the second period.

Indeed, it took only six second-half minutes for the Magpies to retake the lead.

Another free-kick from livewire Ince was only half-cleared by Worksop, and Whaley fired home.

Worksop responded with a corner to the edge of the box, which was volleyed over, but the Magpies looked more comfortable in possession than their opponents.

It was 3-1 on 69 minutes. Andy Russell chipped the ball across the goal, and Whitham only had to nod the ball home.

The lead was further extended eight minutes later, and it was by far the best goal of the game.

Good build-up play from the Magpies sent Tom Williams away.

Williams stayed composed, finishing well into the top corner to claim his first competitive goal for Chorley.

Even after that, their lead could have been further extended. Adam Roscoe’s deflected free-kick was well-saved, but they will be extremely happy with their performance and the result.

Chorley (4-4-2): Saunders; Brown, Teague, Russell, Ince; Roscoe, Vermiglio, Whitham, Payne (Williams); Whaley (Denham), McEvilly (Cunliffe)

Attendance: 1,004

Man of the Match: Dale Whitham: Easily his best performance of the season. Outstanding.