Magpies return to top of league

Adam Roscoe on the ball for Chorley against Whitby. PIcs by Mark Locke
Adam Roscoe on the ball for Chorley against Whitby. PIcs by Mark Locke
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Chorley returned to the top of the league with a long-distance win at Whitby Town.

Yet another goal from Steve Foster and a colossal performance from the returning Wayne Maden were the highlights of a 1-0 win.

Whitby had the first chance of the game when former Middlesbrough striker Andy Campbell fired wide.

Cardiff City paid £1m for Campbell in 2002 but he was well marked by Andy Teague and Maden.

After this early scare the Magpies took control and almost opening the scoring on eight minutes when former PNE man Simon Whaley crossed to Foster, but the marksman’s shot went narrowly wide.

Tom Ince then tested the keeper before Foster netted what was the winner on 15 minutes with a trademark 25 yard lob, giving Whitby’s 41-year-old keeper David Campbell no chance.

At the other end Russ Saunders raced to the edge of his box to superbly block a one-on-one opportunity.

Teague was disappointed to head over with the last chance of the half as the Magpies cruised into the interval.

At the restart Andy Russell replaced birthday boy Tom Williams, who took a hefty knock in the latter stages of the opening 45.

Other than this it was more of the same with Chorley dominating the so far winless Whitby.

Whaley snatched a shot over then at the other end Whitby wasted an opportunity with a free-kick.

Nathan Fairhurst replaced Adam Roscoe in midfield with 66 minutes on the clock.

The Magpies thought they’d netted a second when Maden headed home an Ince corner from 10 yards, but the referee disallowed the goal for climbing.

The ref then penalised Teague for a foul on the keeper despite their being very little contact.

Lee McEvilly replaced Foster up front for the final five and he retained possession well and almost scored a second, but couldn’t direct his header.

Andy Russell ensured the three points returned to Lancashire with an acrobatic goal line clearance and Whitby searched for an equaliser in the final minutes, but the defence otherwise stood firm and Saunders was rarely troubled in goal.

Starting XI: Russell Saunders, Tom Williams, Tom Walker, Andy Teague, Wayne Maden, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Simon Whaley, Steve Foster, Tom Ince

Subs: Lee McEvilly, Andy Russell, Nathan Fairhurst, John Cunliffe, Chris Howarth