Magpies tormented on a day to four-get

James Dean and Jake Cottrell
James Dean and Jake Cottrell
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Chorley had a Bank Holiday Monday to forget as a series of defensive mistakes saw them thumped 4-0 against big spenders Barrow AFC in the Vanarama Conference North.

Barrow took the lead six minutes before half-time through former Football League striker Jason Walker from the penalty spot.

Before half-time, Barrow extended their lead through tricky winger Dan Pilkington.

And in the second half they found two further goals from Izak Reid and Andy Cook.

AndtTo add insult to injury, midfielder Harry Winter will have to serve a further suspension after he was sent off for kicking out.

It was a lively opening at the Furness Building Society Stadium with Chorley’s wide frontmen Darren Stephenson and Chris Almond looking dangerous down their respected wings, while a Kyle Jacobs long throw was cleared off the line by Bluebirds fullback Niall Cowperthwaite.

For Barrow, Alex-Ray Harvey and Pilkington both flashed crosses across the box, while skipper Simon Grand sent a volley inches wide.

Just after the half-hour mark, Barrow should have taken the lead when Cowperthwaite played a inch perfect pass to Walker, but the former York City man dragged his effort well wide of goal.

Walker had another chance minutes later butAdam Dodd was on hand to clear the ball a yard off the line.

Six minutes before the break, Barrow took the lead when a coming together between Tom Smyth and Walker which was adjudged a penalty.

Walker picked himself up to fire the ball home from 12 yards past Sam Ashton.

And the home side doubled their lead two minutes later after when Dodd skewed a clearance and former Chorley man Pilkington pounced on the loose ball and coolly dinked in.

The Magpies started the second half like they had the first, with the wide men pressing the home fullbacks.

But Barrow extended their lead when keeper Tony McMillan punted a long ball forward which was flicked on to Reid who sprinted behind Teague and slotted past Ashton.

Reid then had a goal chalked off for offside, while at the other end it was the same outcome for Smyth who had stepped offside before heading home.

Things got worse for Chorley with 20 minutes left when a swinging cross evaded sub Adam Mather at the back post and Cook lashed the ball in.

Chorley were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Winter, who is due to serve a suspension on Saturday against Brackley, kicked out.


Chorley: Ashton, Jacobs, Dodd (Mather 62), Teague, Smyth, Cottrell, Almond (Dorney 49), Whitham, Winter, Stephenson, Dean. Subs: Jarvis, Roscoe, Lynch