AFC Fylde 0
Tireless workhorse Adam Roscoe was Chorley’s late matchwinner, but it was a thoroughly disciplined team performance which brought the Magpies a hugely important win at AFC Fylde.
Victory lifted the Magpies into sixth spot, a point away from a play-offs, and at the same time deal a hammer-blow to Fylde’s hopes of landing the Premier Division title.
The visitors successfully kept it tight at the back and cashed in on the dismissal of Fylde’s Harry Winter early in the second half to finally gain control and snatch three points in the second minute of added time, courtesy of Roscoe’s bullet header.
It was the first time this season that free-scoring Fylde had failed to find the net in a league match at Kellamergh Park.
When they did look set to maintain their record midway through the second half, Chorley keeper Jack Cudworth denied them with three top-class saves.
Proceedings were relatively quiet in the first half, though Fylde’s James Dean and Paul Jarvis both had shots charged down around the 30-minute mark.
Chorley’s Dale Whitham saw his attempted chip over the keeper clear the bar and Darren Stephenson mis-hit a volley narrowly wide.
Winter’s ill-judged lunge on Andy Teague in the 47th minute earned a red card and Chorley, boosted by the introduction of the crafty John Cunliffe, became more adventurous.
But it took a superb
double save by Cudworth from Dean and Jack Dorney, followed by a full-stretch tip over the bar from a Jarvis free-kick, to keep Chorley on terms.
The Magpies looked increasingly the more likely team to grab a winner late on.
Fylde keeper Ben Hinchcliffe pushed a strong Kiel O’Brien header under the bar, former Manchester United trainee Whitham spurned a clear chance with a close-range header and Andy Russell was desperately unlucky to rattle a post.
Then in stoppage time, Roscoe ghosted in to meet a well-flighted Cunliffe corner with a thumping header and seal a memorable win, much to the raucous delight of the sizeable Chorley contingent in a crowd of 416.
CHORLEY FC: Jack Cudworth, Mark Ross, Andy Russell, Andy Teague, Ceil O’Brien, Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Jamie Vermiglio (Simon Garner, 90), Darren Stephenson, Ashley Parillon (John Cunliffe, 59), Tom Ince (Ahmadi Proya). Subs (not used): Steve Flitcroft, Matt Jansen