Nat’s the way to do it as Boro are battered

Natalie Parry scores
Natalie Parry scores

Table-toppers Chorley maintained their position at the head of Northern Division One with a 6-3 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Chorley looked in a determined mood from the off and took a fifth-minute lead when Natalie Parry slotted home.

Middlesbrough responded strongly, being the better team for the first 30 minutes, and deservedly equalised.

However, poor defending from Middlesbrough then allowed Sam Cadwallader to dribble her way through and slot past the keeper to put Chorley ahead again.

And with the last kick of the half, an inch-perfect free-kick from Parry handed Chorley a 3-1 lead.

As expecte, Middlesbrough came out after the break strongly.

But the hosts remained resiliant and extended their lead through Vicky Coope after an accurate cross from Scarlett Smith.

Chorley now looked confident and soon after, good passing between Cadwallader and Coope found Parry, who side-footed home for her hat-trick.

Chorley were guilty of complacency towards the end and conceeded two goals from set-pieces in the final 10 minutes.

But Smith settled any nerves by curling the ball around the away keeper to round off Chorley’s victory.