North Ferriby United 4-0 Chorley

North Ferriby United vs. Chorley
North Ferriby United vs. Chorley
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North Ferriby United inflicted a second consecutive National League North defeat on Matt Jansen’s Chorley.

The Magpies were second best throughout the 90 minutes and the Villagers were worthy winners.

They opened the scoring in 37th minute, Jack Bateson getting the better of Mark Ross before finishing well.

Bateson scored his and Ferriby’s second eight minutes before the final whistle.

haHe then completed his hat-trick two minutes later after taking advantage of a Sam Ashton error.

Tom Denton completed the scoring in the 86th minute with a well directed header.

It could have been a lot worse for the Magpies but they had Ashton to thank who made a number of saves throughout the 90 minutes.

Ashton was called into action early in the game, the Chorley goalkeeper twice denying Liam King from inside the box after the Ferriby skipper beat the Magpies’ offiside trap.

Denton and Nathan Hotte were looking lively for the hosts and it took a while for Chorley to settle.

Dale Whitham had Chorley’s first effort, the stand-in skipper nestling a free-kick into the side netting.

The visitors started to come into the game, Accrington Stanley loanee Marcus Carver was causing problems with his pace as was Darren Stephenson.

A well worked free-kick should have seen the Magpies take the lead but Carver could only shoot tamely at Adam Nicklin after latching onto Sam Sheridan’s low cross.

Straight up at the other end, Ferriby had a chance of their own as Ryan Kendall’s volleyed effort was deflected agonisingly wide with Ashton well beaten.

Kendall had his second chance of the game in the 25th minute, but his shot from an acute angle went wide of the far post.

Ferriby were causing plenty of problems and on the half hour they should have taken the lead, Bateson looped a cross over Ashton, with the goal at his mercy Denton stretched out his leg but he somehow flicked the ball wide from one yard out.

Eight minutes before the interval, Ferriby’s pressure told as they took a deserved lead.

Bateson nutmegged Ross, the tricky winger raced into penalty box before lashing a shot into the top corner with his right foot.

The home side made a fast start after the break and Kendall, who missed two chances in the first half, was again thwarted by Ashton.

Shortly after Ashton pulled off another tremendous save to deny Bateson at the near post after the winger again got the better of Ross.

The Magpies should have been level in the 65th minute.

Jarvis whipped in a cross, unmarked was Dean but his scuffed header went well wide.

Carver saw two headers comfortably saved by Nicklin whilst at the other end, Kendall blazed wide with his weaker left foot.

With Chorley searching for an equaliser, the Villagers put the game to bed scoring three goals in six minutes.

Bateson, who caused problems all evening, lashed a shot in the bottom right corner to double the hosts’ advantage in the 82nd minute.

The former Scunthorpe United man sealed his hat-trick two minutes later, Ashton raced out his area to clear the ball, the Chorley ‘keeper’s header rebounded off Bateson and the Ferriby winger was left with a simple tap in.

In the 86th minute, the scoring was complete as Denton rose above his marker to bullet a header past Ashton from a Middleton cross.

Substitute Danny Emerton should have added a fifth in the final minute of the game but he could only blaze over when one-on-one with Ashton.

Chorley: Ashton, Ross, Jarvis, Flynn, Charnock, Roscoe, Sheridan (Hine 45), Whitham (c), Dean (Guy 71), Carver, Stephenson,

Subs not used: Almond, Burns, Dodd

Attendance: 335

Referee: Billy Khatib (Durham)