Town Dig-ie deep to claim away day point

James Dean just misses the target at Victory Park
James Dean just misses the target at Victory Park
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Chorley were forced to settle for a point against Hednesford Town after conceding late on at Victory Park.

With 10 minutes remaining, it looked as if the Magpies would be taking all three points as Josh Hine fired them infront.

But in the 85th minute, Hednesford full-back Kennedy Digie broke Chorley hearts heading in from close range.

Chorley had overcome a deficit to take the lead, Adam Thomas breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute.

The sides were level in the 79th minute, substitute Marcus Carver tapping into an empty net after goalkeeper Lloyd Ransome collided with a team-mate when claiming a catch.

Hine put Chorley in front one minute later but Digie’s late strike sealed an away day point for Town.

Chorley now sit 10th in the National League North table.

After a quiet start to the game, it was the hosts who had the first chance on goal in the 14th minute.

Darren Stephenson laid the ball off to James Dean but his goalbound shot was accidentally deflected over by his team-mate.

The hosts looked the more threatening in the final third as Stephenson and Josh Hine got in behind their markers.

But they failed to find a breakthrough as several crosses flash across the face of goal.

At the other end, Andy Teague and Kieran Charnock were rarely tested as Hednesford lacked quality up


Just before the half hour, Chorley had their best chance of the game, Andy Bond whipped in a pin point cross for Dean but the front-man’s bullet header narrowly went over.

Chorley started to up the ante and they had plenty of success down the wings.

After hitting Hednesford on the break, Hine’s cross from the right was fired wide by Harry Winter on the edge of the box in the 36th minute.

Three minutes later and Chorley should have taken the lead, the ball fell to Stephenson in the box but after twisting and turning he was denied by Lloyd Ransome’s legs.

Matt Regan tested Sam Ashton from a distance after weaving his way up the pitch from left back.

The start to the second half lacked any real tempo and the game was a scrappy affair.

Both teams were struggled to retain possession and no efforts were registered on goal.

Just after the hour, the visitors, with their first chance of the half broke the deadlock.

Andy Todd crossed from the left wing and rising above his marker was Thomas who headed in from six yards despite the best efforts of Ashton to keep the ball out.

The Magpies should have been on level terms in the 75th minute, substitute Carver crossed for Hine but the Chorley forward’s header went into the side netting.

Chorley did however equalise five minutes later in fortunate circumstances.

A long ball was sent forward, Ransome came rushing out of his goal to claim the ball, the Hednesford ‘keeper collided with Tyrone Williams leaving a simple tap in for


From the restart Chorley went on the attack and one minute later they turned the game on its head.

Stephenson, who caused problems down the left all game, weaved his into the area and his cross was headed home by Hine on the line.

But Chorley were not in front for long as the visitors drew level with five minutes remaining.

Hednesford were awarded a generous free-kick on the left touch line, Tom Thorley sent in a searching cross and heading in was Digie.

Chorley: Ashton, Ross, Jarvis, Teague (c), Charnock (Doyle 54), Cottrell, Hine, Winter (Carver 66), Dean, Bond, Stephenson

Subs not used: Guy, Lynch, Dodd

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 1057