Trophy run continues thanks to Hine sight

Chorley players celebrate after Josh Hine scores
Chorley players celebrate after Josh Hine scores
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Chorley marched on in the FA Trophy after a battling performance at Soham Town Rangers.

Fresh off the back of being named Evo-Stik League Premier Division Team of the Month, two goals from Josh Hine sealed a 2-1 victory for the Magpies against their Ryman League Division One


Chorley now take on Matlock Town for a place in the first round proper along with the additional bonus of £4,000 up for grabs.

After travelling down to Cambridgeshire the night before, the Magpies didn’t have the best of starts as 15minutes prior to kick off, skipper Andy Teague had to withdraw from the side due to illness.

But an able replacement in Mark Ross stepped up from the bench to deputise at centre-half.

Jamie Vermiglio was handed the captain’s armband and again proved his worth to the team putting in an excellent performance in the centre of midfield.

On arrival at the gound, it was obvious that the weather would dictate with a strong blustery wind blowing across the pitch.

The Magpies won the toss and switched ends to take advantage of the windy


From the start, Chorley dominated Soham with the midfield feeding James Dean and Darren Stephenson with some excellent balls.

But unfortunately, the surface the wet surface started to dictate with the ball zipping out into touch.

However, after 13 minutes, Chorley were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area.

Fresh from his goal on Tuesday night against Trafford, Keiran Walmsley stepped up and curled his shot over the wall and only a spectacular save from the goalkeeper ensured the game stayed level at 0-0.

But minutes later, the conditions told again and a sloppy clearance from the goalkeeper was pounced upon by Dean and he sent Hine through who nutmegged the defender and slotted home to give Chorley a deserved 1-0 lead.

The bobbly pitch dictated most of the play with the usual fluent Chorley passing game occasionally becoming unstuck.

Five minutes before half-time, Soham pushed men forward and attacked the Chorley defence.

And after a scramble in the six-yard box, the ball fell to central defender Jordan Gent, who made no mistake in putting the ball in the back of the net.

Not to be deterred by the undeserved equaliser, Chorley continued to press hard in the second half despite being against the wind.

Yet more excellent passing from the Magpies saw the ball make its way to Hine but his header cannoned off the inside of the post and agonisingly rolled along the line but the ball just wouldn’t sneak over.

sAnd it was another ball to Hine that brought about the penalty.

The striker moved away from goal and he was unfairly clattered by the Soham goalkeeper.

With assistance from his linesman, the referee pointed to the spot.

Hine stepped up himself to take the spot kick and he smashed the ball into the bottom corner leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

As time passed in the game, the home side started to press the Chorley midfield and defence and caused problems.

Simon Wiles was brought on and replaced Stephenson and Wiles, full of confidence after a wonder strike against Trafford, danced through the Soham defence only to be hacked down on the edge of the penalty area.

The sides entered injury time to see seven minutes had been added on, leaving the crowd wondering how the officials came to that large amount.

Chorley could have made it three but Hine’s ball to Brandon Zibaka was adjudged to have left the field of play.

Finally, the referee blew up and Chorley now take their place in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.

Chorley: Ashton, Wamsley, Ross, O’Brien, Mather, Cottrell, Vermiglio (c) (Zibaka, 90), Roscoe, Hine, Stephenson (Wiles,84) , Dean. Subs not used: Grundy (gk), Teague, Meaney