Victory Joy

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'GOAL. 1-0'Chris Denham opens the scoring for Chorley against North Ferriby United at Victory Park
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'GOAL. 1-0'Chris Denham opens the scoring for Chorley against North Ferriby United at Victory Park

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Chris Denham scored after 12 minutes to put the Magpies in front before Matt Walwyn wrapped up the points with the luckiest goal he will probably ever score!

There was a carnival atmosphere ahead of the kick-off, boosted by the presence of around 150 Blackburn supporters, and a TV camera to boot!

the game started slowly with no player from either side showing any creative spark.

Chorley skipper Andy Teague had to make a crucial block to prevent the visitors from taking the lead, while kicking towards the Duke Street terrace Steve Foster shot across goal and wide for Chorley.

Foster and Denham were persistent menaces up front for Chorley and Foster was unlucky to see the ball fly over the top of the bar under pressure from the North Ferriby defence after a pin-point low cross from John Cunliffe, starting a league game for the first time this season on the left-wing.

Still, it did not take long for the deadlock to be broken as a result of the best move of the game.

Denham cut in off the right-wing, exchanged passes with Foster before beating Steve Wilson with a finish of the highest quality, to the delight of Rovers and Chorley supporters alike.

Just two minutes after this Denham’s perfect touch and left-foot shot from the edge of the area were reminiscent of a forward returning to his very best form.

The hosts were clearly the better team, with their dominance in possession evident, but the final ball was simply not quite there.

On numerous occasions the stripes worked good openings before seeing the final ball intercepted.

After the half-time break it was the same story, with Chorley’s final ball not finding the attackers in the centre. Matt Walwyn was brought on for Cunliffe, but he could not rectify the problem.

North Ferriby once again conceded the majority of possession, although they were gifted with a glorious opportunity to draw level.

Keeper Russ Saunders’ punch after a left-wing corner landed at the feet of a North Ferriby attacker who somehow skied his effort into Chorley town centre instead of into the net!

The Magpies’ victory was sealed in injury-time on the counter-attack in most bizarre circumstances as North Ferriby committed more players to attack. Substitute Ahmadi Porya broke down the left-wing with Matt Walwyn in support.

Porya tried to square the ball to his team-mate, but a North Ferriby defender cut it out.

Dismayed, the supporters turned away in disappointment, only to see, to their amazement, that the clearance had rebounded off Matt Walwyn and trickled into the net, beating the despairing dive of Steve Wilson to make it 2-0, and clinch back-to-back victories, plus their second home clean-sheet in three games.

Chorley: Saunders; Brown, Maden, Teague, Ince; Roscoe, Vermiglio, Flitcroft, Cunliffe (Walwyn); Foster (Porya), Denham

Man-of-the-Match: Chris Denham: Enjoying his best run of form this season, with a fine goal capping a brilliant display by the frontman.