Evostik Premier Division North
Rushall Olympic 1 Chorley 0
THE tables were turned on Saturday as Rushall gained revenge for the 1-0 defeat at Victory Park earlier this season.
One goal was all that separated the two sides and the hosts will be happy with the result after withstanding a frantic final 15 minutes and barrage of attacks by Chorley.
A mistake by full-back Tom Walker gave Olympic’s Ahmed Obeng a chance to fire the hosts aheadon 23 minutes.
Despite a frontline boasting ex-Blackburn Rovers frontman Matt Jansen and leading scorer Steve Foster, the Magpies failed to find the back of the net.
Garry Flitcroft’s side upped the tempo in search of an equaliser and substitute Chris Denham had a strong shot well held by keeper Chris Gemmell.
He did even better minutes later to keep out a stinging low drive from Steve Foster at full stretch.
Rushall were increasingly penned in and around their own penalty area as the blockade intensified in the final quarter-hour.
Gemmell held a Foster rocket towards goal and then was beaten by the same player’s cross-shot which flew just beyond the far post.
Adam Roscoe saw a blockbuster cleared off the line and then, following a corner, Tom Ince and Roscoe both had shots blocked.
As the match moved into added time, Ince teed up Andy Russell whose powerful header cannoned out off the bar and Jamie Vermiglio was the next Chorley player to see a piledriver blocked by a defender on the line.
It was an eventful end to the game with some fireworks as Dale Whitham was red-carded for a second outburst towards the referee.
In added on time, Roscoe missed a late chance to grab an equaliser but he fired over the bar.
Chorley: Russ Saunders, Mark Ross, Tom Walker (Ali Brown 74), Andy Teague (capt), Andy Russell, Matt Walwyn (Dale Whitham 61), Adam Roscoe, Jamie Vermgilio, Matt Jansen (Chris Denham 50), Steve Foster and Tom Ince.
Subs: Wayne Maden, Simon Whaley