ChorleySpennymoor Town FC
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A lethargic first half display condemned Moors to a third consecutive league defeat against a Chorley side playing their first game in over three weeks.
Two goals in two minutes from Magpies striker Marcus Carver put the home side firmly in control and Moors were unable to recover.
An own goal from Andy Teague threatened to change the course of the game on the hour, but Josh O’Keefe prodded in ten minutes from time to seal the win Matt Jansen’s side.
Jason Ainsley made three changes to the side that lost to Salford at the weekend, with Chris Chantler, Jamie Chandler and Kallum Griffiths replacing Joe Tait, Rob Ramshaw and Matthew Dixon.
The home side were the brighter in the opening exchanges and almost went ahead after five minutes. Josh Wilson collected a driven ball before jinking past a challenge, but his goal bound effort was brilliantly diverted over the bar via a sliding challenge from Kallum Griffiths.
Carver began to pose the Moors defence problems soon after, bursting down the right before skewing a shot wide under pressure from Chris Chantler.
Chorley’s pressure eventually paid off and they took the lead with 18 minutes of the game gone. Adam Blakeman burst forward from left back and chipped a ball through to Carver who buried a low shot past Dan Lowson into the bottom corner.
One became two just a minute later when Carver latched onto a clearance before calmly slotting a shot past the outrushing Lowson.
An instant response was needed, and just minutes after going two behind, only a goal line clearance denied Moors a way back into the contest.
Griffiths whipped a dangerous ball into the box which was only cleared as far as Ryan Hall, but his effort was superbly headed off the line by Matt Challoner.
Alex Newby almost added a third for the home side but he miscued a shot wide following a knockdown from Carver.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first as the hosts continued to create problems for Moors, but it wasn’t long until the pattern of play started to shift.
A spell of pressure ended with Andrew Johnson’s cross being turned past his own keeper by Teague, and suddenly, there was a sense of tension inside the stadium with thirty minutes still to play.
Moors were the more dominant team in the twenty minutes after they clawed their way back into contention, but they struggled to create clear cut openings, with Mark Anderson’s sweet volley the closest they came to equalising.
With time running out, it was the home side who sealed the points against the run of play. Alex Newby skipped by Chantler before squaring to the onrushing Josh O’Keefe who side footed the killer goal into the bottom corner.
That spelled the end of Moors’ aspiring comeback, meaning it’s now three consecutive losses in the league for Jason Ainsley’s side.
Leamington visit The Brewery Field on Thursday night as Moors look for a first win in all competitions since February 6th.
|20th March 2018||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium|
|84 Duke St, Chorley PR7 3DT, UK|