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Matt Walwyn on the attack for Chorley against Ashton United
Matt Walwyn on the attack for Chorley against Ashton United

Chorley..............................2

Ashton United....................2

The Magpies were cruelly denied a second home win in a week on Saturday, as Ashton United snatched a dramatic injury-time equaliser.

It was an unfair return for Garry Flitcroft’s men, who controlled the encounter for long periods.

The Magpies dominated possession for the whole game against an Ashton side which had leaked 11 goals in their previous two fixtures.

Chorley’s line-up included new signing Matty Walwyn, who was snapped up midweek from Skelmersdale United.

The left-winger had been in top form at the start of the season in the Evo-Stik Division 1 North, netting 11 goals in just seven starts.

Indeed, it was Walwyn who had the first opportunity, curling a shot just wide of the far post after beating a defender.

Ashton’s defence did not look strong, with Wayne Maden heading over from a corner when completely unmarked.

However, it wasn’t much longer before Chorley took the lead, with red-hot striker Steve Foster netting his eighth goal of the season with a neat little finish with just eight minutes on the clock.

The Victory Park faithful would have been forgiven for predicting a goal feast, as Ashton did not look to have any answer to Chorley’s attacking options.

Dale Whitham was the next Chorley player to go close, volleying wide from 30 yards.

Full-back Ali Brown drove one wide from distance, Walwyn, who looked a constant threat, headed just over and Maden again went close from a set-piece.

With 34 minutes on the clock, Ashton made the Magpies pay for their missed chances, with Peter Wright equalising from close-range.

This undeserved goal, which had come completely against the run of play, seemed to spur the visitors on and they enjoyed far more possession towards the end of the half.

The second half started sluggishly, with the football far less fluent. However, a stunning individual debut strike from Walwyn put Chorley back in front, to the delight of the home fans.

The former AFC Fylde and Skelmersdale winger beat two players before slamming it home powerfully with his left-foot, making an immediate impact in the black-and-white colours of Chorley.

Ashton pressed forward, desperate for a point, but the football remained less than fluent. A superb stop from Russ Saunders denied Ashton a leveller but but he was powerless to stop Matthew Kosylo firing home in injury time to earn the visitors an undeserved yet vital point.

Chorley (4-4-2): Saunders; Brown, Maden, Russell, Ince; Whitham, Vermiglio, Flitcroft (Williams), Walwyn; Roscoe (Whaley), Foster (Jansen)