Stockport 1, Chorley 3

Mark Ross
Mark Ross

There can be no team Chorley like to play more than Stockport County.

The Magpies fully deserved to make it four out of four against the Hatters since the two clubs arrived together in National League North thanks to an excellent 3-1 victory.

County’s goals was decribed by one supporter as the first goal against Chorley for 116 years!

The hosts shaded a lively end-to-end first half but Chorley so completely dominated the second period that the Edgeley Park faithful in a superb crowd of 3,408 were streaming for the exits before the finish.

County were in overdrive from the start and Sam Ashton denied Micah Evans from the game’s first clear chance. The home side threatened with pace down the flanks and some sustained possession but the Chorley defence held firm. Josh Hine had a great chance to put the Magpies in front after intercepting a poor defensive header but saw his shot well saved at the near post. Minutes later, Kaye Odejayi missed badly for County.

It was Chorley who went ahead on 39 minutes, the rain-sodden surface contributing as Jake Cottrell’s speculative 30-yarder which skidded under keeper Ian Ormson. The lead lasted just two minutes, Jake Kirby producing a stunning equaliser with a cracking rising shot on the turn from just outside the box.

Chorley immediately seized control on the restart and Andy Bond coolly lifted the ball over Ormson only to see Paul Connolly rescue the Hatters with a magnificent goal-line clearance. But the marauding Magpies were not to be denied and regained the lead in the 53rd minute. Ormson could not collect an under-hit back pass and the alert Darren Stephenson rounded the keeper to score.

It got even better for Chorley when from a classic counter-attack on 63 minutes Hine burst through to steer a fine shot past an exposed Ormson. And it could easily have been four as substitute James Dean whipped in a fierce shot but Ormson spread himself well to save with his legs.

County’s misery was complete five minutes from time when Lewis Montrose was red carded for a reckless challenge on Mark Ross.

CHORLEY : Ashton, Ross, Cartwright, Doyle, Charnock, Cottrell, Hine, Whitham, Carver (Dean,76), Bond (Lynch,90+1), Stephenson (Rittenberg,86). Unused subs. Jarvis, Roscoe.