For those who don’t know me I’m the chap who has his camera firmly attached to his face at every Chorley game. Or in the club with a pint firmly attached to my hand.
This week Chorley FC have been all over the press, for the wrong reasons. As with everything money has been the hot topic of discussion. Financial irregularities by club officials are under police investigation and the fans are in disarray. Needless to say this is not what non-league football is about. Sooner rather later the truth will come out as we help to assure of beloved club goes back in the black. This is when supporters can play such a pivotal role. We need to raise funds to ensure the continued success of the football club and get behind Flitcroft and the boys in achieving more triumphs.
Looking back at matters on the pitch and September has been a hectic month for the Magpies. Eight games with two in the cup took place with Whitby Town being our first encounter away from home. A trademark chip from Steve Foster was enough to seal three points as supporters went home happy and back to Scarborough on the lash. On the Tuesday it was a first against second encounter as we hosted promotion favourites Northwich Victoria. On this cold and wet evening the weather was the only winner, blowing in gales and breezes as we shared the spoils in a goal less draw. Then was the eagerly anticipated home fixture against FC United of Manchester. Chorley dominated from start to finish and took the lead thanks to a Lee McEvilly penalty. The absent of away fans was apparent as the away team looked average at best with no support. Straight into the second half and Andrew Teague slotted home to bag the second a seal all three points for the Magpies. Steve Flitcroft was also unlucky to see a red card but his opponent Ben Deegan was not after his crude lunge on goal-scorer Teague. Burscough was the next team to face on our travels and we didn’t disappoint. A nervy first half but one in which Adam Roscoe headed home to give us a one-goal advantage. The second period was much more free-flowing and easy for the Magpies. Roscoe scored another goal with Simon Whaley and Tom Ince chipping in as we eventually won 4-1. The FA Cup would be the next tough test for Chorley as an away game to last year’s promotion rivals AFC Fylde took place. A Tom Ince goal was not enough as the hosts equalised to provide a relay on Tuesday night. The visitors were much the better team at Victory Park and deserved all three points to knock Chorley out at the first hurdle of the cup once again. The last home game of the month would be the visit of Worksop Town. Dale Whitham was the first to score for the Magpies but Worksop equalised to send them in all square at the break. The second half Chorley opened them up to carve another three goals thanks to Whitham again, Whaley and Williams and seal a well deserved three points. The last game of the month would be away to Chester FC. Much hype and talk was dished out before the match, unfortunately Chorley rolled over and never got into the game. A 3-0 defeat was lucky in truth, as it could have been much more if not for player of the month Russ Saunders and his goalkeeping heroics.
As we move into October a last minute goal from Shelton Payne was enough to seal a lucky 2-1 win at home to Burscough. With Chorley now top of the league again things are looking promising, especially if they can get a result away at Matlock Town tomorrow and have another good month. Come on you Magpies!