Third-placed Chorley made up ground on second-placed Darlington at the Martin & Co Arena thanks to a 2-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity. It was by no means an uneventful contest on Trinity’s part, with Dom Roma’s men very much matching the Magpies throughout. Things could have been different, however, if Marcus Carver’s 45-yard lob had successfully caught George Willis off his line after the 'keeper had raced out of his goal but failed to beat Carver to the ball. He was spared his blushes once the effort landed on the roof of the net.
The Blues put some of the fear factor into the visitors themselves when loan starlet Matty Templeton continued to impress with a centre that Jordan Thewlis struggled keep down. The forward directing his header onto the Chorley bar instead of the back of the net. The talking point of the game was an altercation between all 21 players on the pitch, rather than the football itself. It all stemmed from a two-footed challenge committed by Chorley full back, Adam Blakeman on Trinity’s Jordan Thewlis. There were cries of ‘off’ from the fans and a particularly heated exchange between Nathan Jarman and Dale Whitham resulting in a yellow card a piece for the two skippers.
Jarman was at the heart of the action once again the other side of the interval when Trinity’s number 10 tried something new with a free-kick. The set-piece was floated over the wall rather than drilled low and required a Shaun Rowley palm to push it to safety. Trinity had another chance from the follow-up corner but Jake Picton was denied – not for the first time that afternoon – by a deflection.
Chorley’s clinical finishing since the start of the season was evident once again when Dale Whitham’s speedy reaction time allowed him to gobble up the rebound from an initially blocked shot, with shot-stopper Willis on the deck, in an attempt to deny the first effort.
Substitute Alex Samizadeh put the final nail in the coffin when he showed why he is so highly rated at Bolton Wanderers. After bringing the ball under his spell, the youngster took aim and couldn’t have placed his shot further into the corner at Willis’ far post. The booking he received for his celebration failed to dampen his spirits once the striker had rejoiced in netting on debut. Full-time, Gainsborough Trinity 0, Chorley FC 2.
George Willis, Jake Picton, Josh Lacey (Reece Hands 85) Matt Thornhill, Adam Quinn, Matt Wilson, Jordan Thewlis, Alex Wiles, Ashley Worsfold (James Reid 71) Nathan Jarman, Matthew Templeton. Subs not used: Dominic Roma, Bradley Beatson and Ioan Evans
Shaun Rowley, Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman (Will Beesley 89), Nathan Sheron, Stephen Jordan, Adam Roscoe, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jason Walker (Alex Samizadah 80), Jake Cottrell. Subs not used: Josh O’Keefe, Waqas Azam and Dan Cowan
Goals: Whitham (74), Samizadah (83)
Referee: Mr Kevin Sarsfield
Photos by John Rudkin (johnrudkin999) - Gainsborough Trinity Official Photographer
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