Darren dazzles County

Darren Stephenson scored twice for the Magpies
Darren Stephenson scored twice for the Magpies
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Chorley recorded their first win in three Conference North games as they made light work of Stockport.

A terrific second-half display sealed the three points for the Magpies as Darren Stephenson bagged himself a double while Adam Roscoe also got on the scoresheet.

The sides were evenly matched in the first half with both keepers having little to do, but in front of a vocal crowd of 1,663, Chorley turned on the style after the break to propels them up to fourth in the table.

It was a tentative start by both sides on a crisp night and Chorley were dealt a blow in the sixth minute when centre-half Tom Smyth’s night ended due to a hamstring injury.

His replacement Harry Winter almost made an instant impact by playing through Stephenson but the latter’s cross was blocked for a corner.

The Hatters failed to test Aaron Grundy early on as Danny Gregson headed well wide when unmarked.

Ten minutes before the break, Stephenson saw his goalbound chip deflected just the wrong side of the bar.

One minute before the break, Stockport again had an excellent chance to take the lead as Ross mis-timed a clearance which fell to Scott Spencer but he could only volley wide from 15 yards.

In the second half, substitute Kristian Dennis volleyed over for Stockport while Winter skewed an effort well wide.

The Magpies had a penalty turned down just after the hour mark as Stephenson’s shot struck the hand of Glenn Belezika but referee Dave Richardson awarded a corner.

But from that corner, Roscoe found space in the area and superbly headedpast Ian Ormson to give Chorley the lead.

With just over 15 minutes left, Simm flicked on a cross which found its way to Stephenson and from 12 yards his shot beat Ormson.

Winter then found Stephenson down the left who crossed well but Chris Simm

shot wide from two yards.

With only seconds left, Stephenson headed over the onrushing Ormson and tap[ed home into an empty net to complete the Chorley win.

Chorley: Grundy, Ross, Mather, Doyle, Smyth (Winter 9), Hine (Almond 73), Stephenson, Cottrell, Whitham, Simm, Roscoe (Lynch 71). Subs not used: Jarvis, Mulholland

Attendance: 1,663 (553 away fans