Errors cost Magpies dear admits Flitcroft

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft

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Chorley suffered a 3-1 Conference North setback at the hands of in-form Solihull Moors which left manager Garry Flitcroft counting the cost of “individual errors”.

The Magpies started well and took a 13th-minute lead when James Dean bagged his tenth goal of the season.

But a lapse by keeper Sam Ashton seven minutes later let the Moors back into the game and the home side received a big psychological boost when Omar Bogle put them in front seconds before the break.

“We had several good chances and should have got something out of the game,” said Flitcroft.

“With better decision-making, we could have scored at least two more goals.

“Individual errors at important points in the game have cost us today, because I thought we were the better side for a good part of the match.”

There was an early scare for Chorley when a cross bounced off the bar and Bogle volleyed wastefully over.

But the Magpies were soon creating chances. Keeper Tony Breeden made a good save from a deflected Josh Hine shot, then Dean failed to get enough on an attempted lob which the keeper palmed for a corner.

However, Dean did much better on 13 minutes when Adam Mather’s lofted pass allowed him to clip the ball over the exposed Breeden.

Seven minutes late,r Ashton in the Chorley goal flapped at a teasing free-kick and Liam Daly nodded the ball down for Robert Elvins to stroke it into an empty net.

Half-chances were the most either side could muster and it looked as if the teams would be level at the interval until, in added time, a well-worked corner routine saw a deep cross headed back across goal for Bogle to nod Solihull in front from close range.

Chorley worked hard to get back on terms after the break but fell further behind on 64 minutes.

Hine was penalised for handball just outside the box and Darryl Knights whipped a sumptuous free-kick over the defensive wall into the corner of the net beyond the reach of the stranded Ashton.

Hine had the best chance to pull a goal back quickly for the Magpies but shot straight at Breeden.

Not for the first time this season on their travels, Chorley failed to reproduce their impressive home form which they will need to quickly rediscover if they are to overcome FC Halifax in Saturday’s big FA Cup clash.