Garry’s Magpies get back on track

Chris Simm got the only goal

Chris Simm got the only goal

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Brackley Town 0 Chorley 1

Chorley ended a frustrating run of five games without a win, courtesy of a Chris Simm goal midway through the second half of a low-key Conference North match.

The game was short on goalmouth incidents and clear-cut scoring chances.

It was, however, a very solid performance by a Magpies side showing several enforced changes owing to the absence of Chris Doyle and Josh Hine, both injured, and the suspended Andy Teague.

After withstanding early Chorley pressure, the home side lost veteran Billy Turley after just 17 minutes, the keeper pulling up injured after going to kick clear.

Dean Snedker took over the gloves.

There was little sign of a goal in a quiet first half punctuated by strident – but unsuccessful – Brackley claims for a penalty when Mark Ross appeared to handle following a penetrating home attack.

The decisive goal on 63 minutes was neatly crafted by the Magpies.

Acting-captain Dale Whitham, effective in an emergency right-back role, supplied James Dean down the right and he promptly centred for Simm to loop a header beyond Snedker, scrambling across his line in a vain attempt to save.

Chorley safely repelled late efforts by Brackley to rescue a point and Dean was close to doubling the Magpies’ lead with a clever shot on the turn.

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft was delighted to secure a ‘fully-deserved’ win.

He said: “We played better in the second half against the wind and produced some good stuff on a nice playing surface.

“Defensively we were very solid today and both centre-backs, Ross and Flynn, had very good games.’

The victory completed Chorley’s third league double of the season and keeps them on the fringe of the play-offs places, a position which could be further improved at Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday.

CHORLEY: Ashton, Whitham, Mather, Ross, Flynn, Roscoe, Dean, Winter, Simm (Jarvis,90), Dorney (Almond,65), Cottrell. Subs (not used): Burns, Lynch, Grundy

Attendance: 262

Elsewhere in the Conference North, AFC Fylde won 4-1 at mid- table Leamington thanks to a commanding display and kept the pressure on league-leaders Barrow who also won.

Dan Newton gave the home side an early lead but Danny Rowe levelled, before adding his second at the end of the first half.

Newton was then sent off in first half stoppage time for a stamp and Fylde took advantage in the second period adding goals from Adam Sumner and Richie Allen.