Magpies made to suffer by Clayton

Chorley manager Matt Jansen saw his side beaten
Chorley manager Matt Jansen saw his side beaten
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Chorley 0 Harrogate Town 1

The Magpies went down to a Paul Clayton strike in their National League North clash with Harrogate Town, their second home defeat of the fledgling season.

The early exchanges saw both sides struggle to make inroads until an acrobatic Clayton effort was off target for the visitors.

At the other end, Josh Hine nodded over the top and Andy Bond fired high as Chorley searched for a way through.

When the deadlock was finally broken, though, it was Town who got the goal seven minutes before the interval.

Cecil Nyoni’s header set up Clayton and his finish was clinical, beating Sam Ashton in the Chorley goal.

It might have been worse for Chorley but Ashton saved a tame effort from Dominic Knowles.

After the break, the Magpies laboured to find an equaliser, though James Dean should have at least got a shot away when the chance arose in the box.

Then Hine fired over after Dale Whitham’s corner was headed back by Keiran Charnock.

Chris Doyle brought the best out of Peter Crook in the Harrogate goal, with a fine header from Marcus Carver’s cross.

Paul Jarvis was off target with a long-range effort and it seemed only a matter of time before Chorley would get themselves back on level terms.

But Bond missed the target with another free-kick as the frustration continued.

At the other end, Clayton saw his shot deflected off Jarvis and Ashton made the save to keep the deficit down to a single goal.

Chorley boss Matt Jansen threw on subs Marcus Carver and then Lewis Guy in an effort to salvage at least a point from the game. But it was a day when Chorley’s luck was out.

The Magpies were denied a penalty claim when Charnock went down in the box.

And Carver went close when he connected with a Whitham corner but was wide of the target.

CHORLEY: Ashton, Ross, Jarvis, Doyle, Charnock, Cottrell (Carver 68), Hine, Whitham, Dean (Guy 81), Bond, Stephenson.

Attendance: 1,033