Chorley and Bamber Bridge both win

Two late headers by second-half substitute Jason Walker, gave Chorley victory over a youthful and talented Fleetwood Town.

Sunday, 23rd July 2017, 1:59 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:34 pm
Jason Walker

The Cod Army must have felt hard done by to be beaten after looking comfortable in defending the lead gained shortly after half-time.

However they were undone by the Chorley striker with the the second, in particular, a stunning piece of opportunism.

An open first half saw the outstanding Michael Donohue force home keeper Matt Urwin to tip over a fierce dipping 20-yard drive before Josh O’Keefe missed the Magpies’ best chance of the half when sent clear by Terry Gornell’s clever flick-on.

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The midfielder’s shot beat the advancing keeper but crept past the post. Gornell himself went close just before the interval, skimming a 25-yard snap-shot narrowly wide.

Ashley Nadesan put the visitors ahead on 48 minutes, ghosting through the middle to lift a shot over Urwin, the keeper getting a hand to the ball without being able to keep it out.

As the Magpies struggled to open up a well-organised defence, Fleetwood looked all set to win.

But seven minutes from time Marcus Carver crossed for Walker to score with a firm header in-off the post.

Then on 88 minutes came the superb Walker winner, as he peeled off his marker to meet Carver’s corner with a bullet near-post header.

Donohue almost rescued Fleetwood in added time, his audacious chip from close to the halfway line beating substitute keeper Ritchie Branagan caught way out of his goal only to pass just outside the vacant net.

Bamber Bridge enjoyed a convincing 6-2 win away at Squires Gate.

The goals came from Brad Carsley (2), Regan Linney (2), Michael Potts and Kitt Gregory.