Away-day delight for Magpies

James Dean (left) was on target for Chorley against Colwyn Bay
James Dean (left) was on target for Chorley against Colwyn Bay
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Chorley registered their first victory of the Conference North season with a deserved 2-0 victory against Colwyn Bay.

Striker James Dean gave the Magpies the lead from the penalty spot late in the first half, and Chorley doubled their lead in the second half through Paul Jarvis.

Dean had headed over from six yards as Chorley looked the better side in the opening stages.

But former Colwyn Bay centre-half Tom Smyth needed to produce an excellent tackle to deny home skipper Marc Williams as Frank Sinclair’s side looked to gain a foothold.

Half way into the half and Chorley registered their first meaningful attack on goal, a ball was whipped into the area which was met by the head of Teague, however the outstretched arm of Ollerenshaw ensured the ball would be tipped over for a corner.

Dean then fired straight at Josh Ollerenshaw when he should have done better, while at the other end, Jake Hodgson latched onto a through ball and from 10 yards and produced a fine save from Sam Ashton diving to his left.

Chorley made the breakthrough eight minutes before half-time when Chris Almond broke the back line and as he contested an aerial ball, Ollerenshaw rushed off his line and clattered into the Chorley forward to concede a penalty.

Up stepped Dean who made no mistake to score his second spot-kick in as many games.

Chorley almost doubled their lead in the opening stages of the second half but Adam Roscoe’s header rebounded back of the crossbar.

And with 20 minutes remaining, the Magpies did find a second goal.

Almond held up the ball down the left-hand side and laid the ball off for Adam Dodd who whipped in a pinpoint cross which was met by the unmarked Jarvis, whose header nestled into the right-hand corner of the net.

Substitute Jack Lynch, who played in the Football League for Carlisle last season, looked impressive for Chorley after replacing Roscoe in midfield.

Chorley: Ashton, Ross, Dodd, Teague, Smyth, Cottrell, Almond (Mather 85), Whitham, Dean (Jansen 88), Roscoe (Lynch 63), Jarvis. Subs not used: Esdaille-Binney, Grundy

Elsewhere, AFC Fylde failed to build on their opening-day success against Brackley Town as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Stalybridge Celtic last night.

All the goals were scored in a terrible six minute period for the Coasters midway through the second half, with Ben McKenna, Aidan Chippendale and Liam Dickinson netting.