Burns’ strike settles seven-goal thriller

Aaron Burns was Chorley's hero at North Ferriby (Photo: Josh Vosper)
Aaron Burns was Chorley's hero at North Ferriby (Photo: Josh Vosper)
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Garry Flitcroft’s buoyant Magpies gate-crashed North Ferriby’s FA Trophy-winning celebration party.

They came from behind twice to edge an enthralling match and extend their winning run to five.

The result maintained third-placed Chorley’s three-point advantage over Guiseley in fourth in the Conference North.

And with the other two play-offs contenders, Boston and Tamworth, dropping points, the Magpies’ own promotion hopes received a major boost.

Chorley struggled to hold a lively North Ferriby in the opening period.

They fell behind on seven minutes when Wembley stars Jason St Juste and two-goal hero Ryan Kendall combined, the former crossing for the latter to score at the far post.

A goalline clearance by Adam Roscoe prevented St Juste adding a second, before Chorley levelled after 26 minutes.

Harry Winter played in Josh Hine, whose cross went across the goalmouth and Winter himself anticipated smartly to poke the ball into the net.

North Ferriby, however, regained the lead on 38 minutes, Tom Denton rising above the defence to convert a corner with a well-placed downward header.

Chorley later had a real escape when Kendall was given a free shot at goal but allowed Sam Ashton to save with his legs.

The Magpies began to take control of the second half and should have equalised on the hour from a penalty awarded for pushing.

But Aaron Burns’ spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Jonathan Hedge at the expense of a corner.

But North Ferriby’s reprieve was short-lived as from Dale Whitham’s well-flighted flag-kick Matt Flynn – on for the injured Chris Doyle – got in a brave header which flashed into the top corner.

Five minutes later Chorley were in front for the first time.

Clever hold-up play by Burns set up the outstanding Roscoe for a fizzing finish which comprehensively beat Hedge.

This see-saw game changed yet again after 71 minutes.

Andy Teague was penalised for a foul in the box and Liam King restored parity at 3-3 from the spot.

Neither side was prepared to settle for a point and, with six minutes to go, Burns sent the 200 or so vocal Chorley fans wild with delight.

Following a neat build-up, Burns expertly controlled the ball before firing emphatically past Hedge.

“A massive result,” was Flitcroft’s summing-up of an incredible contest.

“We were brilliant in the second half.

“There is great momentum at the club right now and the team are showing tremendous guts in winning big games.”

CHORLEY: Ashton, Ross, Jarvis, Teague, Doyle (Flynn, 36), Roscoe (Almond,87), Hine, Whitham (Cottrell,61), Burns, Winter, Dorney. Unused subs. Dodd, Lynch.

Attendance: 705.

AFC Fylde’s game at Bradford Park Avenue was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.