Magpies aiming to finish the job off

Adam Mather
Adam Mather
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The FA Trophy dream lives on for Garry Flitcroft’s heroic Magpies, who fully deserved their place in today’s quarter-final draw after another performance full of character against Conference Premier opponents.

Chorley’s incessantly vocal travelling support, numbering a truly remarkable 507 in a crowd of 1,209, all but silenced the Lambs’ fans.

And the Northern Premier League title chasers would not have been flattered by victory.

“We could have won at the first time of asking,” said a proud Flitcroft. “The chances were there if we could have taken them.

“From back to front we were superb. The support from our fans here has been amazing and I think with a thousand-plus behind us tomorrow night, we can finish the job.”

Chorley’s dynamic approach clearly rattled their hosts who had four players cautioned in a hectic encounter.

Tamworth started confidently but it was their goal which had the first escape, Andy Teague rattling the right-hand post following a long throw-in.

Chorley were again close to opening the scoring on the half-hour, Adam Roscoe seeing his far-post header from a corner scooped off the line.

It was no more than Chorley deserved when they seized the lead on 52 minutes with a goal of classic simplicity.

James Dean won an aerial duel 40 yards out and from his headed flick-on, Adam Mather raced through on the left and calmly drilled a superb low drive into the far corner of the net to cue wild celebrations among the hundreds of Chorley fans behind the goal.

Unfortunately for Mather he had to leave the field later with a tweaked hamstring.

The visitors’ lead lasted only seven minutes. In a packed penalty area Lloyd Kerry went down under challenge and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

Nick Chadwick gave Sam Ashton no chance with a fierce rising shot in off the underside of the bar.

The equaliser and two substitutions pepped up Tamworth who, at this stage were using the slope to their advantage and stretching the reorganised Magpies’ defence.

Yet in breakaways, the Chorley attack still carried the greater threat.

Dean got in a cracking low shot on 70 minutes which keeper Cameron Belford did very well to turn for a corner.

There was a major scare for Chorley when Sam Ashton unwisely involved himself in a tussle for possession near the touchline.

Only a brilliant covering header by Mark Ross saved the visitors when a cross duly arrived in the unattended goalmouth.

l Despite fielding three of manager John Coleman’s four midweek signings, Southport could only draw 1-1 at home to bottom club Hyde United in the Conference Premier.

A 78th-minute equaliser by Danny Hattersley cancelled out Scott Spencer’s 38th-minute strike for Hyde.

It was a first point since November 2, for the Tigers, who have yet to win a game this season.

The Sandgrounders were reduced to 10 men on 90 minutes when new loanee Ben Jefford received a second yellow card, one of nine brandished by referee Amy Fearn.

In the NPL Premier Division, Daniel Lloyd-McGoldrick’s 40th-minute strike was enough to give AFC Fylde all three points at home to Ashton United.

And in the NPL First Division North, Burscough had a last-minute winner from hat-trick hero Jordan Williams to thank for a 4-3 triumph at Salford City.

Porya Ahmadi (36) put the hosts ahead but Williams equalised a minute later.

Then his namesake Paul Williams made it 2-1 to Burscough four minutes after the break.

Jordan Williams bagged his second to make it 3-1, before Ahmadi completed his own hat-trick (71 and 76) to level matters up.

Just as it looked like the points would be shared, Jordan Williams popped up in the 90th minute to seal 

Elsewhere, Clitheroe went down 2-0 at home to Ossett Albion.

Kurtis Noble (21) and Ben Grech-Brooksbank (52) got the visitors’ goals.

And Kendal Town were held 2-2 at home by Cammell Laird.

Maison McGeechan scored twice to seemingly set Kendal on their way to victory.

But Freddie Potter’s 71st-minute penalty reduced the deficit and Phillip Mooney’s last-gasp strike denied Town all three points.

But the games involving Bamber Bridge and Lancaster City both frustratingly fell victim to the weather.

Brig’s trip to Prescot Cables was a wash-out, as was the Dolly Blues’ scheduled fixture at Radcliffe Borough.