Chorley 13 Droylsden 1
Chorley treated a crowd of 849 to a once-in-a-lifetime goal-feast as they romped to their biggest win since 1946 to strengthen their grip on the NPL Premier Division leadership and give their goal difference a timely boost.
The Magpies were ruthless in burying a sorry visiting side under an avalanche of early goals, hitting three in the first seven minutes and going five up in 12, twice assisted by own goals.
In truth, the score could have reached at least 16 with more careful finishing against already-relegated Droylsden. Jack Dorney opened the floodgates after just two minutes from close range before Josh Hine added a second with a sweetly-struck cross-shot. A gentle back-pass from Ben Heneghan promptly bobbled past keeper Oliver Martin for the Magpies’ third.
The mayhem continued as Max Cartwright curled a sublime free-kick beyond Martin in the ninth minute and when Ged Murphy sliced an attempted clearance into his own net, Chorley were five ahead after only 12 minutes.
Hine fired over when clean through and then teed up James Dean in front of goal but Martin parried his rising shot.
Another Hine cut-back enabled Dale Whitham to end a lull in the scoring by firing emphatically past Martin on 37 minutes and the home fans were in seventh heaven just before the break when the influential Cartwright’s lofted through-ball sent Dean clear and he measured the perfect lob over the stranded Martin.
There was no let-up after the interval, Darren Stephenson neatly heading Chorley’s sixth from a 49th-minute corner.
A penalty for handball effortlessly converted by Dean on 53 minutes brought the Magpies’ ninth but almost at once a quickly-taken free-kick by the lively Sam Madeley out on the right caught Sam Ashton napping in the home goal.
It was left to Cartwright to bring up double figures for the Magpies after 69 minutes with a fierce half-volley following a corner.
And three goals in the last eight minutes completed the rout. Dorney calmly netted with the Droylsden defence in disarray, Dean completed a hat-trick after cleverly working an opening and Whitham finished with aplomb from Chris Almond’s unselfish prompting.
This should put the Magpies in great heart for the potentially crucial showdown with FC United at Bury’s Gigg Lane tomorrow.