Trophy woe for Magpies

Sam Ashton had no chance with FC United's winner
Sam Ashton had no chance with FC United's winner
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FC United 1 Chorley 0

Tom Greaves continued to haunt Chorley as his second-half strike dumped the Magpies out of the FA Trophy.

fter an even first half it took a moment of brilliance from Greaves in the 52nd minute to separate the sides.

Chorley threw the kitchen sink at the United backline, twice striking the post and having two penalty claims.

But the fan-owned side held on and they advance into the third round where they will welcome the winners of AFC Fylde and AFC Telford United.

Chorley had the first chance on 15 minutes when skipper Andy Teague released Josh Hine, who pulled the ball back for Harry Winter. His scuffed effort found Dale Whitham but his effort was saved home keeper David Carnell.

Matthew Wolfenden had United’s first real opportunity on the half-hour mark but his deflected effort looped just over the bar.

As half-time neared, Karl Marginson’s side should have taken the lead but the usually prolific Greaves could only volley over from one yard.

Greaves had better luck seven minutes after the break when he latched on to a flick-on and fired in to the top corner leaving, Sam Ashton with no chance.

Lewis Lacy nearly made it 2-0 but his bullet header sailed inches over the bar, while Lindfield then rattled the crossbar from a free-kick.

Chorley had two penalty claims as, first, Dean seemed to be bundled over in the box by Stott and then substitute Chris Simm was taken out by a sliding challenge after Hine saw a shot cleared on the line by Lacy.

With 15 minutes left, Chorley twice rattled the frame of the goal, keeper Carnell pushed a header on to the post and from the rebound, Hine saw his shot thunder off the same upright.

Substitute Tom Brown had a chance to seal the victory for the home side and they needed Carnell to keep Chorley at bay as he superbly tipped a goal-bound Roscoe header over the bar.

Elsewhere, in the Conference North, a last-gasp Casper Hughes strike saw AFC Fylde defeat Solihull Moors 1-0.