Sat 18 Feb 17
at 16:45 PM
Report: Magpies down Harriers
HARRIERS slipped to defeat Chorley with Andre Brown’s tenth goal of the season not enough to prevent a 2-1 reverse against the Magpies.
Harriers are well used to starting games well, having hit their fair share of early goals in games this season.
However it was they who had to deal with that particular set-back after Chorley struck an eighth minute opener.
With the two teams still feeling each other out, Jack Sampson found himself free on the ball inside the area. Although closed down by two defenders, he managed to do the damaged first with a deft, sharply-taken finish taking almost everyone by surprise as it found the net via the woodwork.
The response was good from the away side.
Almost straight after the goal they almost levelled, a superb cross from McQuiklin was deep and searching – finding Jordan Tunnicliffe near the far post as he nodded down toward goal with the keeper sprawling, the effort rolling just wide.
The hosts made good use of a long throw-in and, on 25 minutes, that almost brought about a second goal; a recycled ball being watched over his shoulder by Dale Whitham, the Chorley skipper before being volleyed over the bar.
Harriers then had their best spell on the ball but found one of the division’s meanest defences in good order, the best to show from that period being a solid header from Ty Williams that powered over the bar with 35 minutes gone.
That served to build up a good spell of momentum for the reds but with six minutes after the restart that had dissipated.
Looking to quickly play the ball out from the back, Palmer saw his kick to Croasdale quickly charged down by Cottrell who won it before slotting it straight back beyond him and into the corner of the net.
Harriers made two immediate changes in introducing both Waite and Truslove in short order to try and give the game a shot in the arm.
In truth, with a two-goal lead to defend, Chorley set about seeing the game out and in fact almost added a third midway through the half – Sampson eyeing a second as he let fly only to see the ball sail off target.
As is their way, though, Harriers kept plugging away and, for endeavour if nothing else, deserved the goal they pulled back on 75 minutes when a great cross from McQuilkin was turned home by Brown from close range.
Within a couple of minutes the comeback was almost complete as McQulkin yet again supplied some great ammunition, his looping cross finding a thumping header from Truslove who could only power it over the bar.
Just two minutes of normal time remained when Elton Ngwatala ran with the ball just outside the area; the midfielder managed to get a shot off but could only watch as it drifted wide.