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Chorley cling on to unbeaten record
11:04am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Football
This frantic scramble for supremacy provided low-key entertainment for a Bank Holiday weekend crowd of 590 as both teams clung on to unbeaten records.
Clear-cut chances were few in a flat first half, Whitby’s Craig Farrell spurning the best opportunity when he hooked his shot just over the bar with only Sam Ashton to beat from ten yards.
The tempo increased after the break and the Magpies increasingly imposed themselves on the game in the last half-hour.
A superb through-ball from Paul Jarvis sent Josh Hine clear on goal but he fired straight at Shane Bland who could only parry the shot but reacted smartly to save again from the striker’s follow-up attempt.
Whitby almost grabbed the lead when Richard Pell got in a strong downward header only for Ashton to claw the ball to safety at his near post.
As Chorley racked up the pressure in the later stages, Andy Teague directed two powerful headers from set-pieces narrowly off-target.
A penetrating run by the visitors’ Tom Portas, the most composed and creative player on either side, ended with a low cross-shot which to Ashton’s relief flew beyond the far post.
But it was Chorley who almost snatched victory in the dying minutes when, from substitute Adam Roscoe’s headed lay-off, Darren Stephenson could not quite keep down a quickly-taken volley from close range, the ball fizzing over the bar.
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