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Mon 23 Apr 19:45 - Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy 17-18 Full time Attendance 828

Chorley 3 - 2 Clitheroe


Cup final heartbreak as Clitheroe crash out to Chorley

By Jack Towers

After battling until the very end, Clitheroe can hold their heads up very high in what was an inspiring performance against Chorley.

Chorley came out with confidence and looked very dangerous going forward as you would expect for a team two divisions higher.

Clitheroe however, you could tell were very up for it and would not stop running and the energy levels were at a high.

The Blues made it clear to Chorley what they were up against and Gregory gave them the first thing to think about when he bombed down the right wing and his cross deflected inches over the bar for a corner.

It was an end to end game and both sides were getting their fair share of corners and Michael Samson was proving a real threat in the air for the Blues.

Clitheroe took the lead in the 26th minute when after a long ball forward, Willoughby latched on to do what he does best and he slotted past a hopeless Urwin in the Chorley net.

Unfortunately the lead was short-lived and Chorley were awarded a penalty when Samson brought down Burgess who poked home the resulting spot kick.

The heads of Clitheroe did not drop and they kept going at it but 1-1 the score at half time.

Straight from the second half whistle, Clitheroe won a corner and Samson once again rose highest and came inches close with his header.

Willoughby was vibrant and still causing problems for Chorley and drove forward to strike just over the bar.

The chances kept on coming for Blues and Chorley did not have an answer.

Firstly, West came close when Russell's free kick fell to him at the far post and he volleyed over.

Russell himself then came close when he struck straight at Urwin.

It proved to be heartbreak for the Blues however when they caught Clitheroe on the break and made it 2-1.

Once again though, Blues did not give up and Samson was brought off for Dimi Tuanzebe who, playing injured, came on to install some more attacking threat.

It was clear it would not be Clitheroe's day when Willoughby on a free kick struck well at Urwin who saved just wide ahead of Rowlands who was there to almost tap in.

Once again however Chorley caught Blues on the break and made it 3-1.

Straight after Clitheroe bombed forward and West with a solo effort curl beautifully in the far corner for probably the goal of the night and make it 3-2 to end what was a sensational effort from the Blues in a performance they can be very proud of.

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