Chorley Complete Comeback To End Clitheroe Cup Run
Clitheroe's cup journey has come to an end.
Author: Lewis Cherry
Clitheroe's cup journey came to an end after suffering a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Vanarama National League North side Chorley in the FA Partners Foundation Challenge Trophy on Tuesday night.
The first half presented few chances for both sides with the highlights of the half coming from Clitheroe's Scott Bakkor on 25 minutes when his free-kick on the edge of the box cannoned against the crossbar onto the post but somehow failed to cross the line.
On 27 minutes the home side had a glorious chance of their own when Mark Ross struck from range but his shot flew over Ben Woodhead's goal and the sides went in goalless at the break.
Half Time: Chorley 0-0 Clitheroe
The second half brought more energy from both teams looking to gain the advantage and on 50 minutes the deadlock was broken by Clitheroe. Sefton Gonzales managed to cut inside Chorley fullback Max Cartwright and placed the ball into the bottom right of Magpie keeper Sam Ashton's net to give The Blues a 0-1 lead.
However, just 6 minutes later the home side were back on level terms when a cross from James Dean on the right was met by Dale Whitham who turned the ball into the back of the net.
80 minutes saw the hosts complete their comeback after a mix-up at the back for Clitheroe allowed Chorley's Paul Jarvis to slip the ball into the path of substitute Sam Cosgrove who gave Chorley a 2-1 lead.
Chorley came close to making it 3-1 but Darren Stephenson's shot was blocked away by blues defender Chris Lynch.
Clitheroe then had a chance to level things late on with the ball falling to Sefton Gonzales 6 yards out but his shot was deflected out of play for a corner.
Full Time: Chorley 2-1 Clitheroe
Woodhead, Heywood, Barski, C Lynch, Brady, Dent, Bakkor (Steele), D Lynch (c), Gonzales, Mayers, Harries
Subs Not Used:
Benjamin, Walker, Bonaminio, Hampson.