Chorley FC



First Team

Mon 27 Aug 2018 | National League North | Away


Victory Park Stadium




Adam Williamson



John Flanagan’s side picked up their first away defeat of the season as table toppers, Chorley ran out 2-0 winners at Victory Park. 


It was a summer bank holiday to forget for the Nash as they were unable to stop Chorley’s 100% start to the season, as the league leaders ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of two second half goals from Louis Almond and Marcus Carver.


It was the hosts who piled on the pressure in the early stages, however the Curzon defence stood firm and denied any real opening in the first half hour.


The first real chance of the game fell to the feet of Almond, as the Chorley number 10 capitalised on a loose Danny Shaw header and bent an effort just over Cameron Mason’s bar.


As the first half went on chances were few and far between for both sides, however, just before the break Mason was brought into action as he denied a well hit strike from Almond to keep the score level going into the break.


Despite this, the Nash number one was unable to keep the scores level for long after the restart as Almond finally broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half.


The Chorley front man was allowed time to bring down the ball in the box and hit a fierce effort from 15 yards past Mason into the bottom corner, netting his first goal of the season.


Five minutes later and Almond nearly had a second, as he found space in behind Curzon’s defence. 


Luckily for the Nash, Mason was on hand to deny the Magpies a second with a brilliant save.


As the game entered the final half hour Curzon began to fight back in search of an equaliser, however, they couldn’t capitalise as Joe Guest and Alex Samizadeh both hit efforts from the edge of the box wide of the mark.


John Flanagan and his side would live to regret these missed opportunities as Chorley made it two on the stroke of the 90-minute mark.


Some good build-up play by the home side found Carver, who drove home past Mason to all but end any hope of a Curzon equaliser. 

The result means the Nash drop to 14th in the National League North, three points off the playoffs.


Match Report: Josh Lees



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