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Town 2 Chorley 0

Town returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win against Chorley at The CNG Stadium thanks to goals at the start of each half from Brendan Kiernan and Jack Muldoon.

Simon Weaver opted to make a couple of changes to the starting line-up with George Smith being recalled and Jon Stead making his first start of the season following Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat against Dover Athletic.

Any nerves in the Town side were swiftly eased though when Kiernan struck from just inside the box following good work from Warren Burrell and Ryan Fallowfield.

Chorley, who had come into the game without a win this season and on the back of two consecutive heavy away defeats, continued to work hard and their effort was rewarded when Chris Holroyd forced James Belshaw into a reaction save after 21 minutes.

Despite their dominance in terms of possession and territory Town failed to build on their early lead over the remainder of their first half, toiling to little avail with Fallowfield’s drive from distance on the stroke of half-time the only further test for Billy Crellin in the Chorley goal.

The half time break sparked life into Town however and they doubled their lead on 47 minutes when Muldoon headed from short range to end his run of games without a goal.

Chorley’s best effort of the second half came when Belshaw tipped over from Josh O’Keefe but in truth it was a comfortable night for Town’s ‘keeper and defence.

Town suffered a blow midway through the half when captain Josh Falkingham was forced to leave the field through injury on what was a busy night for both physios.

The final stages saw a debut for loan signing Jack Diamond and his good work down the left hand side almost resulted in a third goal, with Jack Emmett seeing his goal bound shot blocked.

The victory sees Town move up to twelfth in the table and positioned just three points off the playoff positions ahead of Saturday’s long trip south to face Torquay United.

Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, G.Smith, Falkingham, (Emmett 65), Burrell, Kiernan, Stead (Beck 76), Muldoon (Diamond 80), Hall, Brown, W.Smith

Subs not used: Cracknell, Jones

Goals: Kiernan 4, Muldoon 47

Chorley: Crellin, Challoner, Blakeman (E Newby 47), Leather, Meppen-Walters, Baines, O’Keefe, Cottrell, A Newby (Dodds 71), Holroyd (Carver 80), Massanka

Subs not used: Teague, Ross

Booked: Challoner, Leather

Referee: T.Parsons

Attendance: 792 (105 away)

Report by Danny Pugsley
 
 
Match Result
Town
Town
Kiernan 4, Muldoon 47
2
Chorley
Chorley
0
The CNG Stadium
7:45PM Tuesday 03 September 2019
Attendance 792
League Table
1
Woking
24
2
Bromley
23
3
FC Halifax Town
22
4
Yeovil Town
19
5
Dagenham & Redbridge
18
6
Maidenhead United
17
7
Dover Athletic
17
8
Stockport County
17
9
Barnet
16
10
Torquay United
15
11
Hartlepool United
15
12
Solihull Moors
14
13
Notts County
14
14
Barrow
13
15
Eastleigh
13
16
Boreham Wood
12
17
Sutton United
12
18
Harrogate Town
12
19
Wrexham
11
20
Aldershot Town
11
21
AFC Fylde
10
22
Chesterfield
8
23
Chorley
8
24
Ebbsfleet United
7