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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
Bromley
36
2
Yeovil Town
35
3
FC Halifax Town
35
4
Barrow
34
5
Torquay United
34
6
Solihull Moors
33
7
Harrogate Town
32
8
Notts County
31
9
Woking
31
10
Barnet
28
11
Eastleigh
28
12
Dover Athletic
28
13
Stockport County
28
14
Hartlepool United
27
15
Dagenham & Redbridge
27
16
Boreham Wood
26
17
Maidenhead United
25
18
Chesterfield
22
19
Aldershot Town
22
20
AFC Fylde
21
21
Wrexham
19
22
Ebbsfleet United
17
23
Sutton United
16
24
Chorley
13