CHORLEY v CLITHEROE

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CHORLEY v CLITHEROE

Postby Charlie Magpie » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:37 pm

After the disappointing events of the Curzon Ashton game, it was great to see Chorley FC bounce back with a display of quality football at Warrington, and three well-earned points. On Thursday night, the reserve team produced another impressive performance at Workington and came away with a convincing 0-3 victory.

To cap it all, did anyone listen to Tony Hesketh and Phil Brown talking on the Radio Lancashire non-league football programme on Friday night? It was very reassuring to hear of their ambitious plans for the future of Chorley FC, and their commitment and determination to bring us through the current difficult times. There can be no doubt that we have an excellent management team in place, and, with the backing of the supporters, we can hopefully look forward to the re-emergence of Chorley FC as a major force in non-league football!

However, there is no secret formula for success. What Chorley FC needs in order to be successful is more support, more money and even more money!! Compared to most other UniBond League teams, including those from the Premier League, our attendances are encouraging, but we must continue to aim higher. We must convince the wider general public of Chorley that they have a local football team worthy of their support.

Saturday's home game against Clitheroe is one of only three remaining Saturday home games this season. Only three more opportunities to try and attract more money and more young supporters to Victory Park. With this in mind, the following offers will still be available this Saturday;

Chorley FC season ticket holders - introduce a 'new' supporter for only £3.50 admission,

League club season ticket holders - produce their season ticket for £3.50 admission, and the Wanderers have no game next weekend!

Many school children in the Chorley area will be receiving a 'family ticket' which will admit two adults for £3.50 each and all accompanied children free.

Two family tickets, together with a special poster for the Clitheroe game can be downloaded from the following link;

http://www.chorleyfc.com/downloads/fixturePoster.doc

Could you possibly support Chorley FC by printing off a few family tickets and distributing them to friends, neighbours, work colleagues, etc? Members of the Deveopment Committee hope to print off one ticket per child at several local primary schools this week. I wonder if any other Chorley supporters could do like-wise at their local primary school or junior football club? Please try to display a poster or two in local shops and pubs, and, who knows, if we all made an extra effort we could see 400+ spectators at Victory Park next Saturday!!

We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and determined management team at Chorley FC, they deserve our support and the support of more chorley people, young and old!!
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Postby Ian Livesey » Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:13 pm

Wahey! Well done Jeff! See you Saturday!
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CLITHEROE GAME

Postby john joe » Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:14 pm

SHOULD SOMEONE CONTACT THE CHORLEY GUARDIAN AND ASK IF THEY COULD HELP BY INSERTING A CUT OUT, FREE ENTRY COUPON FOR CHILDREN, TO ADVERTISE FOR MORE SUPPORT TO THE LAST TWO HOME GAMES.
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Postby Charlie Magpie » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:45 pm

I have posted on several Bolton Wanderers forums and received lots of positive comments from those who came along to the Garforth match. Hopefully, they will be down at Victory park on Saturday with a few extra mates.

Possibility of a very decent gate if we can attract a few more locals with the family tickets and fixture posters. If you know of any potential new supporters, please make them aware of Saturday's game and try to persuade them to come along.

Our players and management team deserve the backing of a large and vocal crowd. The Sunshine Gang did a splendid job of raising the volume and atmosphere from the main stand at the Garforth match. Any chance of a repeat performance?
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Postby mike1 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:15 am

[quote="Charlie Magpie"]

Possibility of a very decent gate if we can attract a few more locals with the family tickets and fixture posters. If you know of any potential new supporters, please make them aware of Saturday's game and try to persuade them to come along.

Extra spice is added to the Clitheroe match with the news that following the resignation of joint-manager Lee Sculpher at Clitheroe after just a few weeks in the job a certain Kenny Mayers will now assist Peter Smith at Shawbridge. Should be interesting.
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Postby Charlie Magpie » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:44 am

Members of the Development Committee have been out and about this week distributing tickets and posters to local schools. Hard to predict what impact all the hard work will have on Saturday's attendance, but let's hope we continue to move in the right direction and possibly exceed the 400 barrier.

However, what is clear is the fact that an increasing number of people are aware of the team's recent improvement in performances and results. Many have promised to come down to Victory Park but, for one reason or another, haven't made it yet! Perhaps a few more good results and a bit of gentle persuasion from existing Chorley fans may tempt them before the end of the season. And once there, let's hope than any 'new' supporters enjoy an exciting game of football in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

The Development Committee are already thinking about next season. New initiatives will be needed to increase income and support in order for Tony and Phil to keep the present squad of players together, and possibly add a touch of star quality!! The performances of the reserve team have demonstrated the benefits of the successful links with Myerscough College and these can only get better.

Exciting times lie ahead for Chorley FC! The people of Chorley need to be aware of the potential of their football club and be encouraged to offer their support. And there could be no better opportunity than tomorrow's clash with Clitheroe to bring a friend, neighbour or the whole family down to Victory Park. Please do whatever you can to help build a better future for Chorley FC.!!
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Postby Magpie in Exile » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:00 pm

eerm, excuse me for intruding, but...

was the game off, is there a result to report?

Just wondered... :?
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Postby raefil » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:02 pm

lost 0 -2

:evil: :evil: :evil:
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Postby Ian Livesey » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:07 pm

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Postby Magpie+Baggie » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:35 pm

CHORLEY… 0

CLITHEROE… 2
Jonathan Smith 45min 89min

Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Any number of the voluminous crowd inside Victory Park on Saturday could claim that it was luck that denied their side a share of the spoils from the encounter with Clitheroe, but ultimately, if you create precious few clear-cut chances for all your midfield economy, and fail to defend a couple of set pieces into your penalty area, the chances are, you probably deserve to be beaten.
Fear not, for this was not a display of the abject nature that was witnessed at places like Woodley Sports and Lancaster City in games that seem light years ago, and not a showing that lacked endeavour or honesty. Unfortunately though, the bottom line is that on the day, the Magpies put in a tired-looking shift, and Ribble Valley rivals Clitheroe were essentially decent value for their three points.
It would be unfair to suggest that the side nowadays managed by Peter Smith and the evergreen Kenny Mayers were not justified a win on Chorley soil though. A tough, but solid, defensive exhibition by the Blues enabled impressive centre-half Jonathan Smith the opportunity to show his dangerous impact in both boxes, the tall defender with a brace. Smith’s goals could be cynically likened to a London bus – wait for a while, and then two pop up in the blink of an eye, although the multiple arrival of belated public transport doesn’t have quite the same devastating effect as two towering Smith headers over the course of 90 frenetic minutes.
Chorley fans have grown used to their own number 11, Roger Sharrock, making a significant impact this season, but it was Sharrock’s opposite number, Andy Smith, in an attacking Clitheroe formation, who enjoyed plenty of success for the visitors. First, Smith skinned Danny Finch before forcing a smart near-post stop from the feet of Peter Collinge, before big Dave Hankin couldn’t convert the rebound, his volley sliced wide of the mark.
The Magpies were disjointed early on, and Andy Smith unleashed a killer ball after robbing Chris Ward, but Anthony Johnson’s finish was well saved by Collinge. It took until the half-hour mark for the hosts to truly cause problems for the away side, with Danny Nolan’s cross from the right drawing a superb clearance from Connor Kavanagh, to deny Adam Farrell an easy chance.
When Sharrock did emerge as the threat he often poses, his low shot from range drew a sprawling save from Martin Fearon, and minutes later a deft touch from the winger beat Liam McManus all ends up, and set up a half-volley, which looped just over the angle of bar and post. But this was something of an interlude towards the end of the first-half, with Clitheroe having had the better of it before the interval.
But an injury-time header from Jonathan Smith put his side ahead; a left-sided corner came a long way across the Chorley six-yard box, before the decisive touch from the centre-back excelled Collinge and nestled in the back of the net. Tony Hesketh’s half-time changes introduced Mike Eckersley at right-back for Finch, and Danny McGahan in place of Nolan.
However, early in the second-half, the consistent James Mullineux had to extend himself to intercept a pass which could easily have put Chris Sargeson through on goal, although there was improvement in the hosts’ weary ranks, with Gavin-Lee Ellison trying to catch Fearon out from some distance, and Chris Ward coming within inches of equalising. Adam Farrell’s driven ball in looked to have found Ward at the back post, but the former-Clitheroe man couldn’t quite reach the cross to divert it into the goal.
The veteran midfield pairing of Neil Reynolds and Kenny Mayers was effective for the visitors, with the steady performers happy to sit in and make life difficult for their opponents. Michael West and Ellison pushed on, with Steve Burke injecting fresh pace up front, but, tellingly, the Magpies only once or twice genuinely looked like equalising, and were made to pay in the dying minutes.
Sargeson had been largely anonymous for the Blues over the course of the afternoon, but his sailing cross from a free-kick, a minute from time, was met by the giant Smith for the defender to claim his second of the day, and three points for the Shawbridge outfit.

CHORLEY – Peter Collinge, Danny Finch (Mike Eckersley), Rob Henry, James Mullineux, Chris Smalley, Michael West, Chris Ward (Steve Burke), Gavin-Lee Ellison, Adam Farrell, Danny Nolan (Danny McGahan), Roger Sharrock. Unused Substitutes – Adam Crossley, Dave Rogerson. Attendance – 370.
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Postby Paul Brennan » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:20 am

Could be seen as "sour grapes" I suppose, seeing as we were not very fluent or composed yesterday, but did Clitheroe not remind older fans of the 1970's Leeds United? Virtually every challenge was bordering on illegal,constant whingeing to the ref and linesmen, 'physical' midfielders breaking up play by any means possible etc.

Even if we lose we should do so through honest endeavour -and we'll win more than we lose by trying to play the game in the right spirit. (But please GLE and M Eckersley -don't argue with the ref quite so much)
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Postby mike1 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:22 pm

Paul Brennan wrote:Could be seen as "sour grapes" I suppose, seeing as we were not very fluent or composed yesterday, but did Clitheroe not remind older fans of the 1970's Leeds United? Virtually every challenge was bordering on illegal,constant whingeing to the ref and linesmen, 'physical' midfielders breaking up play by any means possible etc.

Even if we lose we should do so through honest endeavour -and we'll win more than we lose by trying to play the game in the right spirit. (But please GLE and M Eckersley -don't argue with the ref quite so much)


Well said, Paul. I noted instances of one or two Clitheroe players clearly seeking to 'wind up' individual Chorley players. Their captain himself was remiss in this respect towards Mike Eckersley (for one) and No.2 Liam McManus, who put Roger Sharrock in a less than friendly neck-lock, should certainly have been officially cautioned. Otherwise I thought the referee had a very good match and definitely ensured that the lid stayed on what might easily have become over-heated exchanges.
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Postby 12th Man » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:58 am

Magpie + Baggie - I hope Stuart Hall's lawyer's don't read this website cos you'd be sued for plagarism! you stopped just short of saying 'Nay verily the noble knights of Chorley were slain by the loathsome beasts of Clitheroe' :lol:

You were quite right in your assessment though, if you don't take your chances you won't win the game and that's exactly what happened. I thought it a little harsh on Nolan to be subsituted so early, particularly as we didn't look any better for it.

I also thought the ref had a decent game which is worth mentioning given the kn*bheads we've had on recently, to those ref's who come on here we don't expect Premier league standard just fair and impartial, is that too much to ask?
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