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Postby Magpie+Baggie » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:45 pm

Report for the match programme vs. Fleetwood.

BAMBER BRIDGE 4
CHORLEY 1

Football is an industry of many proverbs, a famous one referring to a match as “a game of two halves.” This phrase would be suitably applied to this Brig-Chorley derby match, with the result looking sorry for the visitors to Irongate.
On a pitch that flattered to deceive, the game’s opening encounters were typical of a game holding much local pride, with tough tackles flying in and a few words being exchanged between sides.
It was Brig who first came close in a first half in which the hosts hardly played to the characteristics of a side in the upper reaches of the league. Neither side created many clear cut chances, but early on, Danny Mahoney placed a free kick bottom corner bound; Peter Collinge making a fine save to tip the former Burscough player’s effort round the post.
Since Eddie Stanford’s departure, questions could well have been asked about Chorley’s free kicks, but Jordan Goodeve had a low drive blocked and cleared by the Bamber Bridge wall.
But otherwise the first half was cagey, and if anything, perhaps Chorley just about shaded it. The feeling at half time from a large and vocal travelling support (some of whom walked from Chorley!) was that the Magpies were capable of nicking the game 1-0 perhaps.
These thoughts were dashed however just two minutes into the second half, in form Ryan Salmon scoring the first of what later proved to be a hat-trick. The away side galloped forward in droves, and after Alex Porter’s fine through ball, a supreme finish by Salmon made it two nil to Brig, just six minutes into the second half.
A shell-shocked away side were in disarray, and on sixty-two minutes Salmon bagged his third goal, having been given the freedom of Bamber Bridge. It got worse for the Magpies, a scramble resulting in Danny Mahoney finding the Chorley net.
Gerry made his throws of the dice, but it was Joel Pilkington who found a fine goal with three minutes to play, but despite the finesse of the finish, it was too little too late for Chorley.
The leaking of goals is a real problem for Chorley, especially after being so defensively solid bar one error in the game against Clitheroe. However, it should be noted by fans not in attendance at Irongate, that Kieran Fletcher, a new signing from Clitheroe had an impressive debut despite the result.
It is looking as though the three games against Radcliffe Borough, who have two games in hand on Chorley and are six points behind the Magpies, are going to be perilously important – failure in these games could see Victory Park hosting NWCL football in 08/09.
Let’s hope not, and keep behind the club!
Enjoy tonight’s match.
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