REPORT | Chorley 0-2 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 01 Jan 2020

We completed our first double of the season, as we also hauled ourselves out of the relegation places to start the New Year.

Two second half goals, one from the head of Devonte Redmond and the other spectacularly off the boot of Omari Patrick, made sure we recorded only our second away win of the campaign – much to the delight of the 800+ travelling fans.

Before we got underway though, there was a late change to the line-up, as Shaun Pearson had to step down after suffering an injury in the warm-up, with Jake Lawlor taking his place and Mark Harris being named on the bench.

Wrexham enjoyed several early free kicks around the Chorley area, but on each occasion, they failed to make the set pieces count.

While the offside flag was cutting short the home side, when they looked to hit long balls up for Marcus Carver.

On 16 minutes, Devonte Redmond’s ball through the middle set JJ Hooper away with only Andy Teague for company, while inside of him were both Omari Patrick and Bobby Grant making ground. The striker chose to shoot from 16-yards and saw his effort saved by Matt Unwin in the home goal.

At a Wrexham corner three minutes later, the ball dropped on the edge of the six-yard box, but again JJ saw his effort blocked by a defender, as it spun away for a second flag kick.

Chorley midfielder Martin Smith was booked for diving on the corner of the Wrexham box, following a home corner.

On 33 minutes, JJ was inches from opening the scoring after Paul Rutherford and Redmond combined down the left wing, with the former firing in a low cross that central defender Courtney Meppen-Walters somehow cleared off his own goal line for a corner.

Five minutes later, Hooper took advantage of high bouncing ball to break down the right side of the Chorley box, but his attempted low cross, looking for Patrick, came off the arm of full back Adam Blakeman and went out for a corner.

From Luke Young’s corner on the right, Kieran Kennedy got a clean header away at the back post, only to be denied by the diving Unwin.

Chorley then went to the other end of the pitch and a hanging header from Carver only just carried over Lainton’s cross bar.

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There was an early caution to Rutherford, who went down in front of the referee 30-yards from goal, but the official saw it as diving.

On 58 minutes, the Wrexham defence allowed Elliot Newby to latch onto a free ball and forced Lainton into a great diving save, pushing the shot away to his right.

Chorley kept the pressure up on the visitors’ back line with a succession of corners, Meppen-Walters getting a header on target from one of them, but Grant was able to clear his lines.

Matt Challoner was yellow carded on 63 minutes for a foul and at the same time, Tyler Reid was sent on for Rutherford.

Shorty afterwards, Lainton came for a high ball, which skimmed off his fingertips, but he recovered well to chase it down and only concede a corner.

Then on 72 minutes, the Reds made the all-important breakthrough, as Grant recovered the ball in midfield before passing to Patrick. In turn, his pinpoint cross from the left was onto the head of Redmond at the far post for the midfielder to score from close range, despite Unwin doing his best to deny him.

There was a pregnant pause in the celebrations, before most of the crowd realised that the ball had crossed the goal line.

With nothing to lose, Chorley poured men forward and a couple of efforts whizzed close to the target. Teague being only a few feet off with his shot, before he was replaced by Ntumba Massanka and Chris Holroyd also came on for Jake Cottrell on 79 minutes.

It was too little effect though, as within a minute Patrick had curled in a beauty of an effort, from near 25-yards, that gave Unwin absolutely no chance and put the Reds two goals to the good.

A long clearance from the Chorley keeper was hooked back into the home half by Lawlor, where JJ Hooper headed on and into the path of Patrick. The forward dragged his marker towards the edge of the Magpies' area, where he spun away from the defender to give himself room to fire in a great effort that flew passed the stranded keeper. 

No doubting that this one had hit the back of the net and who had scored it!

Chorley kept sending men forward, and from one attack Lainton punched clear and Grant’s follow up bicycle kick made sure the ball continued on its path away from the Wrexham goal.

Blakeman was not far away with a rasping drive for Chorley, as the full back saw his effort carry only inches over the Wrexham cross bar from well outside of the box.

Mark Harris was the last Wrexham substitute on 89 minutes, replacing Patrick, who left to a standing ovation.

The four minutes of added time were played out to a mainly Wrexham crowd, as we had started with nearly 50% of the attendance as it was.

Chorley: Unwin, Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (Massanka 79), Meppen-Walters, A Newby, Carver, E Newby, Ross, Cottrell (Holroyd 79), Smith.
Subs: O’Keefe, Baines, Nortey.

Wrexham: Lainton, Carrington, Kennedy, Lawlor, Jennings, Rutherford (Reid 63), Redmond, Young, Grant, Patrick (Harris 90), Hooper (Oswell 84).
Subs: Dibble, Barton.

Referee: Aaron Jackson (Merseyside)
Attendance: 1,684
Away: 820ish

Bookings –
Smith (26, simulation), Challoner (63, foul), Carver (90+3, dissent)
Wrexham: Rutherford (47, simulation)

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