Report: Harriers halted at Chorley

Report on a forgettable afternoon at Victory Park…

Chorley 3-0 Harriers (09-3-2019) (c) Stefan Willoughby

HARRIERS suffered yet more misery at the hands of Chorley after being soundly beaten 3-0 at Victory Park.

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It was a horrid day that got off to the most terrible of starts when Wilson converted after just three minutes.

Chorley extended their lead with two further goals in the second half without really having to get out of second gear – Wilson sweeping home the second before Caver slammed in a third.

Harriers – whose closest chances came through McAlinden and Ironside – never looked like wrestling back the score, and went home empty handed.

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The first half, for large parts, was even enough – though it didn’t look that way from the off; Carver almost scoring after two minutes before Wilson actually did – a long ball lofted over the heads of the Harriers back line and into the striker’s path; he did the rest and tucked it low, past Hall.

Harriers attempted to respond through McAlinden whose tenth-minute shot was held, but Hall was the busier keeper throughout, tipping wide Newby’s free-kick with a quarter-hour played.

Austin almost grabbed a rare goal with a low shot Urwin saved, while Williams almost finished off a great team move only for the stopper to smother his effort. In between, Carver blazed over the bar at close range.

Hall was in truly exceptional form before the break as he twice denied Leather – the first effort looked a nailed-on goal before the stopper clawed away the header.

After the restart, Newby quickly extended Hall once again before one of the best chances of the day for Harriers saw Ironside chest and fire at Urwin, who stood up well and held on to the ball.

Harriers would pay for that miss as, within the space of five minutes after the hour, Chorley put the game to bed. Carver, while magnificent, was all too comfortable in finding room out wide to poke a low cross over to Wilson who ran on to it and eased the ball beyond Hall. Just after, a long ball over the top was watched down by Carver who, despite the attentions of two defenders, was able to fire it beyond Hall, the ball bouncing off the bar and over the line.

Harriers did go close to grabbing a goal back on 72 minutes as Horsfall got up well at a free-kick and saw a header clawed away by Urwin, but Chorley always looked the more likely to add to the score; Hooper and Newby missing the target when well placed late on.

Three minutes of added time failed to yield anything to warm the 100 or so Harriers fans who made the long journey up, the final whistle signalling the start of their miserable journey back home.

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