Chorley 2 Eastwood Town 1
Eastwood ended their season with a narrow defeat at top half side Chorley on Saturday, with substitute Darren Stephenson’s late goal denying the Badgers a point.
Indeed, the late goal has been a feature of Eastwood’s season of late, with many of them having denied Chris Shaw’s men either a point or all three.
And on this occasion it saw the hosts take the honours in front of 831 people, Chorley’s largest crowd of the season.
In fact it took little time at all for the home side to register the opening goal.
Just three minutes had passed when Ahmadi Porya was fouled in the penalty area and Tom Ince stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.
The game became a bit subdued after that but Chorley should have gone two ahead when Mark Ross put an effort over the bar on 26 minutes when scoring looked easier.
Eastwood’s first major effort on goal saw player/boss Shaw fire in a free-kick from 30 yards out but keeper Jack Cudworth was equal to the effort.
Andy Teague then headed a corner over the top for the hosts moments later, before another corner came out to Paul Jarvis whose cross was untidily put over the crossbar by Ahmadi.
The home side would then be made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Eastwood plundered an equaliser on 37 minutes.
When a corner was poorly cleared, the ball found its way back into the penalty area were after bobbling around it was poked into the net by Bradley Munn to level the scores.
That was how it stayed until half-time and the second period saw the hosts largely in control.
First a corner found its way to Andy Russell but his shot was cleared off the line, and then they had an even better chance from the penalty spot after a foul on 68 minutes but Adam Roscoe blazed the Magpies’ second spot kick of the game high over the crossbar.
Eastwood were struggling to make progress going forward and it was Chorley who would carve out the better openings, Keil O’Brien heading a good chance over the bar and a corner being flicked wide by Russell.
Badgers keeper Alex Malong was then on hand to save well from Jarvis after Ince’s free-kick fell to him.
Ross drove another effort too high soon afterwards, but then Stephenson, who had only entered the fray three minutes earlier as a substitute, struck on 84 minutes when Roscoe nodded down Ince’s cross and the new arrival netted from close range to secure the victory for the home side and finally bring to an end Eastwood’s dreadful season.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Chorley: 1 Jack Cudworth 2 Mark Ross 3 Andy Russell 4 Andy Teague 5 Keil O’Brien 6 Paul Jarvis 7 Dale Whitham 8 Jamie Vermiglio 9 Adam Roscoe 10 Ahmadi Porya 11 Tom Ince
Subs: Darren Stephenson, Tom Walker, Kieran Walmsley, Luke McKenna, Matt Jansen
Eastwood: 1 Alex Malong 2 Sam Winch 3 Chris Shaw 4 Romaine Graham 5 Sam Craven 6 Paul Riley 7 Dominic Allen 8 Paolo Piliero 9 Scott Rogers 10 Bradley Munn 11 Vijay Selvam
Sub: Josh Raven