Chorley 2-1 Leeds United
Report supplied by Chorley FC.
Above: Rachel Hindle equals the scores for Chorley from the spot. Photo: John Shirras.
After a battling display last week saw Chorley take all 3 points away at Bradford City, this week they faced a Leeds side who are already fancied by most for promotion this season after heavy financial backing from the men’s club.
Chorley started the game the better of the two sides and should have gone ahead when a failed clearance from the Leeds keeper fell kindly to Matthews who has been in excellent form of late but her shot was straight back at the relieved keeper.
Leeds looked dangerous down the wings but it was Chorley who continued to play the better football. Against the run of play Leeds were awarded a dubious penalty when Worth was judged to have caught the Leeds winger. Striker Danby tucked away the penalty.
Matthews then had a further chance when a lovely through ball by Worth saw her one on one with the Leeds keeper, the striker chipped the keeper with the goal mouth open but the ball drifted just wide of the post.
It was then Bradley’s chance in the Chorley goal to spring into action as she was forced to make a point blank save from the Leeds left winger.
Chorley were pushing for the equaliser and Hickson on the left was beginning to grow into the game it was her tricky run into the Leeds penalty area that saw her taken out by a clumsy challenge and it was Chorley’s turn from the spot. Hindle stepped up and made no mistake with a beautiful finish into the top corner to level the scores.
Leeds came out stronger in the second half and dominated the first 10 minutes with Bradley forced into making a couple of good saves. Chorley then settled back into the game and began to play the better football.
Mackay, Walker and Bell worked tirelessly in the Chorley midfield to snuff out any danger from Leeds midfield despite then making changes. Leeds were beginning to get frustrated and another late challenge on Hickson allowed Walker to float in a free kick which Hickson unmarked at the back post expertly floated over the hapless Leeds keeper to give Chorley the lead their performance deserved 2-1.
Chorley knew they would need to dig deep to get all 3 points and they did just that; Bradley making a couple of outstanding saves in the last 10 mins as well as some excellent defending from the whole team. Having a strong bench helped as Gooden was able to make strong substitutions to push through to full time.
CHORLEY: Bradley, Searson, Topping, Bell (Evans 82), Hindle, Mackay, Jones (Stocks 46), Matthews (Wood 80), Hickson, Worth, Walker. Subs not used: Catlow, Mills.
Scorers: Hindle pen 41, Hickson 67.
LEEDS UNITED: Wattam, Hunter, Hamill (C), Hannon, Bass, Underdown (Bartup 46), K Hunt, R Hunt (Smith 72), Brown, Danby, Williams (Soares-Martins 46): Subs not used: Joyce, Trickett.
Scorer: Danby pen 10.