Leaders strike late to beat battling Frickley

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Two late goals saw Frickley Athletic go down 2-0 at title-chasing Chorley in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Playing in atrocious conditions with one goalmouth heavily sanded and parts of the pitch very heavy indeed the Blues defended well against their high-flying opponents with Fernando Moke being lively.

Both he and Jake Picton had chances in the first half-hour, but James Dean was proving a handful for Chorley who had the better of the first half but never really tested goalkeeper Tom Woodhead on his return from injury.

Jimmy Ghaichem almost snatched a goal in the 53rd minute, shooting just wide, while Paul Jarvis went close at the other end as the Blues’ defence held firm.

Keil O’Brien’s strong free-kick was well held by Woodhead on 65 minutes, but Chorley took the lead on 74 minutes. Dean was, for once, allowed some space to score with a strong shot.

Chorley managed to scramble the ball away following a Frickley corner on 80 minutes and two minutes later Luke Hinsley replaced Ghaichem.

The home side cleared another Frickley corner in added time and, as Frickley’s tired legs failed to get back to defend, Dale Whitham scored from close range.

Chorley: Sam Ashton, Kieran Walmsley, Paul Jarvis, Mark Ross, Keil O’Brien, Jake Cottrell, Jack Dorney, Paul Woolcott, James Dean (Brandon Zibaka 93), Dale Whitham, Darren Stephenson (Adam Roscoe 83). Unused subs. Jamie Vermiglio, Simon Wiles, Aaron Grundy

Frickley Athletic : Tom Woodhead, Steve Gardner, Lee Stratford, Jake Picton, Sam Denton, Luke Jeffs, Fernando Moke, Joe Wilcox, Ryan Paczkowski, Leon Osborne, Jimmy Ghaichem (Luke Hinsley 82). Unused subs. Andy Villermann, George Grayson, Joe Kenny, Jon Hood

Referee: Mr. P. Gooch

Attendance: 593.