The Boy Mark arrived early too but the first worrying sign was the relative sizes of the Chorley players...compared to our Bay maestros, these were giants.
|The giants of Chorley....|
|...and the giant-hearted of Whitley.|
"That's not a good start..." and so it proved as Chorley pushed the home team back. However there were signs of a home revival as Kempster and Kris Hughes starting getting joy down the wings through their trickery and determination.
|Hughes finds space...|
|1-0 to the Mighty Bay!|
|Bob and the Boy Mark go crazy mental mad!|
|The paparazzi were there!|
Laptop, dongle and everything!
There was bad news for Super Skipper Reidy as he went down and despite trying to carry on had to be substituted. Dillon Blake came on in his place.
Chorley were gaining more control of the game but Blakey burst forward and was bearing down on the keeper. His shot was saved by the legs of Ashton in the visiting goal and despite falling to Bay feet, they just couldn't find the target.
Into the second half and the onslaught continued. The Shankster was getting no joy as the two monsters at the heart of the Chorley defence showed all their experience to block his path with their titanic frames. Then three minutes into the second half, the visitors laid siege to the Bay goal and after two shots had been blocked by last ditch defending, the third was squeezed in.
There were still moments for the Bay and the Kempstervator burst through on goal but Kieran Charnock (titan no 5 for the visitors) clipped his heals as he pulled away. The ref bottled the red card, much to the annoyance of the majority of the 782 crowd. Bay fan, code-named Mr Angrypants, behind the visiting goal, showed his disgust for the decision more vociferously than the rest of us...but then he was an expert at being angry at home games.
Angrypants was even angrier soon after when Chorley broke after sustained Bay pressure and ended up with a breakaway goal. A long ball across the field ended up with a cross and a header.
|Bay pile on the pressure...|
|Shankster - goal number two! Ta muchly!|
We began to believe again and so did the players. Number 5 for Chorley was becoming public enemy number 1 - now nicknamed "Cuddles" because of his tendency to put his arms around the home forwards.
|Still the Bay press....|
Chorley had been a strong team but the boys had done us proud and certainly given their visitors from 3 leagues above a real shock. Paddy's boys had kept going to the end and it was nice to see Ashton applauding the home fans who had given him grief all game.
The fans that stayed behind warmly applauded both teams off, although there were boos from the seats for the titanic visitors they still applauded the home fans all the same. David had come so close to beating Goliath!