A tenacious Bucks display was rewarded with a point, however
the game centred around referee Barry Lamb, whose decisions throughout the game
had Gavin Cowan and Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio both fuming and scratching their
The game couldn’t have started better for Vermiglio’s side.
After just nine minutes they led, when Magpies crafted a chance for skipper and
talisman Andy Teague to crash a 20-yard shot past Joe Bursik.
The Bucks responded. Matt Urwin, saved well at his near post
when Daniel Udoh wriggled free to shoot, and then denied Shane Sutton, getting
a touch on his effort from the resulting corner.
It had been nearly all Chorley, but on 26 minutes, Udoh
latched onto a ball in the area and Urwin appeared to fell him as he reached
for the ball. Referee Lamb gave no foul. Udoh, playing as a lone front runner
and getting midfield support from Darryl Knights and James McQuilkin, went
close again before the half ended.
HALF TIME: Chorley 1 AFC Telford United 0
Chorley began the second period looking for a goal to put
the game beyond Telford. Bursik saved with an outstretched foot from Marcus
Carver, then turned Teague’s low shot from the right of the box around a post.
Urwin too was busy, and produced a terrific stop to turn a deflected Daniels
free-kick wide when he appeared wrong-footed.
On 70 minutes the real drama began. After Theo Streete was
booked for a foul on Carver, the referee seemed to respond to calls from an
excitable home crowd and dismissed a bemused Ellis Deeney for an alleged stamp
in the play that preceded the booking.
Substitute Ryan Barnett cleared off the line from Elliot
Newby’s cross, before Darryl Knights responded, firing a crisp, first-time shot
straight at Urwin.
With five minutes remaining, Daniels received the ball with
his back to goal, on the edge of the box, and was barged over. Mr Lamb gave a
free-kick, then changed his mind, to Chorley’s astonishment awarding a penalty.
Daniels stepped up to lash home the kick, sending Urwin the wrong way.
There was still time for more. Bursik was penalised for
timewasting with an indirect free-kick in the area, the Bucks deflecting
Courtney Meppen-Walter’s effort wide. Teague had another low and hard cross
hacked to safety, then substitute Shaun Tuton fired wide, home fans initially
thinking the ball was in the net.
A breathless, baffling and bizarre last 25 minutes had ended
with what, at one point, had looked to be an unlikely Bucks point in the bag.Chorley: Urwin, Challoner (Jordan 40, Tuton 88), Blakeman,
Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, Whitham, Cottrell, Carver, Wilson (Almond
Unused Substitutes: McGurk, Hooper.
Scorers: Teague (9).
Cautions: Leather, Whitham.