Match report: Chipping FC 2 Farington Villa 0

Chipping goalscorer Jake Hollis
Chipping goalscorer Jake Hollis

Mid-Lancashire League

Chipping started strongly in what was expected to be one of their toughest tests of the season but actually turned out to be a pretty routine victory.

Without the injured Jake Unsworth, The Villagers still put the pressure on early, giving the Farington keeper a wake-up call only minutes in.

The midfield pairing of Andrew Kucper and Dean Bradshaw dictated play from the centre of the park and looked to release the attack out wide feeding Kris Bibby and Martin Cookson.

Mark Ross came closest to breaking the deadlock when he headed narrowly over, while Bibby also had a golden opportunity but headed agonisingly wide from Jake Hollis’ free-kick.

Despite Chipping’s dominance the sides went in level at half-time.

They did take their chance, however, shortly after the restart when Hollis found himself in space and showed great awareness to spot the keeper’s poor positioning and fire a shot into the bottom left-hand corner for a 1-0 lead.

Chipping manager Matt Eccles made his first change bringing on James Holt for Ross in an attempt to keep things fresh.

Farington attempted a passage back into the game but had very little joy, being thwarted at every opportunity by the excellent Chipping back four.

Cookson was cautioned for his part in an altercation as Farrington tempers began to fray but he was to be the hero only minutes later.

Hollis was felled in the box and up stepped Cookson who converted from the spot.

Jack Fletcher was introduced in place of Bibby and caused the visitors problems.

When the final whistle sounded Chipping had secured another three points and replaced their opponents in second place with only a handful of games left.

Chipping play Southport and Ainsdale in the Guild Hall Cup semi-final this Friday at Lostock St Gerards (11am). Admission is £4 and all support welcomed.