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On This Day 2: Macclesfield Town 3 v 1 Chorley

13 April 2020

Twenty-four years ago, Macclesfield Town took a giant leap towards the Twin Towers of Wembley Stadium, as we secured a 3 - 1 victory against Chorley in the first leg of the FA Umbro Trophy Semi-Final.

The reigning Vauxhall Conference champions earned a place in the last four with a 2 - 0 away victory at Gresley Rovers, yet it was the visitors who unquestionably started the brightest.

Sammy McIlroy's side looked uncharacteristically nervous during the opening exchanges, yet did manage to forge the first real chance of note when Kevin Hulme's venomous twenty-five yard drive was tipped over the bar by Marsh in the Chorley goal.

Yet The Magpies sensed our initial trepidation and just after the quarter-hour mark Ryan Price's weak clearance was seized upon by Lee Trundle, yet after storming into the penalty area he could only manage to send his effort wide of the far post.

Chorley would break the deadlock shortly after however, as good link-up play from Leitch and McKearney on the right led to the latter despatching a tantalising cross into the Macc penalty area and Hook took full advantage by heading into the top corner of the net.

Going behind certainly acted as a tangible catalyse for McIlroy's side, who were stunned into life after the opening goal.

Macc began to dominate possession and Marsh was called upon just before the interval when he brilliantly tipped Phil Power's fizzing shot across the face of goal wide if the far post.

Trailing at the break, Macc looked to convert their dominance into goals during the second period and deservedly restored parity in the 51st minute - albeit in fortuitous circumstances.

Darren Lyons launched a mesmerising run down the right-hand flank, before sending a wicked low cross into the penalty area and as he attempted to clear the ball, visiting defender Thorpe inadvertently sliced the ball into the net in what was a cruel misfortune.

Macc continued to lay siege on the Chorley goal, yet due to a combination of superb goalkeeping and sheer bad luck it seemed that the first instalment of the tie would end all-square.

Yet with six minutes remaining, another surging Lyons run resulted in his crossing to the back post and there was Marc Coates to emphatically volley Macc ahead from an acute angle.

Three minutes later Phil Power added a third when he cut inside from the right, before hitting a magnificent low drive into the bottom corner to give Macc a two-goal cushion ahead of the trip to Victory Park seven days later.

Macclesfield Town: Price, Edey, Gardiner, Payne, Howarth, Sorvel, Lyons, Hulme, Coates, Power, Hemmings.

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