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Notts 5-1 Chorley

Emphatic victory at the Lane

26 August 2019

Notts County came from behind to secure their first home win of the season by beating ten-man Chorley 5-1 on Monday afternoon.

Lewis Baines' header had given the visitors the lead inside the opening 10 minutes but Nathan Tyson's first goal since signing in the summer sent the sides into the break level. 

Quickfire goals from Enzio Boldewijn and Kristian Dennis saw Notts establish a comfortable advantage over recently-promoted Chorley, which Wes Thomas extended with his first and second goals for the club, before Josh O'Keefe was dismissed for the Lancashire outfit. 

Neal Ardley made four changes to the side that drew at Ebbsfleet just 48 hours earlier. Dion Kelly-Evans returned from injury to start at right back, while Zoumana Bakayogo came in on the opposite side of defence, which meant Damien McCrory moved into a central role alongside Ben Turner.

Jim O'Brien also came into the XI, lining up on the left side of a midfield four featuring skipper Michael Doyle, Mitch Rose and Boldewijn, while Dennis kept his place to partner Tyson in attack.

Thomas, Regan Booty and Sam Graham all dropped to the bench, with Connell Rawlinson absent due to the knock that saw him withdrawn at half-time in Kent. 

O'Brien sent a pair of dangerous free-kicks into the Chorley area during the opening exchanges but, with no Notts player able to get a telling touch, it was the visitors who claimed the first clear-cut chance of the afternoon on six minutes.

Alex Newby picked up the ball outside the area and played a neat pass to release Marcus Carver in behind. He shot low across goal and Sam Slocombe had to get down well to his left to make a smart stop and turn his effort past the post. Elliot Newby fired over when the resultant corner was cleared to the edge of the box. 

The visitors' bright start was rewarded on nine minutes, however, as a familar problem reared its head once again for the hosts. 

The lively Alex Newby was the architect as his left-wing corner picked out Baines, who powered a header home from eight yards out. 

Notts were struggling to find a foothold in the game and the visitors were almost gifted an opening on 20 minutes when a sloppy pass from Rose presented Elliot Newby with possession 30 yards from Slocombe's goal - the midfielder recovered to apply pressure on the Chorley man and he fired well off target. 

Intricate build-up from the visitors would have seen them double their lead had Carver brought Alex Newby's pass under cotrol when he was picked out inside the area, but his touch got away from him and Notts were let off the hook. 

The striker had another opportunity shortly afterwards when goalkeeper Billy Crellin sent a free-kick deep into the hosts' half and Carver picked up the second ball before firing over on the stretch. 

It had not been a good start for Notts who, with the exception of Tyson sending a speculative effort over, were struggling to create much in an attacking sense.

It was Chorley who continued to look the more likely and when Alex Newby cut back for his namesake Elliot inside the home side's area, they looked set to double their advantage, only for the shot to curl past Slocombe's left post.

Moments later, on the half-hour, the visitors were made to pay for their spurned chances. Doyle's deep cross was excellently nodded back to Tyson by O'Brien and the striker clinically finished to open his Notts account.

Chorley quickly looked to restore their advantage and Carver again looked dangerous, getting in down the left before shooting from a tight angle. Slocombe made a good save to keep the ball out.

The home side went straight down the other end and had a sighter of their own when goal-scorer Tyson showed great desire to put the visiting defenders under pressure and the ball broke for Dennis, whose shot was well blocked on the edge of the box.

He had another sniff moments later when, after patient build-up, Bakayogo whipped a dangerous cross into the Chorley area and Dennis climbed highest but couldn't keep his header down.

Notts continued to probe for the remainder of the opening period but, even with two minutes of additional time, couldn't carve out another clear opening and the sides returned to their dressing rooms level. 

Chorley were straight out of the traps following the resumption as Carver showed excellent footwork in a tight area to win a free-kick in the corner of the pitch. Adam Blakeman curled the set piece in and O'Keefe headed wide beyond the far post.

That proved to be as good as it got for the visitors, though, as the game was quickly taken away from them with Notts scoring twice inside four minutes early in the second period.

First it was Boldewijn on 49 minutes, who, in a style that has become almost synonmous with him, cut in off the flank to curl home past Crellin - the only difference this time being that the strike came from his weaker left foot as he netted for the third time this season.

Not wanting to fall behind in the top goal-scorer stakes, Dennis got in on the act four minutes later, receiving the ball to feet from O'Brien before arrowing an effort into the bottom corner on the turn, taking his tally for the campaign to three as well.

Elliot Newby sent a tame free-kick into the stands before Chorley skipper Andy Teague headed over from Blakeman's corner as the visitors looked for a response.

On the hour, Tyson made way for Thomas and five minutes later he was off the mark, turning home after Dennis had sqaured from O'Brien's floated cross. 

He doubled his tally with 71 on the clock with the pick of Notts' goals, rifling a strike into the top corner from 20 yards on his left foot.

Thomas was brought down inside the centre circle as O'Keefe picked up his first yellow card shortly before Graham and Booty were introduced for Kelly-Evans and Bakayogo on 75, with McCrory and Rose going to full back. 

And within two minutes of the substitutions, the Chorley man was given his marching orders after a foul on Booty in the centre of the park.

Notts looked to make their man advantage count and worked the ball neatly around the visitors' box with Boldewijn, Thomas and McCrory all involved before O'Brien floated a shot over the crossbar.

He had another sighter moments later when Turner headed down Booty's corner for the Scot to strike on the volley but his effort was well blocked. It broke to Graham, who audaciously looked to loop the ball over his own head and into the top corner, which had Crellin scrambling but he managed to push the ball over his own bar.

Chasing his hat-trick, Thomas sent an effort over the bar from range just before three minutes of added time were indicated.

They went by in the blink of an eye as Notts recorded an eye-catching victory in front of over 5,000 supporters on bank holiday Monday. 

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Tickets: Chorley (H)

Bank holiday Monday at the Lane

26 August 2019

Tickets are now on sale for Notts County's clash with Chorley on Monday 26 August (kick-off 3pm).

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Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 or over rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

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Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

Click here for pre-Chorley opening hours.

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To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email commercial@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

Click here to view our range of packages.

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Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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