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Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1

By Matt Lawton
October 23 2010

After Rick Gleave's last minute equaliser sealed a point at Chester last weekend, Genesis were put to the sword with each of the goals coming from an ex-Leigh player in front of a crowd of over 1,100 at Victory Park.

With Chorley goalkeeper Aaron Grundy pulling up with an injury in the warm-up, Dean Porter took his place in the Chorley goal to take the figure up to eight ex-Leigh players in the Chorley starting line up, with only Tom Walker, Andy Russell and new signing Aaron Rey having never played for Leigh. In addition to that, ex-Genesis men Matt Jansen, Jonathan Smith and Mark Ross were on the Chorley substitute's bench, with ex-Genesis boss Garry Flitcroft and his former Leigh assistant Mike Quigley in the home dugout.

The visitors, meanwhile, were hit heavily with suspensions, with youngster Denis Barlow replacing Adam Judge in goal as the Genesis number one serves a one game ban, while Paul Williams, Joe Evans and Danny Lyons were also absent through suspension, with Maddox's selection problems not helped by a broken nose suffered by winger Paul Hopkins.

As would be expected of the side currently leading the division, Flitcroft's hosts began brightly and were in front within ten minutes when Dale Whitham, inevitably a former Leigh player who made his debut as a sixteen year old and appeared in over fifty Genesis games, took advantage of an assist from debutant Rey who swooped on an error in the Leigh defence.

The lead was doubled in the twenty second minute when Jordan Stepien, another former Genesis half-centurion, sent the ball looping over Barlow and in to the net via the aid of an Adam Farley deflection.

Leigh's day wasn't improved minutes later when Joe McKane, who has been impressive performer since joining the club last month, pulled up with a nasty-looking injury and had to be replaced by Steve Brockley to prompt a degree of reorganisation in the Leigh side.

Chorley added a third goal in the sixty fifth minute when Barlow upended Stepien in the area, with Jack Dorney, needless to say a former Leigh man, converting the resultant spot kick, remarkably the eighth penalty he has converted already this season.

Genesis went in search of pulling a goal back and went close late on when Brockley was denied by Porter, but they did manage a consolation strike on eighty nine minutes with arguably the goal of the game when John Lawless deftly chipped the ball over Porter for his sixth goal of the campaign.

The defeat leaves Chorley still two points clear at the top of the table, while Leigh are a point clear of bottom-placed Harrogate Railway Athletic ahead of a vital Crilly Park header over the next week. First, Cammell Laird are the visitors on Wednesday night (27th October) for a 7.45pm kick off before Durham City make the long trip on Saturday (30th October, 3pm), with both sides only marginally ahead of Leigh in the league table.

Leigh Genesis; Denis Barlow, Gary Scott, Andy Heald, Tony Rendell, Adam Farley, Rowan Garnett, Brodie Kearns (Jack Burke 69), Joe McKane (Steve Brockley 27), John Lawless, Rick Gleave, Adam Strode (Nick Eastham 69). Subs (not used); Scott Sephton, Mark Maddox

DateSaturday 23rd October 2010
VenueVictory Park, Chorley
Half timeChorley 2 Leigh Genesis 0
CompetitionEvo-Stik League Division One North
Dale Whitham (10)
Jordan Stepien (22)
Jack Dorney (65 pen)
Leigh Genesis
John Lawless (89)


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Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1 (IP Logged)
23/10/2010 20:53
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Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Leyther T (IP Logged)
23/10/2010 21:01
didnt turn up today, healdy ran his socks off as always, gleavesy had a very good game and lawless had to do it all own his own up front, the rest i dont know what happened

Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Leyther_Matt (IP Logged)
23/10/2010 21:18
I suspect they were just too good for us, as most of that side were last season when they played for us. At least we didn't get a thumping, which gives me hope for the return at Crilly.

Big game on Wednesday now and will be a big boost for Judgey to return from his ban.

Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Leyther T (IP Logged)
23/10/2010 21:49
we missed quite a few players to be fair, just think that cos we got summat out of the chester games the lads would think the same would happen today, we didnt test porter at all in the first half and it was only in the last few minutes of the second that we started to test him when eastham came on, so for me Nick has to start on weds, we play better footy with him in the side

Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Walshy Genesis Fan (IP Logged)
23/10/2010 22:42
poor first half - gave them too much time on the ball.

better second half - strung a few passes together and had a couple of shots. impressed with healdy who runs his socks off for the club and lawless who also puts a proper shift in but needs a striker up front with him!!

Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Leyther_Matt (IP Logged)
23/10/2010 23:33
Having watched Lairds at Witton in midweek, two up front is a must with plenty play in the channels between the full backs and centre backs.

Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Leyther T (IP Logged)
24/10/2010 22:09
also i dont think we had any bookings

Re: Chorley 3 Leigh Genesis 1
Leyther_Matt (IP Logged)
25/10/2010 11:41
No apparently not, seems the recent issues are starting to go away, thankfully.

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