Darlo 2-2 Chorley one point gained or two dropped

On paper starting the day in the relegation zone, a point against playoff chasing Chorley isn’t the worst result. However, I came away feeling disappointed yet again.

Like the majority of the games in the Tommy Wright era there are positives to take but it hasn’t put the three points on the board that we so badly needed.

Up until opening the scoring, we played some great football. We kept it on the floor and got in behind the Chorley defence several times, with Joe Wheatley missing a great chance when the game was 0-0.

Once again Reece Styche took his goal superbly and he will need to continue finishing like that for us to have a chance of surviving. The only criticism I have is there were a number of occasions when he tried to do it all on his own when there were better options on.

After this initial spell, we struggled to create many clear openings. Stephen Thompson put away the penalty well, but in the second half, we lacked that cutting edge.

I know he is a fan favourite and the other options available are far from great but we need someone other than Harvey Saunders as a striker after Styche. He runs, he tries hard and he has bags of pace. Yet, he just seems too lightweight and doesn’t have that little bit of quality that we need.

Chorley had the joint best defensive record in the league before today and we were able to score two against them, it could have been more. However, our frailties at the other end meant it wasn’t enough to get the points we so badly needed.

Despite their league position and defence, Chorley have not scored that many this season but they looked dangerous every time going forward. Even before their first goal, we were lucky a couple of times to get away with errors but there is only so long that can happen.

Yet again, it was our own downfall rather than Chorley quality for the goals. The first came from a misplaced pass in midfield, with the second seeing Adam Trotman failing to clear his lines, giving away possession in a very dangerous position. In fact, if it wasn’t for a fantastic late save from Aynsley Pears, we would have come away with nothing.

The final disappointment for me today was that in the last ten minutes we had a man advantage following the sending off plus seven minutes stoppage time, but never really pushed or looked like scoring. We needed a win and that was the perfect platform to go for it.

While the league table now sees us outside the relegation zone it doesn’t make for pleasant viewing. Telford and Gainsborough below us both have three games in hand. Alfreton and Southport moved away from immediate danger with victories while our trip to Leamington next week again looks a must win.

In answer, if it was one point gained or two dropped, for me it is two dropped. Regardless of where Chorley were in the table, we led twice at home, gifted the opposition a way back into the game twice and failed to push the extra man advantage at the end.

If we are to stay up we need to turn these draws and positive performances into wins and quickly. Time is running out.


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