Newcastle United 1-1 Chorley: Late strike a cruel blow for Lady Magpies

Newcastle United vs Halifax
Newcastle United taking on Halifax at Kingston Park.

Newcastle United were left frustrated at Kingston Park as they squandered a win in the final seven minutes against Chorley.

Elson’s first half strike looked to have been enough for Becky Langley’s side, but it was cancelled out by Laura Walker’s very late free kick from at least 30 yards out.

Kacie Elson opened the scoring after 25 minutes with a fine lob shot from the edge of the area.

With just seven minutes left to play, Laura Walker fired home a 30-yard free-kick to level things up for Chorley.

It took until the 23rd minute for the first chance of the game to fashion itself in what was a relatively poor start to the game.

First half stunner from Elson

Daisy Burt was released down the right and delivered to the back post where Kacie Elson saw her volley fly wide of the post under pressure.

That chance wasn’t to live too long in the memories, however, as just minutes later Elson turned on the edge of the box and lobbed Emma Bradley.

Newcastle got let off by Chorley minutes into the second half when a Chorley header was goal bound, only for Sharna Wilkinson to get her head in the away and block the effort from six yards out.

Georgia Gibson pounced on a loose ball just outside the Chorley box and skipped past one defender before forcing a good save low down from Bradley.

Chorley battle hard for a point

Walker’s 30-yard free kick lopped over the head of Grace Donnelly, bounced off the bar, onto the line and marginally crept over, sending the visiting side wild.

Newcastle failed to make their dominance of possession count and were punished right at the death by a Chorley side who were well organised all game.

Heading into stoppage time and Newcastle thought they’d edged back in front from a corner but they couldn’t quite get the ball over the line with some brave defending and goalkeeping coming to Chorley’s rescue.

While Newcastle will know they can and should be playing better in this division, they are remaining competitive and are yet to be blown away by any opponent which will be a slight positive for Becky Langley.

Player of the Match

In what was a rather disapointing afternoon at Kingston Park, not many players stood out as having a fine afternoon, but the goalscorer Kacie Elson had plenty of endeavour and never stopped driving at the Chorley defence.

Despite being on the end of a pretty tasty challenge in the first half, Elson refused to let that stop her afternoon just getting bandaged up at half time and ended up playing the entire game.

Elson put in a solid performance and can hold her head high after the draw, not to mention her wonderful goal in the first half which looked to have set Newcastle United on their way to three points.

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