Another Away Draw: Chorley 0-0 Harriers
January 9, 2018

Another Away Draw: Chorley 0-0 Harriers

A dour encounter ended all-square at Victory Park, Harriers leaving with their fifth consecutive away draw.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the game, both bogged down by the poor playing surface, largely cancelling each other out, although Harriers had looked slightly the more likely to win the game.

The most interesting thing to happen didn't arrive until the closing ten minutes when Andre Brown and Matt Challoner were both booked for an off the ball incident, then home goalkeeper Matt Urwin decided to waste time by seeking treatment during which a mass brawl broke out on the touchline clearing both benches and involving most of the players.  After the dust had settled Challoner and Harriers' Tyrone Williams - who was at that stage still an unused substitute - were both sent off and Harriers' John Eustace and Chorley coach Jamie Vermiglio were sent to the stands.

On the field the game had been short on goalmouth action; Harriers' best chances to break the deadlock came from set-pieces.  In the first half James McQuilkin's corners set up both Joe Ironside and Fraser Horsfall who both headed over the bar.

In the 57th minute Elton Ngwatala hit a 20-yard shot straight at Urwin, the game's first on-target shot.  Ryan Croasdale also called Urwin into action later on while the home side didn't manage a single on-target effort all night.

Despite being the home side Chorley appeared to have settled for the draw a long time before being reduced to ten men for the closing stages and were happy to frustrate Harriers who have dropped more points from draws than they have from defeats.