Nationwide League North facet Chorley are within the fourth spherical of the FA Cup for the primary time of their 138-year historical past, after defeating a Derby facet decreased to fielding a complete crew of youth gamers following a Covid-19 outbreak.
With interim supervisor Wayne Rooney and his whole first-team squad isolating, improvement coach Pat Lyons chosen a Derby facet and not using a single minute of senior sport time. Such was the extent of inexperience within the away facet, the Derby gamers wore numbers 1-11 on their shirts, because of none of them truly having a senior squad quantity.
They did the Championship membership proud with their endeavour however finally didn’t keep away from elimination, after targets from Connor Corridor and Mike Calveley deservedly ensured Chorley grew to become the primary sixth-tier facet to succeed in this stage of the FA Cup since Havant & Waterlooville in 2008. The Lancashire membership at the moment are additionally just one win away from turning into simply the tenth crew at their stage to succeed in the fifth spherical.
However it doesn’t matter what occurs subsequent, Chorley shall be within the hat for the final 16, because the draw for rounds 4 and 5 will happen on the identical time. Their supervisor, Jamie Vermiglio, who works as a headteacher at an area college, had burdened his facet have been nonetheless underdogs regardless of the Covid outbreak which had depleted Derby’s ranks.
But inside 10 minutes they have been forward, after Derby didn’t clear their strains from a Willem Tomlinson nook and allowed Corridor to go in on the close to put up. 4 minutes earlier, Derby thought that they had gained a penalty when Matthew Urwin introduced down Cameron Cresswell, however the referee, Kevin Pal, modified his determination after deciding Urwin had gained the ball.
That, in reality, was the closest Derby got here to troubling Chorley all afternoon. The younger Rams gamers have been definitely not quick on spirit however they lacked the physicality to match their extra senior opponents, regardless of the hosts, who’re one hundred and twenty fifth within the league pyramid, being a part-time outfit.
Chorley dominated nearly all of the competition, and after a number of near-misses both facet of half-time, their management was lastly rewarded seven minutes from time, when Calveley prodded dwelling from an Elliot Newby cross to make sure their place within the subsequent spherical.