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Chorley 1-2 Fleetwood Town

Jack Sowerby's injury-time goal took 10-man Fleetwood past non-league Chorley in the FA Cup first round.

Sixth-tier Chorley, managed by former Blackburn striker Matt Jansen, took a shock lead in the 58th minute when Marcus Carver put away a loose ball.

Fleetwood's Lewie Coyle was sent off for a tackle on Jake Cottrell but they levelled through Devante Cole's header.

Sowerby took advantage of a defensive lapse to set up a second-round tie with seventh-tier Hereford.

A replay was the least deserved by Chorley, who were rarely threatened by a side 71 places above them on the football ladder.

In a game low on chances, Carver was able to pounce when Ashley Eastham's clearance bounced back towards goal off his own team-mate Nathan Pond.

And a boisterous home support at Victory Park, full with 3,500 fans, would have sensed the club's third appearance in the second round was forthcoming when Coyle dived in on Cottrell and was shown a red card.

But it all unravelled in the final 13 minutes, with Cole, the son of former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole, heading in Wes Burns' cross and Sowerby getting between 19-year-old debutant keeper Ollie Byrne and a defender to finish.

Chorley boss Matt Jansen on BT Sport: "It's bitterly tough to take. We were the better team in the first half but they gambled after they had a man sent off. They threw men forwards and their winner was a hopeful ball, a scuffed pass that ended up at their man.

"When they went down to 10 men, you start thinking of an upset. We are gutted but now we concentrate on the league. It's hard to take."

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler on BT Sport: "It was very difficult. We were shocking until we had 10 men.

"We have to be more physical. We learned good lessons. We didn't understand when and where to pass the ball.

"For 60 minutes, we were nowhere near the standards. We couldn't clear our lines, we never won a single header. The subs made the impact.

"Lewie Coyle is a fantastic player but he was frustrated. We will not talk about this today, we need to get the emotions out of the way but we have no complaints about the red card."



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Byrne
  • 5Leather
  • 4Teague
  • 6Jordan
  • 2Challoner
  • 7O'Keefe
  • 8Wilson
  • 11Cottrell
  • 3Blakeman
  • 9CarverBooked at 70minsSubstituted forDarrat 90'minutes
  • 10Walker


  • 12Charnock
  • 15Beesley
  • 16Jarvis
  • 17Azam
  • 18Anson
  • 20Black
  • 23Darr


Formation 3-5-2

  • 21Cairns
  • 12BolgerBooked at 70mins
  • 6PondSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 61'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 2CoyleBooked at 69mins
  • 8Dempsey
  • 18Glendon
  • 4O'NeillSubstituted forBurnsat 64'minutes
  • 3Bell
  • 22HunterSubstituted forSowerbyat 82'minutes
  • 44Cole


  • 1Neal
  • 7Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 9Burns
  • 15Rodgers
  • 23Schwabl
  • 27Biggins
  • 28Sowerby
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chorley 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chorley 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Chorley 1, Fleetwood Town 2. Jack Sowerby (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Glendon with a through ball.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Chorley. Jordan Darr replaces Marcus Carver.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Chorley. Stephen Jordan tries a through ball, but Marcus Carver is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Eastham following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jake Cottrell (Chorley).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Stephen Jordan.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jack Sowerby replaces Ashley Hunter.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Teague (Chorley) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Blakeman with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Chorley. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Cottrell (Chorley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Marcus Carver with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

  15. Post update

    Matthew Challoner (Chorley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Fleetwood Town).

  17. Post update

    Josh Wilson (Chorley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Chorley 1, Fleetwood Town 1. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Wes Burns with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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