The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - AL­FRE­TON TOWN 0 CHOR­LEY 2 By Stephen Jones

NICK HAUGHTON’S ma­jes­tic brace was the dif­fer­ence here, but in re­al­ity Al­fre­ton were lucky it wasn’t more.

The Reds threat­ened in the open­ing stages, with Craig West­carr and Chris Sharp both hav­ing at­tempts on goal.

De­spite the early pres­sure, Al­fre­ton’s play­ers and ev­ery­one else in­side the ground were left in shock as the Mag­pies took the lead in won­drous fash­ion.

Haughton gath­ered a loose ball just in­side his own half, looked up and saw Chris El­liott off his line, then pulled off a stun­ning lob that nes­tled into the back of the net from 50 yards.

The mid­fielder, cur­rently on loan from League One Fleet­wood Town, has made close to 50 EFL ap­pear­ances and it showed as he con­tin­ued to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides.

Reds keeper El­liott re­deemed him­self on 35 min­utes, do­ing well to get down low to Josh Wilson’s firm penalty af­ter Steve Wil­liams fouled Mar­cus Carver.

Al­fre­ton had the ball in the net a minute af­ter the restart, only for Sharp to be flagged off­side, be­fore Chor­ley wasted a string of chances from Wilson, sub­sti­tute Ja­son Walker and Carver.

The win was sealed by Haughton af­ter he con­trolled Walker’s neat back­heel and smashed home across El­liott from the edge of the box.

STAR MAN: Nick Haughton (Chor­ley) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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