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Rovers 7 Chorley 0

20 November 2018

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Alfie May hit his first professional hat-trick as Rovers equalled their record cup victory after a resounding win over National League North high-flyers Chorley.

May grabbed three goals in the first half before adding one more to his tally shortly before the end, with Matty Blair, Herbie Kane and John Marquis all getting on the scoresheet.

It was a bright start from the visitors who were looking to pull off a famous cup upset in the first round, with Alex Newby and Louis Almond both seeing early chances go amiss.

Rovers who would take the lead, though, with just seven minutes on the clock, with Kane, who’s double earned Rovers a replay, at the heart of it.

His brilliantly-weighted diagonal ball was floated into the area into the path of May, and he controlled the ball well to fire across Matt Urwin and into the back of the net via the far post.

Rovers almost doubled their lead five minutes later as James Coppinger worked his way into the area, rounding Matt Urwin in the Chorley goal, however a heavy touch round the stopper saw him only able to strike the base of the post with his effort.

Rovers would not have to wait long for their second as a Coppinger corner was met by Tom Anderson, and he headed back across goal for Blair to nod in at the back post.

It would be three just short of the half-hour mark, as Blair’s surge down the left enabled him to pull the ball back all the way to Kane, and the Liverpool loanee added to his stunner in the original game with another one from distance.

He struck low with his first-time effort to rifle into the corner from 25 yards past the despairing dive of Urwin.

Kane would be at the heart of another Rovers goal two minutes later as his one-two with May enabled the striker to get through on goal and fire across
Urwin for his second and Rovers fourth of the match.

May sealed his hat-trick with just 36 minutes of the game played, making it five when pouncing on Andy Butler’s shot, which Urwin saved superbly to deny the defender, but May smashed into the back of the net to claim the match ball before the break.

Urwin would be at his best again after the interval, firstly denying his own player from scoring an own goal as he got down brilliantly to stop Courtney Meppen-Walter’s header back from going in the corner.

Not long after that Rovers would be down to 10 men, as Anderson was given a second yellow for a questionable challenge comfortably inside the Chorley half, but the referee had already made up his mind and showed the defender a red card.

Urwin then saved a Marquis penalty after he brought the striker down himself, guessing the right way to slightly redeem himself for conceding the spot kick in the first place.

May would notch his fourth of the game when he slotted into the near post following a through ball past Urwin.

Marquis did get in on the act, challenging Kane for the accolade of best goal of the game, as he collected the ball from Blair before cutting back onto his left foot and curling deliciously into the far top corner to make it seven.

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