Chorley dump Covid-stricken Derby County out of FA Cup in huge third-round upset

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Coronavirus may have stopped fans from attending matches in the third round of the FA Cup – but it did not dampen the drama for Chorley FC.

The National League North outfit picked up a huge scalp in the form of Championship giants Derby County on Saturday lunchtime.

Connor Hall headed home from a corner after just 10 minutes at Victory Park before Mike Calvelely converted a delicate cross six minutes from time to double their lead.

Derby’s team consisted of Under-23s and Under-18s players, however, due to a Covid outbreak in their camp this week.

Wayne Rooney and Derby’s first-team stars could not play, let alone travel to Lancashire, due to having to self-isolate at home.

But Chorley still had a job to do to progress to the fourth round of the competition and they did themselves proud with a dogged performance.

They've already knocked out League One teams Wigan and Peterborough.

And Chorley will now be dreaming of a once-in-a-lifetime Premier League showdown later this month.

The fourth and fifth-round draws takes place on Monday night prior to West Ham’s game away to National League side Stockport County on BT Sport.

  • FA Cup
  • Derby County FC
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Coronavirus

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