Chorley had to settle for a share of the spoils against Worcester City in an exciting Conference North encounter at Victory Park.
The result means the Magpies have now not won in four league games, taking just two points from a possible twelve, but play-off hopes are still in our hands as we enter the final third of the season.
Today, after leading twice we had to dig deep to find an equaliser after Worcester twice equalised and then took the lead with just less than half an hour to go.
To say the Victory Park is far from ideal at the moment is the understatement of the season, but both sides rolled up their sleeves and put on a great display for the neutrals, while supporters of both sides were no doubt thinking “what if” at the final whistle.
Chris Doyle, on loan from Morecambe, opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he finished from close range following up an Aaron Burns effort that visiting keeper Ryan Boot parried.
Josh Hine almost doubled the lead on 17 minutes, but the keeper foiled the one-on-one chance and from this City hit on the counter with Tristan finding himself facing Sam Ashton and he showed how to finish with just the keeper to beat.
On the half hour mark Chorley’s two strikers combined for the second, but it was a role reversal from what most would expect. A ball over the top was flicked on by the diminutive Burns to James Dean and this big hit man made no mistake drilling in left footed from 18 yards for his twentieth goal in all competitions this season.
At two-one up Chorley should have killed the game off. Chris Almond beat the defence but not the post or the pitch as his chipped agonisingly wide after a difficult dribble forward and Hine jumped fractionally too early and headed up nodding the ball over from a near perfect Dean cross.
After the interval the game reminded many of Tuesday night as the visitors came out one top, forcing two great saves from Ashton early on.
On 62 minutes the game was all square again when Dunkley got onto the end of a long ball easily beat Ashton.
Less than 60 seconds later City were in front for the first time. Straight from the restart they attacked, Dunkley this time turning provider, laying off to Mike Symons who finished from close range.
Chorley managed to wake themselves from the slumber they had been in since the interval, with a helping hand from the lively substitute Chris Simms.
With just under half an hour to go it was all square once again. A superb delivery from Adam Mather was met at the back post by Doyle who made no mistake with his header.
Two minutes later it was nearly four for the Magpies, but Dean’s shot went agonisingly wide with many supporters giving a loud “Yeeeaa…aaaawwwww” as the ball rolled beyond the post!
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Chris Doyle, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Aaron Burns, Chris Almond
Subs: Chris Simm (Almond, 69), Adam Roscoe, Harry Winter (Burns, 82), Matt Flynn, Jack Lynch
Goals: CHRIS DOYLE (13), Tristan Dunkley (20), JAMES DEAN (30), Tristan Dunkley (62), Mike Symons (63), CHRIS DOYLE (77)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Chris Doyle, first and last on the score card and excellent at the back throughout.