While goals were flooding in elsewhere in the Vanarama Conference North, Chorley ended the regular season with a draw in a game they could have won comfortably.
The first half saw the Magpies dominate and create a hat full of chances; while the second period also saw us carve open a few opportunities Solihull edged back into the game without testing Sam Ashton.
The Magpies started strong with Josh Hine and Harry Winter both going close in the opening minutes then the lively Jack Dorney sliced an opening wide.
A peach of a cross from Jake Cottrell dissected the Moors back line, but when the ball arrived at Hines feet the pitch beat the striker and the ball spooned up with Hine slicing his effort.
Dorney then deftly lobbed Tom Breedon but the ball agonisingly dropped the wrong side of the cross bar.
James Dean had two efforts in quick succession, but neither brought the goal Chorley’s play deserved.
Paul Jarvis whipped a free-kick into the centre of the goal, but Breedon saved easily the final chance of the half.
During the interval it was eyes down to check scores elsewhere; with Barrow winning, Fylde, Boston ourselves level and Guiseley losing it mean no change at the top and Boston at home on Wednesday evening was looking likely.
After the break there was nothing of note until Reece Fleet shot wide.
Dorney, Chris Doyle and Adam Roscoe were all withdrawn in quick successions with Chris Almond, Matty Flynn and Aaron Burns joining the action. Both Doyle and Roscoe leaving the field with ankle injuries meaning physio Danny Fishwick will be on overtime before the semi-final first leg.
Burns’ positional instincts saw him in the right place twice soon after coming on. The first though saw the ball spin away from him with the aid of a bobble but the second saw the former Nantwich hitman setting his sights on goal but shooting nearer to Adlington with a wild strike.
Cottrell lashed a volley wide then in injury time the pitch again denied the Magpies when Almond was bamboozled by a wicked bobble.
At the final whistle it was again eyes down. The only change from half time saw Fylde winning but Barrow were confirmed champions so the semi-final line-ups were confirmed as:
Chorley -v- Boston United
Guiseley -v- AFC Fylde
Meanwhile at the bottom and despite winning 5-3 at Worcester City, Colwyn Bay joined Leamington and Hyde in dropping down a level, mainly thanks to ex-Magpie Chris Simm netting twice in Stalybridge’s 4-4 draw with gave Celtic the point they needed to stay up.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Paul Jarvis, Andy Teague, Chris Doyle, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Harry Winter, James Dean, Jack Dorney, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Chris Almond (Dorney, 54), Aaron Burns (Roscoe, 70), Jack Lynch, Matt Flynn (Doyle, 67), Adam Mather
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Paul Jarvis, looked like a seasoned full back – solid as a rock