Chorley recorded their first Vanarama Conference North three points of the season with what was a comfortable victory over Colwyn Bay.
A first half penalty from James Dean and a bullet header from Paul Jarvis in the second half rounded off an excellent evenings work after many had struggled to get to the game on time following a major accident on the M56 that caused traffic mayhem.
With Josh Hine not risked after taking a heavy knock on Saturday and Harry Winter suffering the effects of the flu Garry Flitcroft was forced into making changes to the side with new signing Laquan Esdaille-Biney making his first appearance on the bench.
The game, kicking off a few minutes later to allow Chorley supporters travelling on the coach time to get into the ground after close to three hours of slow travelling, was equally slow to get going but Tom Smyth was soon reminding his former employers and supporters of his abilities with an excellent tackle on seven minutes.
It took quarter of an hour play before Chorley registered their first attempt at goal when Andy Teague nodded wide from a corner, but from here on the Magpies took control of proceedings.
James Dean should have done better when clean through, but Bay keeper Josh Ollerenshaw saved well.
Bay raided forward on the break, but a solid block from Sam Ashton was followed up with a clearance from Smyth.
With a little under ten minutes of the first period remaining Chris Almond speed into the box, but heading away from goal and chasing a lost ball the danger appeared to have gone until Ollerenshaw flattened the winger with the referee immediately pointing to the spot; and Dean converted his second penalty in two games on 38 minutes.
Ollerenshaw then denied Paul Jarvis before Bay almost levelled, but the daisy cutter cross flow across the face of the goal, before being put out for a corner, from which a header flew harmlessly over the bar.
HT: Colwyn Bay 0-1 Chorley
Immediately after the restart Adam Roscoe headed a Adam Dodd corner against the bar as Chorley looked to secure the points rather than hold on for a win.
Roscoe then saw a free-kick rebound to safety off the wall following a foul on Almond and soon after Andy Teague was penalised for climbing by the officials when trying to reach a dangerous corner ball.
Jack Lynch, signed in the summer from Carlisle United, replaced Roscoe to add fresh legs into midfield and put in a solid debut performance.
The match was then won with a goal worthy of winning any game. The impressive Dodd received the ball from Almond on the left flank and whipped in a wonderful which Jarvis latched onto and gave Ollerenshaw no chance with a pin-point bullet header from 6 yards.
With the game well and truly won and Bay struggling to threaten in the final third Adam Mather and Matt Jansen were brought off the bench to get minutes under their belts just before the end.
FT: Colwyn Bay 0-2 Chorley
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Dodd, Andy Teague, Tom Smyth, Jake Cottrell, Chris Almond, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Adam Roscoe, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Adam Mather (Almond, 85), Jack Lynch (Roscoe, 63), Matt Jansen (Dodd, 87), Laquan Esdaille-Biney, Aaron Grundy
Goals: JAMES DEAN (38 pen), PAUL JARVIS (70)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Paul Jarvis, worked hard and scored a stunning header