Chorley progressed to the semi-final of The Partners Foundation Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy with a narrow victory over a spirited Clitheroe.
With our well documented recent ‘iffy’ run, Clitheroe had obviously done their homework and felt their best tactic was to go all-out attack, which they did.
Sefton Gonzalez and Louis Mayers were a constant handful throughout a goalless first half with Clitheroe carving out the first three chances of the game with Scott Bakkor testing Sam Ashton, Daniel Brady shooting wide then Bakkor hit the woodwork.
The Magpies replied through Mark Ross, who fired a thunderous shout inches over the bar, but neither side could break the deadlock before half time.
After the interval Sam Cosgrove came on for Keiran Charnock for the Magpies as Chorley went 442.
Five minutes into the half Gonzalez pounced to slot home beyond Ashton, beating the keeper after a blistering run into the box.
This forced Chorley to come out looking for an equaliser, and six minutes later Dale Whitham got himself onto the end of a James Dean centre to head beyond Benjamin Woodhead in the visitor’s goal.
Both sides traded blows, but it took a piece of great wing play from Paul Jarvis to open up the defence and gift Cosgrove a first goal in black & white.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Max Cartwright, Andy Teague, Keiran Charnock, Jake Cottrell, Paul Jarvis, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Andy Bond, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Adam Roscoe, Lewis Guy, Sam Cosgrove (Charnock, 45), Jordan Darr, Lloyd Rigby
Goals: Sefton Gonzalez (50), DALE WHITHAM (56), SAM COSGROVE (80)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Paul Jarvis