CHORLEY did leaders Chester City a huge favour by beating the only team able to leapfrog them and grab the automatic promotion sport.
The Magpies are now fighting to secure the best play-off tie, and could well now face Saturday’s opponents Skelmersdale United.
Garry Flitcroft’s side has been consistently inconsistent in recent weeks, and this was another example.
After losing 3-0 to AFC Fylde on Tuesday, they came up with an impressive 2-0 win against second-placed Skelmersdale at Victory Park.
With Dale Whitham and Jamie Vermiglio returning from injury, the Magpies controlled the midfield throughout the game, and deserved the three points.
Chorley went in front on four minutes, when in-form striker Steve Foster chipped the visiting keeper Tom Brocklehurst from the edge of the area, with the ball going in off the inside of the post.
Shortly afterwards, Mark Houghton could have doubled the lead, but Brocklehurst closed down the former Skem player and made a fine blocking save.
Skem had two great chances when a Lloyd Rigby clearance fell straight to the attackers, but the keeper made amends, saving one effort and forcing another on to the bar.
However, the lead was extended on 37 minutes.
A flowing midfield move saw Tom Ince square the ball to Vermiglio on the edge of the area, and the midfielder netted at the second attempt, capping a fine first-half display for the industrious midfielder.
There were few clear chances in the second half for either keeper to deal with.
Rigby showed quick reflexes to make a smart save at close range, but there was the only bit a work for either stopper in the second period.
Skem battled hard to get into the game, but the Magpies did enough to ensure the points stayed in Chorley.
CHORLEY: Lloyd Rigby, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Mark Ross, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney, Jamie Vermiglio (Nathan Fairhurst, 75), Mark Houghton (Adam Roscoe, 82), Steve Foster, Tom Ince (Shelton Payne, 89).
Subs not used: Jordan Stepien, Jonathan Smith.