Ashton United 3 Chorley 1
Steve Flitcroft’s sending off after just seven minutes proved costly as Ashton United came from behind to grab a win.
The ex-Bamber Bridge ace was given his marching orders for his tackle on hosts striker Aaron Burns – a challenge which costs him his place in the final of the Lancashire Trophy on March 12.
It had all started well, with Adam Roscoe shooting straight at the keeper.
Tom Ince also had an opportunity, before Matt Walwyn finished from 12 yards after Ince’s cross.
The lead lasted little more than 10 minutes, when the hosts levelled.
On-loan Stockport County striker Matty Kosylo took advantage of some wayward marking to stab home at the far post.
The Magpies started to tire as Ashton made the numerical advantage count, but it was still level until 75 minutes as Chorley’s diehard defence held strong.
Not content with taking the lead, Ashton netted twice in quick succession, both goals scored ironically by Burns – the first a close-range header and the second a smart finish into the bottom corner.
Chorley now lie in third spot in the Evostik Premier League.
Chorley: Russell Saunders, Mark Ross, Matt Walwyn, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Adam Roscoe, Steve Flitcroft, Steve Foster, Tom Ince
Subs: Wayne Maden, Tom Williams (Vermiglio, 56), Jordan Bowen, Ali Brown (Walwyn, 56), Amadi Proya