Chorley Ladies kept their title hopes alive after Kay Unsworth scored the winner in a 1-0 home victory over Chester-le-Street Town.
Unsworth’s goal came midway through the second half and was enough to seal a battling three points.
Chorley now sit just two points behind table-toppers Mossley Hill in the Northern Combination League.
Sunday’s game started at a brisk pace with the home side starting the stronger.
Vicky Coope came close early on but she failed to hit the target with a righ-footed strike.
The Chorley back-line looked as solid as ever as all high balls were dealt with comfortably.
As the game settled, it became a battle of the midfields, with Sarah Berry and Katherine Bonner largely controlling it for Chorley.
The pair expertly picked passes out and it took some last ditch defending from Chester-le-Street to keep the sides level.
Chorley continued their quick pace and almost took the lead just after the half-hour mark.
The influential Natalie Parry whipped a ball into the penalty area, and Coope nipped in front of her defender only to be denied by a fantastic
Parry also came close towards the end of the half but saw her effort glimpse past the far post.
The second half began with Chorley continuing with their structured pressure.
Chester-le-Street struggled to get out of their own half and Berry came close but missed from six yards.
The game then lost its pace slightly and turned scrappy.
But Chorley continued to battle and won a corner after a long-range effort from Olivia Millington was tipped wide.
The corner came in and bounced in the box, the ball could only be half-cleared by the Chester-le-Street
Berry pounced on the loose ball and passed to Unsworth, who fired it into the back of the net to give the hosts a deserved lead.
The goa sparked the visitors into life and the North East outfit grew into the game pressurising the Chorley back-line.
But the ladies stood firm, defending anything that was thrown at them and showed why they will be going into the final stages of the season still in the hunt for silverware.
Chorley could have scored again late on in the game.
But it wasn’t to be so it was Unsworth’s solitary strike which sealed an all-important three points.