Chorley’s regular league season finished with a convincing 2-0 away win at Salford City – which was enough to secure a home tie in the play-offs.
The game was played on a bone hard pitch, which accounted for a short return to action for striker John Cunliffe.
Cunliffe has been missing throughout April due to injury, and was withdrawn after a little over 20 minutes to avoid any chance of a relapse.
In a quiet first half, the only thing of note was Jack Dorney’s 42nd minute header, which opened the scoring.
Everyone had expected Shelton Payne to shoot, but his wayward strike was perfect for Dorney to nod in.
The second half was one-way traffic, with Salford ending the game with 10 men after Josh Tinker was sent off for a second yellow.
Chorley made all the running, and it was only a matter of time before a second goal arrived, and it was Payne who netted with a curling ball beyond the keeper, just after the hour mark.
Tom Walker, making a rare appearance as a substitute was unlucky not to score, as was Andy Teague.
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