Chorley 2 Lancaster City 1
Midfielder Jamie Vermiglio headed home an 84th-minute winner on Tuesday to help Chorley to keep up the pressure on leaders Chester City.
It was an unhappy return for former Magpies manager Tony Hesketh, who has seen his playing budget at Lancaster City slashed since Christmas.
New Chorley striker Steve Foster started brightly on his home debut, linking up well with his strike partner John Cunliffe, who volleyed wide on 13 minutes.
But the former Manchester United youngster made amends a minute later when he slotted the ball past Martin Fearon to make it 1-0.
Tom Ince and defender Andy Russell went close to extending the Magpies lead, before Russell made fantastic a last-ditch block to keep Lancaster out.
Chorley keeper Lloyd Rigby made a save from a free-kick before the break to preserve the home side’s lead ahead of Garry Flitcroft’s half-time team talk.
The hosts brought on fresh legs for the second 45 minutes, with Shelton Payne replacing Cunliffe.
A flurry of chances went the way of the visitors and Rigby had to be on top of his game to keep Chorley ahead.
But he could not do anything about Alex Meaney’s 63rd-minute effort, which levelled the score.
Sensing the tide was turning away from Chorley, Flitcroft brought on Jerome Fitzgerald, and the Magpies again started to win the midfield tussle.
Fitzgerald, Steve Flitcroft and Vermiglio almost regained the hosts’ lead, but it was looking like another one of those frustrating nights at Victory Park.
But with the clock ticking down, the Magpies’ efforts were finally rewarded when Vermiglio found the back of the net.