Johns’ happy despite late missed kick

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North Lancashire Division Two

Old Bedians - 14

Chorley - 12

A missed penalty kick proved costly for Chorley as they suffered a narrow defeat to third-placed Old Bedians.

The Chancery Road side started the day with news that the second team game with Colne had being abandoned.

Despite a few players being unavailable, Chorley took a strong squad to Didsbury for the game.

The visitors were slow out of the starting blocks as Old Bedians grabbed a try and a conversion to take an early 7-0 lead.

Chorley piled the pressure on the hosts but Old Bedians extended their advantage before the break when they scored a try from an intercept.

The second half was a different story with captain Andrew Johns bursting onto a fine ball by Ben Renton to make it 14-5.

Chorley turned up the heat after the try and just pushed a penalty wide of the posts.

As the visitors entered the last 20 minutes, Stuart Harris kept Chorley in touch with a try from half-way which was converted by Mike Roberts.

There was a tense finish to the game but Chorley failed to put any more points on the board to snatch a victory.

Captain Andrew Johns said: “We gave one of the top teams in the league a run for their money and need to keep this fighting spirit for the rest of the season.”