Chorley picked up a precious three points away to mid-table Ilkeston to keep right on the heels of FC United; the two sides separated by a single goal at the top.
Max Cartwright continued his excellent start to his loan spell at the club, netting for the second time in three games after just four minutes from a corner then on twenty-five minutes the lead was doubled when James Dean converted from the penalty spot.
Joe Maguire pulled a goal back for the hosts on thirty-two minutes and that’s how it stayed into the interval.
A Jack Dorney long range effort took a massive deflection off Ilkeston defender James Reid to add a third for the Magpies in the sixty-seventh minute.
Deep into injury time Dorney was dismissed for showing his studding in a tackle, and soon after Ilkeston reduced the arrears through Michael Williams, but it was too little too late for the Robins as the Magpies picked up a deserved victory.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Alex Nicholson, Max Cartwright, Andy Teague, Mark Ross, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Jamie Vermiglio, James Dean, Dale Whitham, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Paul Woolcott (Vermiglio, 45), Darren Stephenson (Hine, 65), Jack Dorney (Jarvis, 13), Chris Almond, Nicholas Anderton
Goals: MAX CARTWRIGHT (4)JAMES DEAN (25 Pen), Joe Maguire (32), JAMES REID (67 Own Goal), Michael Williams (90)