Chorley threw away a two-goal lead at half-time as Bradford Park Avenue rescued a point at Victory Park writes Jack Wynne.
The hosts made a bright start, Darren Stephenson scoring inside three minutes after his powerful shot from outside the box flew straight past Bradford goalkeeper Jon Stewart.
Chris Doyle extended the Magpies’ lead just over ten minutes later, firing the ball underneath Stewart from close range.
71 minutes played, substitute James Walshaw reduced the deficit for Bradford, scoring from the penalty spot.
Into the final few minutes and Walshaw salvaged a point for the visitors, latching onto Alex Pursehouse’s cross and heading the ball past Ashton from inside the box.
Three minutes played and Chorley took the lead, Stephenson driving a shot past Jon Stewart and into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Just under a quarter of an hour gone at Victory Park and the Magpies were 2-0 up, Doyle guiding the ball into the back of the net from inside the box.
Jake Cottrell failed to trouble Stewart in the Bradford goal, dragging his shot from distance with 20 minutes played.
26 minutes gone and Chib Chilaka had a great chance to pull a goal back after Danny Schofield’s back heel, but Chilaka’s shot inside the box was straight at Ashton.
Chorley should have been 3-0 up in the 35th minute but James Dean failed to guide the ball past Stewart when one on one with the Bradford goalkeeper before Josh Hine flashed the rebound wide from inside the box.
Bond’s shot from distance forced Stewart to parry the ball past the post and out for a Chorley corner with 40 minutes gone.
At the other end, Billy Priestley looked to test Ashton but his looping shot was high of the target as the ball flew straight over the bar.
Bradford were fortunate not to be further behind when Stewart failed to keep hold of Whitham’s shot from the edge of the box, with Hine looking to capitalize, but the ball was bundled away just in time.
Just after the hour mark and Stephenson almost scored a third but his shot from outside the box narrowly edged past the post.
70 minutes gone and Whitham failed to force a save from Stewart, his shot from outside the box flying straight into the stand.
At the other end and the substitute Walshaw converted from the penalty spot to bring the score back to 2-1 in the 71st minute.
81 minutes gone and Richard Marshall tried to guide the ball past Ashton from outside the box but it was too close to the Chorley keeper.
Just five minutes before the end of normal time and Adam Roscoe looked to lob Stewart from outside the box but it didn’t trouble the Bradford keeper in the end.
Tom Burgin had a free header from inside the box but Kieran Charnock made an important block to keep Chorley’s lead intact.
Into injury time and Walshaw brought the scores level, diverting Pursehouse’s cross beyond Ashton from close range.
Massiah McDonald had a chance to steal it for the away side but his shot from outside of the box flew past the post.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Max Cartwright, Chris Doyle, Kieran Charnock, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Andy Bond, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Andy Teague, Jack Lynch, Dean Rittenberg, Adam Roscoe, Lewis Guy
Goals: DARREN STEPHENSON (3), CHRIS DOYLE (14), James Walshaw (71, 90)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Chris Doyle