Chorley were cruelly robbed of all three points with two goals from North Ferriby turning the result on its head late in the game.
Chorley took a deserved lead on 36 minutes through Josh Hine and quickly doubled the advantage two minutes later thanks to a 30 yarder from Jake Cottrell. But Ferriby twice capitalised on wayward passing to draw level then deep into time added on scored a cruel winner which looked yards off side.
Following the poor performance at Skelmersdale, and to counter the aerial threat the giant Ton Denton always poses, manager Matt Jansen changed the team around with Mark Ross moving into the centre, Andy Bond switching to right-back and Adam Roscoe returning to the line-up for his first start in a month in a holding midfield role.
In the early exchanges the weather was the winner; with the pitch cutting up and the wind forever swirling, a pure passing game was beyond either sides abilities.
Darren Stephenson almost got onto the end of a Bond delivery early on but mud wrong footed the Chorley striker as the ball got stuck!
Roscoe almost got on the end of another Bond ball then visiting keeper Tom Nicholson almost got caught out when he slipped in his area, but he recovered to smother James Dean’s low cross.
On the half hour Ferriby attacked down the left flank, hitting on the break, but Liam King could only side foot his effort wide.
Sam Ashton saved well from Wayne Brooksby then Max Cartwright blocked Adam Bolders follow-up effort.
With a little under ten minutes to the interval Chorley broke the deadlock and Stephenson was the instigator. The left sided attacker strode down the left flank before crossing into the area, where Dean controlled the ball and set up Cottrell for a shot from the edge of the box; Nicholson palmed the ball away from goal, but it landed nicely to Josh Hine to fire home his tenth goal of the season.
Then almost immediately it was two. Chorley won the ball back after the restart and Jake Cottrell drove the ball into the keeper’s bottom right corner from 30 yards.
Before the break Ferriby almost grabbed a goal back, but Ashton saved superbly low to his left to deny Danny Clark.
The second half started slowly with a Bond free-kick going inches over the bar the closest either side came to a chance in the opening quarter-hour, then Ferriby upped the pace.
First Andy Teague had to be at his best, timing a tackle to perfection in the area to deny half time sub Ryan Kendall, but two minutes later no one could prevent Kendall from scoring.
A Chorley attack broke down when a wayward Dean cross was picked up by Brooksby, who stormed forward before releasing Kendall who finished well.
Sam Cosgrove replaced Dean then Jack Lynch was brought on for the injured Roscoe.
Lynch was twice unlucky in front of goal; shooting wide end of a sweeping Chorley attack then side footing over from 4 yards from a Stephenson cross.
With time running out an injury the probably resulted in the majority of the 5 minutes of added time occurred when the referee signalled to the bench that he was struggling with a calf problem. Chorley ‘sponge-man’ Danny Fishwick did his best for Mr Mulraine and the man in black was able to continue.
Just as the five minutes was about to be announced Ferriby levelled, and again it was a Chorley error that lead to the goal. This time a Teague clearance landed at the feet of an opposition player instead of bouncing down Ashby Street Liam King received the ball in acres of space and slotted past Ashton.
Up went the signal for five added minutes!
Despite the match being in the balance the first four minutes of added time didn’t suggest there was going to be a winner; that was until Kendall played a diagonal ball to Curtis Bateson who looked to be yards off side. The sub still had work to do but finished well to steal the points for the visitors.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Max Cartwright, Andy Teague, Adam Roscoe, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Andy Bond, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Sam Cosgrove (Dean, 69), Keiran Charnock, Paul Jarvis, Jack Lynch (Roscoe, 71) Lewis Guy,
Goals: JOSH HINE (36), JAKE COTTRELL (38), Ryan Kendall (64), Liam King (89), Curtis Bateson (90+4)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jake Cottrell