Goals from Jack Sampson and Jake Cottrell got the Magpies back on course against second placed Kidderminster Harrier at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.
Both clubs have been the tightest two defences in the league all season and a repeat of the goalless draw earlier in the season would have surprised no-one, but an excellent lofted finish from Sampson and a moment opportunism from Cottrell secured three vital points.
The visitors got off to a bright start, winning a dangerous free-kick 25 yards out and earning a corner from the deflected effort, but this came to nothing and it was the Magpies that opened the scoring in the eighth minute against the run of play.
A throw-in from Paul Jarvis, making an immediate return to the side following the conclusion of his loan at Lancaster City, eventually landed nicely for Sampson who, despite pressure from all sides, picked out the far corner with a deft looping shot.
The game settled into a tight and physical encounter with the referee showing a willingness to allow play to continue on many occasions were other officials would not, but at no point did either team overstep the mark in a fairly contested match.
Both sides had chances, following the goal, but none that tested either keeper, with blocked efforts and shots wide and high.
Jordan Tunnicliffe headed wide and Tyrone Williams drove over for the visitors while Dale Whitham almost added an acrobatic second just before the half hour mark. His volley on the turn from a Matt Challoner delivery was always rising over the crossbar and moments later excellent approach play from Jarvis almost released Marcus Carver, but the strikers first touch let him down.
Harriers, who were pacey down the flanks and creative in the centre, had a good opportunity to level just before the break, with back to back corners, but Ritchie Branagan’s goal wasn’t troubled.
Into the second half and Chorley doubled in the 51st minutes. Harriers keeper Alex Palmer played a goal-kick short to defender Ryan Croasdale on the edge of the box. However, Cottrell showed tremendous anticipation to pounced, steal the ball and slotted calmly under Palmer for his third goal in five games.
On the hour mark it was almost three, but Carvers scissor volley flew wide.
Sampson was replaced on 69 minutes, with Josh O’Keefe coming on, after taking a bang to the foot.
Harriers got a goal back on 75 minutes when Andre Brown beat Scott Leather to a James McQuilken cross to slide the ball home from close range, setting up a tense final quarter-hour.
The Magpies though stood firm and withstood the pressure and kept pressing forward whenever they could with Carver putting in another unbelievable shift up front, the lads work rate never ceases to amaze.
Deep into injury time Palmer made the obligatory journey forward for a final throw of the dice and it almost paid off with the keeper leaping the highest into the box but he was unable to get his header on target.
Starting XI: Ritchie Branagan, Matt Challoner, Paul Jarvis, Scott Leather, Kieran Charnock, Stephen Jordan, Adam Blakeman, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jack Sampson, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Andy Teague, Will Beesley, Robbie McDaid (Carver, 88), Adam Roscoe, Josh O’Keefe (Sampson, 69)
Goals: JACK SAMPSON (8), JAKE COTTRELL (51), Andre Brown (75)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match:Jake Cottrell, starting to add goals to his game