Chorley displayed their true battling qualities in coming through a real test of character and grabbing a late winner to move into fourth place in Conference North.
The Magpies were forced to play with 10 men for over 50 minutes following the dismissal of full-back Kyle Jacobs for a studs-up tackle..
Brackley – who had to that point been thoroughly outplayed – used the extra man well and stretched Chorley.
But despite conceding an equaliser, it was the home side who sealed all three points five mionutes from time .
The Magpies benefited from an early let-off when Gary Mulligan dragged his shot wide to take the lead in the 18th minute.
James Dean was tripped as he charged into the penalty area and though Dean Snedker brilliantly parried his spot-kick diving to his right, Dean seized on the loose ball to score.
After Jacobs’ red card, Mulligan thought he had equalised with a smart header from a right-wing cross only to be adjudged offside – a marginal decision.
The visitors were promptly on the attack after the break: Ashton made a remarkable reflex save from Dwayne Samuels at point-blank range and then Ryan Rowe held his head in his hands as his measured lob over a stranded Ashton drifted wide of an empty net.
An equaliser looked inevitable and it arrived on 70 minutes. Ashton failed to get enough height and distance on a goal-kick and the ball was fed out to Mitchell Austin who strode past two challenges before comprehensively beating Ashton.
The odds were now heavily stacked against the Magpies, but they dug in with typical determination and won a rare corner with five minutes to play.
The kick was played deep and Andy Teague nodded the ball back across the six-yards’ box for Tom Smyth to plant a firm downward header into the net to the noisy delight of home fans massed behind the goal. An equally delighted Garry Flitcroft said afterwards: ‘The lads were brilliant and worked very, very hard. Some of our play in the first half was exceptional. We deserved the win.”
CHORLEY: Ashton, Jacobs, Dodd (Mather, 21), Teague, Smyth, Cottrell, Hine (Jarvis, 75), Whitham, Dean (Roscoe, 89), Dorney, Stephenson. Unused subs. Lynch, Esdaille-Binney.
AFC Fylde produceda commanding performance to beat Hednesford Town 3-1.
Fylde struck first through Danny Rowe before Tom Peers equalised shortly before half-time.
Michael Potts put Fylde back in front before man of the match Richie Allen rounded off the win.
Southport went down 2-0 at home to title challengers Barnet on Saturday, but results for the teams around them meant they only dropped one place to 16th in the Conference Premier table.
Danger man, Luke Young, opened the scoring in the 25th minute, beating two defenders and shooting in for a difficult angle, and 15 minutes later, John Akinde added a second with a well taken shot from the end of the area.
At no time did the home side look like getting back in the match and Barnet seemed content to coast along to the end. “It was men against boys,” said manager Martin Foyle after the game.
“Barnet will go back in the League, no question. We were nowhere near good enough.”
The manager also said he would be looking towards the loan market for reinforcements.Next Saturday, the Sandgrounders face the 500 mile round trip to 9th placed Eastleigh, another team with big money behind them.
l Bamber Bridge moved into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win away at Stocksbridge Park Steels thanks to goals from Alistair Waddecar and Matthew Kay.
Other FA Cup results: Burscough 1, Mossley 1; Clitheroe 3, Seaham Red Star 2; Newcastle Benfield 0, Kendal Town 0; Washington 0, Lancaster City 7.