Consolation despite defeat for Magpies

James Dean scored for Chorley
James Dean scored for Chorley
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Guiseley 2 Chorley 1

Despite slipping to a narrow defeat Chorley are assured of a place in the promotion play-offs following leaders Barrow’s victory over Tamworth, the only other club still in contention for a top-five finish.

Guiseley, avenging two defeats by Chorley this season, also confirmed their participation in the play-offs with a deserved win but the final placings will not be decided until next Saturday’s final round of games.

Two smart pieces of finishing by Adam Boyes settled this contest in which Guiseley looked the sharper, more fluent side.

But they were made to work hard by the spirited Magpies who just lacked a touch of imagination and extra edge in the final third.

Danny Hall was close to giving the hosts an early lead following a corner, a goalline clearance by Paul Jarvis rescuing the visitors.

Boyes bagged his first on 20 minutes, stealing a yard on Andy Teague to meet a free-kick with a firm shot past Sam Ashton.

But Chorley levelled five minutes before the break following a neat build-up, Teague crossing perfectly from the right for James Dean to rise highest at the far post and head his 25th goal of a highly productive season.

Guiseley enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure in the second half and regained the lead on 61 minutes. Danny Bushell curled in an inviting centre which was nodded on by Oli Johnson for Boyes to finish with aplomb.

As Chorley tried to hit back, Josh Hine fired a decent chance straight at keeper Steve Drench, who later distinguished himself with a fine acrobatic save from Dean.

But it was Guiseley who almost had the final say in added time.

Nicky Bushell was left one-on-one with Ashton but was indecisive enough for the keeper to foil him with a smart, one-handed save.

CHORLEY: Ashton, Ross, Cottrell (Burns), Teague, Doyle, Roscoe, Hine (Almond), Winter, Dean, Dorney, Jarvis. Subs (not used):Flynn, Lynch, Mather

Attendance: 935