Stalybridge Celtic 0 Chorley 1
James Dean’s first-half penalty was enough for Chorley to seal all three points against lowly Stalybridge Celtic.
The Conference North fixture was a tale of two contrasting halves as the Magpies dominated the opening 45 minutes, but the home side came into it after the break.
Ultimately it was Dean’s spot-kick that was the difference as he lashed a shot into the top left corner after forward Josh Hine was clattered inside the area.
Chorley made a quick start at Bower Fold with Dale Whitham’s shot from three yards cleared off the line.
Magpies skipper Andy Teague saw four headed efforts sail over the bar while former Halifax Town winger Kevin Holsgrove struck the base of post with a cross from the byline.
Eight minutes before the break, Celtic keeper King saved with his legs to deny Jack Dorney.
Chorley eventually made their pressure pay on the stroke of half-time, Hine picked up a loose ball on the right.
He first nutmegged Stefan Galinski, before carrying the ball into the area and taking the ball away from Nathan Heath.
The Celtic full-back could only foul the Chorley forward and referee Sam Oldham pointed straight at the penalty spot.
Up stepped a confident Dean who smashed his spot-kick home, sending the travelling Magpies faithful wild.
After the break, Adam Roscoe bent a shot well wide of goal, while King saved well with his legs as he denied Dean.
Moments later Celtic had a glorious chance to equalise when Jamie Allen broke through clear on goal but he could only shoot straight at Sam Ashton in the visitors’ goal.
Late on, Dorney saw a chipped effort saved well by King and with just seconds remaining, Ashton pulled off an excellent game winning save diving to his right to deny Ennis.
Elsewhere in the Conference North, second-placed AFC Fylde suffered their second defeat on the spin when they lost 3-1 at Guiseley.
In the Conference Premier, Southport let a 1-0 lead slip as they lost 2-1 to Eastleigh at home.