AFC Fylde 1 Chorley 3
An outstanding second-half display brought Chorley a fully deserved victory over Conference North leaders Fylde, who were condemned to a first home league defeat since April 2014.
The reverse also cost the Coasters top spot, victory for Barrow enabling them to regain first place.
The Magpies in the end proved too strong for their hosts, winning at Kellamergh Park for the third time in a row.
“We really wanted it today and were outstanding, particularly against the strong wind in the second half,” said Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft. “There were some big performances from my players all over the park and we fully deserved our win.”
Chorley defended tenaciously, while in attack the pace of Josh Hine was a constant challenge for the home defence. Ben Hinchcliffe was the busier keeper in the opening half-hour, turning a Hine shot for a corner and later twice denying Aaron Burns.
But it was Fylde who made the breakthrough on 37 minutes with a fine goal typical of the class of Richie Allen.
An incisive run by Danny Lloyd at the start of the second half ended with a disappointing shot off-target.
But after that it was Chorley who dominated proceedings. They equalised on 58 minutes when following a partially cleared corner, Hine’s powerful low drive was deflected by Burns, completely wrong-footing Hinchcliffe.
Five minutes later the Magpies were in front. Dale Whitham supplied an inviting low centre for the predatory Burns, ghosting in to score from close range.
Fylde’s best reply was a surging run by Adam Sumner whose shot was deflected for an unproductive corner.
A penalty on 79 minutes wrapped up the points for Chorley.
A delightfully-weighted ball from the impressive Whitham sent Hine scampering into the box where he went down under a scything challenge from Sumner and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Hine stepped up to smash the ball past Hinchcliffe, triggering wild delight among the hundreds of Chorley supporters packed behind the goal.
A now subdued Fylde had one clear chance to reduce the arrears five minutes from time when Ashton pulled off a stunning reflex save from Josh Wilson’s bullet-header.
“We didn’t manage the game well at all in the second half and individual decision-making was sometimes poor,”admitted Fylde boss Dave Challino. “But we’re still in a great position.”