Worcester City 2 Chorley 3
Chorley’s National League North victory at Worcester was a classic case of goals changing games at critical moments of a match.
The Magpies hit Worcester twice when the hosts had little time to respond, equalising on the stroke of half-time and nicking the winner in the first minute of added time at the end of a fluctuating encounter.
There was not much separating the sides but Worcester will rue the lack of discipline which saw Sean Geddes red-carded for a second bookable offence seven minutes from time with the teams locked at 2-2.
Worcester took the lead on 34 minutes. Tyler Weir raced down the right before crossing to Dan Nti who beat Sam Ashton from ten yards.
Chorley equalised seconds before the interval when City centre-back Clayton McDonald met an inswinging Dale Whitham corner with a firm back-post header into his own net.
A classic breakaway goal put the Magpies in front on 50 minutes. Josh Hine broke at pace down the right and crossed perfectly for Darren Stephenson who calmly controlled the ball before drilling it low into the corner.
The visitors were very close to wrapping up the points when James Dean and Andy Bond saw successive goalbound efforts scrambled clear.
On 78 minutes, a rashly conceded free-kick 25 yards out was expertly converted by Nti who gave Ashton no chance with a fine shot.
Geddes was inevitably sent off five minutes later after hauling down Chorley substitute Marcus Carver and Worcester duly paid the full price as the match entered added time.
Late substitute Lewis Guy, on for only three minutes, had put the ball in the net with his first touch only to have it disallowed for a colleague’s offside infringement.
But he was on the spot again to tap in an inviting ball across the face of goal from Adam Dodd and send Chorley supporters into raptures.
Boss Matt Jansen said: “The boys again showed great character, great spirit in coming from behind today and got their deserved reward for another hard-working performance.”
In the National League, Southport went down to the only goal at Braintree Town, Sparkes the matchwinner.
In the NPL First Division North, Bamber Bridge went down 2-0 at Northwich Victoria.
Lancaster City were 3-2 winners at home to Witton Albion, Reece Pearce (2) and Aaron Taylor on the mark.
Kendal Town beat Ossett Town 2-0, with Kilifin and Bailey netting, while Burscough drew 1-1 at Ossett Albion, Liam Caddick on target for the Linnets.
Clitheroe lost 3-0 at Mossley.