Leaders Chorley are held

Josh Hine was on target for the Magpies
Josh Hine was on target for the Magpies
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Table-toppers Chorley were stung by two late goals in their crunch game against FC United drawing 2-2.

James Dean had given Chorley the lead from the penalty spot before Josh Hine doubled the lead in the second half.

But with seven minutes remaining Charlie Raglan pulled a goal back for FC United before goal machine Tom Greaves drew the sides level.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men with Darren Stephenson and Greg Daniels both seeing red.

It was the home side who had the first effort on goal playing in front of an magnificent 4,152, after attempted clearances by Keil O’Brien and Andy Teague, Matthew Wolfenden pounced on the loose ball and volleyed from 20 yards only to be denied by the post.

Minutes later, the Magpies registered their first attempt on goal but Hine could only shoot straight at David Carnell.

Callum Byrne then stung the palms of Sam Ashton while at the other end Hine’s cross was cleared by Matthew Raglan.

Darren Stephenson then picked up on a loose ball and after surging into the penalty area he was hacked down by Lee Neville and after consulting with his assistant, referee Peter Gibbons pointed straight to the spot.

Dean stepped up and as calm as ever slotted the ball in the left-hand corner sending Carnell the opposite way.

Chorley were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time, Stephenson tangled with Wright and ref Gibbons sent the former off for an apparent arm to the face.

Completely against the run of play, Mark Ross launched a throw into the area which bounced over the head of Stott and Hine lashed the ball past Carnell to send the travelling Chorley fans wild.

The pressure finally told with seven minutes remaining as unmarked Raglan volleyed home from 12 yards.

A minute later, FC were level as the ball fell to Greaves who curled an effort past Ashton with the outside of his boot.

Daniels was sent off in with seconds remaining as Chorley held on to seal an all important point.

Chorley: Ashton, Ross, Cartwright, Teague, O’Brien, Cottrell, Hine (Dorney 71), Vermiglio (Woolcott 70) , Dean (Roscoe 87) , Whitham, Stephenson

Subs (not used): Nicholson, Jarvis