CHORLEY RUFC 1st team had to settle for a share of the spoils in an entertaining 18-18 draw against Preston Grasshoppers 4th team.

Heading into the game, the home side were hoping to keep up their good form by making it four wins from four.

Andrew John’s side started the game strongly, but were unable to capitalise on a number of chances.

After a scrappy, dogfight, the first half ended 6-5 in Chorley’s favour.

The visitors came out reinvigorated after the break and more aggressive than the home side.

Chorley relied on their fight to keep them in the game.

Both teams scored tries, including two from scrum-half Chris Highton who pulled off a great display by keeping the Chorley forwards and backs moving.

The final score was 18-18.

A draw is better than a loss, but Chorley left the field feeling frustrated as some better execution could have seen them take the win.

With a rest week next Saturday, Chorley will be focussing their training on a visit to table topping Penrith the following week.

Skipper Andrew John said: “We are hoping to consolidate on the run of wins and continue to climb up the league table away from the relegation zone.

“Our performances have shown we are more than capable of this and we firmly believe we will be in this division again next year.

“We have had an excellent year with recruitment of players and we continue to integrate them into the side.

“Furthermore, this drive has helped us to begin looking at some friendly second team fixtures before the end of the 2016 / 17 season and further plans to submit a team for a league season next year.

“Most exciting though is the move back to our home at Brookfields at the new development with some excellent top of the range facilities for playing and socialising.”