CHORLEY held onto fourth place in the increasingly tight race for a National League North promotion play-offs’ slot on a day when all the top seven won.

This latest success, against an AFC Telford United side still striving to achieve safety, completed a trio of 2-1 home wins.

The Magpies started with real purpose and Marcus Carver was very unlucky to see a smartly taken angled drive rebound from the far post with keeper Callum Burton well beaten.

The deserved lead finally arrived in the 28th minute. Burton made a terrific diving save from a Dale Whitham pile-driver at the expense of a corner but Telford’s reprieve was short-lived.

Whitham’s delivery was met by Jack Sampson who stabbed the ball into the net from close range for his fifth goal in seven league games.

Little had been seen of the visitors in attack but their first meaningful shot on goal after 38 minutes brought an unexpected equaliser. Josh Wilson’s powerful 30-yard snap-shot took a big deflection on its way past a wrong-footed Ritchie Branagan.

Chorley almost regained the lead when from a deep right-wing centre Paul Jarvis beat Burton with a header which rebounded from the post.

The Magpies, however, were soon back in front after the break with a fine goal. A cleverly worked free-kick on 50 minutes saw Andy Teague peel away from his marker to meet Whitham’s excellent delivery. to head home.

As Chorley stepped up a gear, Jarvis was inches too high with a well-struck shot. Then he weaved his way along the by-line to tee up Jason Walker who scuffed his shot disappointingly wide.

A one-goal lead is never a secure one and though Telford created few shooting chances they did win several corners.

Twice Branagan did well to fist or palm the crosses to safety and he did even better in the closing stages, athletically tipping over a volley heading for the top corner.

But the hosts held out and the Magpies’ promotion challenge remained on track.