CHORLEY RUFC 1st team edged closer to promotion and potentially winning the North West Intermediate Rugby Union League 4 North title with a convincing 27-0 win against Thornton Cleveley 2nd team.

Captain Dave Martin and head coach Andy Kavanagh stepped in to an unfamiliar front row but held their own and the host soon made inroads in to the opposition half.

First over the line was flanker Kevin Rothwell who peeled off the rolling maul and touched down.

Ellery Hodgeson added the conversion and soon extended the lead further by slotting a simple penalty.

They added another try soon after when No.8 Jack Gee ran onto the ball at pace to score.

The points kept coming when winger Adam Slowinski met a cross-field kick from stand-off Hodgeson to slide in on the opposite touchline.

Thornton Cleveleys created a few overlaps but Chorley held firm and they were not capitalised on.

Chorley’s Kavanagh scored the final try of the half and indeed the match when he broke through a gap in the Thornton defence from 30 yards out.

The second half was a much tighter affair as Thornton’s big runners started to influence the match.

They threatened the try line but Chorley’s dogged and determined defence kept them at bay and the visitors secured a well-earned win.

With four games of the season remaining, Chorley are now just four points adrift of league leaders Carnforth and poised to take advantage of any slip ups. They entertain Vale of Lune at home on Saturday