CHORLEY are hunting for their first away win of the season despite an impressive display at in-form Liverpool St Helens losing 33-22.

Chorley started the stronger and within 10 minutes a scrum against the head lead to a break by scrum-half Chris Highton which was finished off by James Fisher and converted by Ellery Hodgson to edge 7-0 ahead.

The visitors had a great scrum and it led to a blind side break from half-way and No8 Mike Jessiman crashed over in the corner.

It seemed to kick start the Liverpool St Helens side and they bagged their first score of the afternoon to make it 12-7 to Chorley.

Another dominant scrum gave Ellery Hodson the chance to extend their lead with a penalty and he slotted the ball over.

The hosts came storming back with the classy centre again heavily involved in a sweeping backs move which resulted in the winger scoring in the corner – conversion successful and the score was 15-14.

The home sides tails were up now and more sustained pressure resulted in a further try before the half ended -at half time Liverpool led 21-15 .

Andrew John’s side, started the second half brightly and were awarded a penalty which was missed.

It did not dampen Chorley’s spirit and they were rewarded when scrum-half Highton touched down under the posts for a try with an easy conversion making the score 22 -21 to Chorley.

St Helens came storming back as their centre bagged his second try to open up a four point gap between the two sides.

Chorley launched wave-after-wave of attacks on the St Helens line and only persistent infringements kept them out.

The referee finally lost patience and sin-binned one of their players for dissent.

Unfortunately, the game started to get niggly as a result and a few unsavoury off- the-ball incidents occurred.

St Helens intensified the pressure after the sin-bin and Chorley showed some resolute defence to deny the hosts. However, they did cross the line one more time to take a 33-22 lead.

Chorley were unlucky on the day and played some nice rugby – if one or two early chances had been taken they could have come away with a hard fought victory.