CHORLEY RUFC kicked off 2017 in style with an impressive 12-8 victory against Thornton Cleveleys 2nd team.

A combination of an energy sapping pitch and some festive over indulgence, meant it was a close match.

Chorley were quick out of the blocks as almost straight from the kick off, an excellent kick chase and subsequent block from James Ellison, gave Ben Sears an easy opportunity to drop on the ball right in the corner.

Rick Wareing added the extras from the touchline to get the full seven points.

Thornton had the majority of possession for almost the entire game.

Nevertheless, Chorley defended brilliantly for the whole game with some solid tackles against big runners, kept Thornton at bay.

Chorley had a period of possession where they built steadily towards the Thornton line, which culminated in a penalty.

Andrew John’s side chose to tap the ball to prop Chris Reed and he rumbled over the line carrying numerous would be defenders with him.

The first half ended 12-3 in Chorley’s favour.

The second half was much the same as the first, with Thornton seeing more of the possession and Chorley defending steadfastly.

Thornton scored to bring themselves within four points of their opponents.

The pressure was really on Chorley when the yellow card was shown and they went down to 14 men for the last five minutes.

Thornton attacked strongly and their centre went clean through.

A try saving, one-on-one tackle from full back James Fisher, ultimately turned out to be the game saver as well.

Chorley are in good form as they completed a four-try victory against Rochdale on December 17.

A hat-trick of tries for scrum-half Chris Highton and another by Danny Tordoff sealed the win