As the new captain at the helm after Chorley stalwart John Witts retired, I had a job on my hands, with quite a few players still away on holiday and some new players down untried in different positions.

The Chorley first game was away to promotion favourites Fylde.

The Chorley pack was awesome winning every lineout and most scrums.

But due to inexperience they couldn't capatalise on the forward domination and, totally against the run of play, Fylde nicked it at the end to win 12-9.

But the Chorley team showed alot of early potential.

When Chorley played home to Ormskirk they secured the first win of the season with more great forward play and good finishing.

Lyle Cairns added experience in an out of the stand off position and Chorley ground out a win.

The following week was the biggest low of the season.

With ten players missing Chorley travelled to high flying Wigan with only 12 players, then during the course of the game five more injuries occured and Chorley lost 75 to nil.

After that loss I tried players in different positions to find the right mix in the team, especially at half backs.

With Simon Heaton out due to injury, I persuaded mercurial scrum half Phil Clarke to come out of retirement.

Lyle Cairns moved back to his strongeest position at number 8.

Steve Venuezuala and Pete Horrocks moved into the front row, Steve Goodman came back from injury.

And with new lad, Matt Bates, the club had an important position to stand off from full back.

Matt had never played that position before but has the boot and brain to match.

Marcus Quick has had a storming season and Chris Cowling and Steve Ashcroft get better and better every week.

The pieces of the renaissance are being built, after thrashing Tarleton away.

Chorley came unstuck against a resiliant Aspull team at Aspull, but them came Clitheroe away, in the wind and the rain.

With Chorley in control in the first half Clitheroe ran in two tries to put them ahead.

Gloating and laughing Steve Venezuala ran over the team to score.

With Matt Bates' touchline penelties the pack took control with two lineouts and two rolling mauls to score two good tries and Chorley ran in comfortable.

This team is showing a 'don't panic' winning attitude, then came high flying Kirkby Lonsdale to Chorley who were fifth at the time, with Martin Whitfield back playing as well.

Chorley totally demolished Kirkby 57-5 with Martin Whitfield, Phil Clarke and Chris Turner in good form, then a difficult away trip to Bolton with the weather, the referee and dirty play.

Chorley kept their cool and won 35-10 with Ste Goodman scoring a brace.

And with Marcus Quick putting in so many tackles, including the tackle of the season, Bolton were very ruffled and fists were a flying.

But with Steve Ashcroft and Ste Hardacre scoring tries freely on the wings, Chorley were in fine form.

The following week, with many players missing, Chorley lost 10-nil against the run of play to Rossendale, then last week played an incredibly difficult game at Kirkby Lonsdale.

With Simon Heaton back from injury, he scored a brace of tries and with a hat-trick from Steve Goodman, Chorley won comfortably 36-16.