In the first game of the new year Chorley continued in the gutsy and dogged style that saw them victorious against Carnforth only to be narrowly edged out by title challengers Furness.

The exchanges in the forwards were mixed with Chorley dominating every scrum but then gifting possession away in the early lineouts.

Territory gains by the home side were overturned by the kicking of the Furness fly half who took advantage of the wind to continually push Chorley back into their own half.

The first points arrived for Furness from a penalty from the Chorley 22 yard line.

Unfortunately Chorley were unable to emulate this in a similar situation five minutes later and remained 3-0 behind.

Another push by Chorley into Furness territory gifted the home side with another kickable penalty chance but this too failed to go between the uprights.

A final surge in the half by the visitors saw Chorley hold out on their try line with some awesome defending before Furness were awarded a penalty fvie metres from the posts which they opted to kick giving them a 6-3 lead going into half time.

The second half continued in the same vein with Chorley managing to secure more lineout ball allowing their backline to begin making inroads into the Furness defence.

Despite several sustained attacking phases of play the home side failed to add to their first half score.

In the dying seconds of the game Furness took advantage of a Chorley side who had dug deep, but run out of steam.

The visitors crossed the line after a well worked passage of play despite continued strong defence from Chorley, to win the game 13-3