Second-placed Windermere may have planned to use their formidable size in the forward line to bash through Chorley’s defence but they came up against a committed home defence.

Chorley opened the scoring when second rower Mark Vaudrey hit the line at pace and broke free racing 40 yards to score a try, converted by in-form kicker Stephen Pearson.

After the break Chorley put down an early marker when man of the match Vaudrey collected the ball from the kick off and smashed into the Windermere defence.

The visitors put some pressure on, but then came an excellent piece of play from 17-year-old Tom Welch sprinting 60 yards from Gavin Slayter’s kick, to beat the Windermere full back.

Mike Richardson scored Chorley’s second try under the posts with Pearson converting.

Chorley conceded a try and two penalties in the last 20 minutes but held on to win the game.