AN early top of the league clash between Chorley Ladies and Guiseley Ladies thrilled an excited crowd down at Euxton Villa.

Both teams are looking for promotion in to the Premier League and the game certainly demonstrated this.

A high pace from the whistle saw attacking and passing from both teams but it was Guiseley who took the early lead after a misplaced pass from Chorley.

Janet Mitchell rallied her Chorley team mates and they applied pressure on the Vixens back line.

Rachel Wood showed good determination as she as battled down the left side. She dribbled passed two defender to slide a pass across the six yard box giving Vicky Coope a tap-in to equalise.

After half time the heat took the pace out of the game.

Both teams passed the ball and focused on outwitting each other.

Midfield enjoyed most of the ball with neither wanting to get caught on the counter.

As the game entered its final stages, Chorley were penalised harshly for a block challenge which the referee awarded a free-kick.

The resulting kick clashed against the crossbar and the Chorley defence were caught flat-footed.

The closing in striker was on her own and passed into the net.

As Chorley pressed for the equaliser they were caught short at the back and the Yorkshire side added a third.

Moments before full time Guiseley rounded off their trip to Euxton Villa with a fourth goal which rocketed into the goal.

Chorley remain second with a game in hand and will be looking to return to the top with a victory against Blackpool on Thursday.

Player Danni Toward said: "It was one of those games that we have got to chalk off as it did not go as well as it could.

"We were not playing at the levels that we can get to and we can upset them when we play after Christmas.

"Now we have a busy October with four or five games left this month.

"We have had three key players out injured - Scarlett Smith, Nat Parry and Kay Unsworth - which is one left and right winger and a defender.

"It has meant a lot of our defenders have been playing 90 minutes in games."