CHORLEY RUFC kept up their promotion hunt with a 37-5 victory against Vale of Lune.

The hosts had to make a number of changes due to injury, including skipper Dave Martin who was confined to the sidelines with a twisted knee.

The conditions were excellent for running rugby and both sides were off the mark in the opening five minutes.

The hosts scored first following a break by centre Andy John who committed the opposition full-back before laying off to James Fisher who touched down.

Danny Tordoff added the extras before visitors Vale struck back instantly when they found numbers out wide.

Andy Kavanagh was the next Chorley player to strike from deep as he exploited a gap in the Vale defence to score under the posts. Chorley kept the scoreboard ticking over with Tordoff and flanker Kevin Rothwell both scoring before the break.

The weather affected handling in the second half, but the hosts retained the upper hand and Jonathon Jackson broke free from a quickly recycled ball to add another score.

It was followed up by a trademark James Fisher try; where he burst through the defence before wriggling over the line.

The visitors kept fighting to the end but were caught napping when stand-in Chorley skipper Chris Highton scored the final seventh try from a quick penalty.

The result keeps Chorley in second spot in the North West Intermediate Rugby Union League 4 North league.

But they must win the final three matches to automatically secure promotion.

Their final away fixture is at Rossendale (KO 3pm) on Saturday.