Chorley will be looking to climb away from the foot of the table under newly appointed player coach Andy Kavanagh as the season reaches its halfway point.

Despite some notable performances and several close matches Chorley have struggled to get results and a home fixture against second placed Furness will be a stern test on January 5.

Early season preparations went according to plan with key positions filled with some returning stars in Michael Jessiman at flanker and Chris Highton at scrum half.

There were also encouraging wins against traditionally strong teams such as Thornton Cleveleys and North Manchester.

But Chorley have been hit by a crippling injury list and the early retirement, through a head injury, of player coach Graham Crane.

Several matches were lost in the dying minutes due to lack of discipline and experience, notably Clitheroe who edged out Chorley at home 12-13.

On the positive side new players coming through the ranks have forced their way into the first team such as Mike Richardson and Ross Cottam giving a cutting edge to the back play, demonstrated recently with a well worked 10-19 win away to Carnforth.

An ever improving pack has also allowed try machine Stewart Harris to flourish.