Blyth Spartans lost for only the second time in 11 games in last night’s Evo-Stik League Northern Premier game at Chorley.
Chorley, who started the game in second place equal on points with leaders AFC Fylde, were quickly on to the attack without troubling goalkeeper Michal Misiewicz - and it was Blyth who created the first chance.
Ian Watson struck a low shot from 20 yards which forced Chorley goalkeeper Sam Ashton to parry the ball away.
The home side quickly retaliated and James Dean sent in a good shot which Misiewicz comfortably saved low down.
Chorley went ahead in the 23rd minute when a Paul Jarvis corner found Kyle O’Brien on the penalty spot.
He headed to Darren Stephenson, who flicked the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.
A minute later Blyth’s Robbie Dale cut in from the left, striking a low effort to which Dan Maguire just failed to get sufficient contact to trouble Ashton.
Almost immediately, Spartans found themselves two goals down.
Dean moved in towards goal and his strong finish took a deflection off Arjun Purewal on its way past Misiewicz.
After building up a two-goal lead by the 25th minute, Chorley enjoyed most of the possession in the remainder of the first half and Spartans faced a formidable challenge in the second period.
The visitors almost reduced the deficit when Maguire’s good finish forced Ashton to parry the ball to safety.
Spartans then created three chances in quick succession.
Matthew Wade’s 20-yard effort looked destined for the top corner of the net until it was turned away by Ashton.
The goalkeeper then parried Dale’s goalbound effort and Ashton was in action again, this time saving from Lewis Horner, who made an impressive debut following his transfer from Newcastle Benfield.
To cap a frustrating night for Spartans, Phil Airey struck a fine 20-yard shot which was deflected by Mark Ross on to the outside of the post.
Any hopes Blyth harboured of saving the game ended when Chorley broke away and Dean was left with a simple finish for his second goal of the night.
CHORLEY: Ashton, Walmsley (O’Neill), Mather, Ross, O’Brien, Cottrell, Jarvis (Hine), Baker (Vermaglio), Dean, Stephenson, Whitham.
BLYTH SPARTANS: Misiewicz, Buddle, Lancaster, Parker (Tobin), Purewal, Horner, Watson (Airey), Hooks, Maguire, Wade, Dale.
Referee: Mr J Wilson. Attendance: 685.