Chorley Ladies have climbed to the top of the Northern Combination after coming from a goal down to beat Liverpool Feds 2-1.

The visitors took the lead when a ball over the top caught the Chorley defence off guard and the Liverpool striker raced clear to score.

But the Ladies were back on level terms soon after when Vicky Coope beat a couple of defenders in the area before drilling the ball home.

The second half was an even affair until a deep free-kick in to the Liverpool area headed back across the goalmouth by Alison Hindley for Sam Cadwallader was on hand to turn the ball in at the far post.

The Feds pushed hard for an equaliser and it took a couple of great saves from keeper Jo Phillips to keep them out.

However, Chorley finished the stronger and were denied a third goal when Olivia Millington hit the bar with a thunderous strike.

With five games remaining, just four points separate the top four teams.

Chorley lead Mossley Hill by one point and are two ahead of third-placed Stockport County who they host at the weekend.

Middlesbrough, four points further behind are still in the title hunt as are Huddersfield Town – seven points adrift but with four games in hand.