CHORLEY 2 LEEK TOWN 0 FIRST Division Chorley strolled into the semi-finals of the UniBond Chairman's Cup with a comfortable victory over shot-shy Premier Division strugglers Leek.

The Magpies' only anxious moments came in the opening minutes as Leek started at a high tempo.

Bradley Sandeman thought he had given the visitors a second minute lead with a curling free-kick but the referee ruled out the 'goal', having clearly signalled the kick as indirect.

The early excitement petered out in a first half without further incident until Danny Mills struck a spark from a 44th minute penalty after David Eatock had been sent sprawling as he chased a through ball into the box.

Mills' emphatic conversion brought his 17th goal of the season and eighth from the spot.

Chorley effectively wrapped up the tie on 52 minutes with a gloriously crafted second goal.

A neat build-up led to impressive new signing from Leigh Neil Matthews chipping a perfectly weighted pass over the defence for Eatock to race onto and lob the advancing Scott Hartley.

Leek were increasingly on the rack as Chorley forced a succession of corners in a sustained attacking spell and it was from an isolated breakaway that Dave McPherson forced Simon Marsh into a diving save, the keeper's only serious test of the afternoon.

Mills was inches too high with a firm header from an Eatock corner and as the Magpies finished well on top Wallace missed a great chance to ice the Chorley cake, shooting wildly over after a mazy dribble through the Leek defence.