CHORLEY put recent poor form behind them with a combative display which left promotion chasing Radcliffe grateful for a late equaliser.

The Magpies took the game to Borough right from the start, Jon Senior firing a first minute warning shot from the edge of the box which was just too high. Stuart Parkinson had the ball in the Radcliffe net in the eighth minute but the goal was disallowed for an infringement in a goalmouth melee.

Radcliffe were clearly rattled by the Magpies' persistence and Senior brought a diving save out of keeper Steve Berryman before a delightful piece of skill set up Chorley's opening goal on 30 minutes.

Neil Mitchell turned two defenders inside the box before slipping the ball through for Paul Fleming to tap in at the near post, Chorley's first goal at Victory Park in five hours play.

Borough looked much more dangerous after the break, Simon Carden shooting over when sent clear. But Adam Critchley revived Chorley's cause with a thunderous long range drive acrobatically turned over by Berryman.

When the game boiled over after 66 minutes, with players from both sides involved in a touch line fracas, Radcliffe substitute Alan Entwistle was sent off.

However, the substitution of hard working Matt Swailes seemed to extinguish Chorley's fire up front and Radcliffe equalised on 81 minutes when Paul Mullin cleverly side stepped Simon Kay to steer a low shot inside the post.

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