Chasetown FC failed to derail Atherton Collieries’ title bid as they went down 2-0 on the road.

The league leaders almost took the lead after 5 minutes when Ben Hardcastle crossed to Connor Gaul and his downward header was superbly saved by the feet of Curtis Pond. 

Chasetown came into the game strongly and both Tom Hill’s strike against the post and Danny Cocks’ effort finding the side netting came close to giving the visitors the lead. 

Just before the break, home centre half Ian Rowlands blocked a Tom Hill shot, then Greg Hartley rushed out sharply to deny Cocks from tapping in the rebound. 

But they were left to rue the missed chances as the league leaders were ahead inside the first minute of the second half. James Kirby broke quickly and drove it past Pond. 

Chasetown thought they were level immediately. Tom Hill headed past Hartley but was flagged offside. 

The hosts doubled their advantage with a Gaul cross to the back post where Kirby added his second goal back across the keeper.