Clitheroe endured a fifth successive loss as the club’s Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy hangover continued to hinder their league form.
An 8-3 thumping at the hands of Spennymoor Town at the Brewery Field a fortnight ago could be forgiven somewhat as Blues boss Simon Garner rested several senior players ahead of their date at the Macron Stadium.
A James Dean penalty was sandwiched inbetween first half strikes from Andrew Teague and Paul Jarvis as Conference North side Chorley triumphed in front of 1,611 fans to take the silverware back to Victory Park.
And that reversal at the home of Bolton Wanderers arrived in the middle of the club’s most uneconomical spell of the season.
The Blues were level with Evo-Stik First Division North play-off hopefuls Farsley AFC at the break on Saturday, but Lewis Nightingale broke the deadlock from the spot in the 64th minute once James Walker had upended Aiden Savory.
The openerwas shrouded with controversy as striker Sefton Ganzalez was seemingly fouled in the build-up while Savory appeared to collect possession in an off-side position.
The Villagers secured maximum points at Throstle Nest when substitute Alan Welsh shaped a beautiful curling effort around defender Laquan Esdaille that beat Alex Pallfy.
Jason Ainsley’s Moors would then inflict further misery midweek as they bolstered their own ambitions of promotion with a 2-0 victory at Shawbridge.
Andrew Stephenson opened the scoring in the 35th minute before Nathan Fisher netted five minutes later to double the advantage.
The Blues host Ossett Town on Saturday, with kick-off at 3 p.m.