FC UNITED stepped up their bid for a third successive title by brushing UniBond division one north relegation battlers Chorley aside at Gigg Lane.
And yet again their hero was ace marksman Rory Patterson, who struck twice to take his goals tally in the league to 30. Patterson fired promotion-chasing FC in front after just eight minutes but had to wait until five minutes after the restart to add his second when he swept home Jerome Wright's pinpoint cross from the left.
Stuart Rudd capped a fine display by adding the third goal to take the Rebels into fourth place behind Curzon.
They now trail leaders Skelmersdale by eight points but have four games in hand on the Merseysiders.