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17:21 5th January 2013

Bradford PA 0 Chester FC 0

Chester's winning run of 12 matches came to and end on the 13th attempt as they were once again held to a draw against Bradford Park Avenue at the Horsfall Stadium, and in the process saw their fantastic record of scoring in successive league games ended at a total of 62 matches in only their second ever 0-0 draw since reformation.

Neil Young named an unchanged team for the visit to Bradford in a bid to win their 13th game in a row.

It was at the Chester end though where the drama started on just five minutes when George Horan had to make a desperate last ditch challenge to prevent the home side taking the lead when James Knowles seemed set to score.

Chester then enjoyed a succession of corners, but couldn't profit from them, and midway through through the first half the Blues were forced into making a change when Ashley Williams limped off to be replaced by striker Nathan Jarman.

Horan was again forced into action when Deacey's shot was intercepted by the Chester captain on the half hour mark.

Matty McGinn was another Blue name in the ref's book when he brought down Clayton on the edge of the area but the free kick eventually came to nothing.

Chester then thought they'd got themselves in front two minute before half time when Adam Clayton was booked for a foul on Danny Williams, and the subsequent free kick was crossed in by McGinn which found Paul Linwood who put the ball into the net but the linesman's flag went up for offside.

Chester made a change at half time with Dave Hankin coming on for Craig Curran.

Bradford should have taken the lead just 10 minutes into the second half when Duckworth found Holland who took it past Danby but couldn't keep his shot down as it sailed high and wide of the goal.

Nathan Jarman then won a penalty after his initial shot thundered against the crossbar but then after the rebound, Jarman was flattened by Matty James and the referee pointed to the spot. Matty McGinn stepped up and took the penalty, but goalkeeper Lamb saved to deny the Chester penalty spot specialist.

McGinn then looked to make amends and fired a shot towards goal but again Lamb saved well. Lamb also then denied Dave Hankin after the midfielder had a shot at goal.

Neil Young then introduced Marc Williams for Ben Mills to see if the creative striker could find the goal that the visitors were so desperate to find.

With Chester looking for an all-important goal the action switched to the other end, and Danby pulled off a tremendous save to deny Bradford an opening goal.

Marc Williams went through on goal but Lamb was again equal to it denying the striker with a low save thanks to his feet on 80 minutes.

The Blues were continuing to attack and this time Danny Williams had a chance but his lob beat Lamb, but didn't beat the crossbar as it went over.

Jarman then went close once again with a shot that Lamb once again got in the way, and Chester's luck was still out even when they got the ball in the net again as Marc Williams had already been flagged offside.

So, Chester's long run of scoring in League games finally came to an end just a few minutes later, but it's still a point for Chester who move on to 65 points at the top of the table, and once again Bradford Park Avenue - the last team to take points off Chester, did it again.

Next up for the Blues is a home match on Wednesday night against Oxford City, kick off 7.45pm.

Bradford: Lamb, Clayton, Duckworth, Marshall, Knowles (c), Price, Daly (subbed 81), Davidson (James 26), Holland (subbed 81), Deacey, Walker
Subs: O'Brien, Corner, Snodin, Drury

Booked: Daly

Chester: Danby, Baynes, Mcginn, Horan (c), Linwood, D Williams, Curran (Hankin 45), Sarcevic, Turner, Mills (M Williams 70), A Williams (Jarman 23)
Subs: Collins, Howard

Booked: Sarcevic, Curran, McGinn

Man of the Match: Nathan Jarman

Attendance: 957


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