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21:30 16th October 2012

Chester FC 1 Bradford Park Avenue 1

Impressive Blues moved to the top of the Blue Square North with a one all draw with Bradford Park Avenue. Danny Holland gave Bradford the lead before Marc Williams equalised late on for Chester, but that didn't tell the full story as The Blues missed three one on ones and saw four efforts cleared off the line.

Chester got off to a nightmare start as Alex Davidson found Danny Holland, who curled the ball beautifully into the bottom right corner passed John Danby.

The Blues regrouped and went on to control the majority of the first half, without being able to get back on level terms.

The first chance for the hosts fell to Antoni Sarcevic as he showed great skill to chip the ball over a defender only to shoot straight at the keeper.

Chester's next chance fell to Marc Williams as Nathan Jarman danced passed two Bradford defenders and found Williams, who rolled it passed Tim Deasy in the Bradford goal and just wide of the right hand post.

Jarman himself came close shortly after as his backheeled flick was blocked and then Dom Collins with a great chance to level shot over.

In-form midfielder Antoni Sarcevic's free kick found George Horan who flicked the ball with his right foot onto the top of the Bradford Park Avenue crossbar.

It was Sarcevic again who was inspiring the Chester midfield as he dispossessed a Bradford Park Avenue midfielder before finding Nathan Jarman who forced a fine save out of Tim Deasy.

Moments later it was Iain Howard who went close after Sarcevic again had played him in, Howard's effort was deflected over though. From the resulting corner Iain Howard shot from outside the area only for it to deflect to Nathan Jarman but again Deasly was quick off his line to smother his shot to keep Bradford Park Avenue ahead at the bread.

Into the second half and it was much of the same, as Chester forged chance after chance without scoring. The closest effort of the night for The Blues came from Iain Howard, and had the whole ground on their feet believing it had gone just in. Unfortunately for Chester his sweetly struck shot was just the wrong side of the post.

Marc Williams' cross found Nathan Jarman who flicked his header just over.

The home side continued to enjoy the lions share of possession in the Bradford Park Avenue half but were unable to create the clear cut chances they had in the first half, Bradford infact nearly increased their lead on the counter but shot wide from close range.

Tony Gray nearly made himself the hero as his shot was cleared away off the line.

With minutes remaining Antoni Sarcevic saw his effort headed off the line brilliantly by a Bradford Park Avenue defender, from the resulting corner Sean Clancy crossed to find Marc Williams who headed home the equaliser from close range.

There was still time for Chester to press again as Nathan Jarman shot from distance to see his effort go just wide.

Bradford Park Avenue pressed and Richard Marshall saw his shot go just wide.

In a frantic last few minutes Chester had a fourth effort cleared off the line, this time Nathan Jarman saw his effort cleared away deep into injury time.

Bradford Park Avenue very nearly snatched an unlikely victory as Tom Greaves couldn't get the contact he'd have liked when sliding to reach a cross just as the referee blew the full time whistle. 

Chester: Danby, Denson (Baynes 75), Clancy, Horan (c) (Linwood 50), Collins, Brown, Hankin, Sarcevic, Jarman, M Williams, Howard (Gray 62)
Subs not used: Mackin, McGinn

Bradford Park Avenue: Deasy, Duckworth, Radcliffe, O'Brien, Knowles (c), Hotte, Greaves, Needham, Holland (Marshall 45), James (Drury 80), Davidson (Walker 45)
Subs not used: Deacey, Higginson

Goal scorers: Bradford Park Avenue - Holland (3 minutes)
Man of the match: Chester - Marc Williams, Bradford Park Avenue - James Knowles
Attendance: 2,031
Referee: Mr R Johnson
Assistant Referees: Mr M Woods, Mr Goodwin-Davey

Match Report by Chris Graham


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