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16:58 2nd November 2013

Chester 1 - 1 Aldershot Town

Chester were denied three points in the dying seconds of their game against Aldershot. The Blues took the lead through debutant Conor Wilkinson, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, before Jaydon Gibbs' last minute header earned the visitors a point.

Aldershot started brightly and could have been ahead had it not been for blocks from Joe Heath and Danny Higginbotham in the opening 10 minutes.

Chester came back into the game with new boys Conor Wilkinson and Chris Lester linking up very well. A Lewis Turner cross picked out Joe Heath but after wrestling for position he couldn't direct his header on target.

The Shot's captain, Craig Stanley, nearly put the visitors ahead, a rasping effort just wide of the post, with the Aldershot fans going up thinking it was in.

In an entertaining first half Aldershot went close again as Jordan Roberts' swirling effort was pushed over the bar.

Craig Lindfield went close to breaking the deadline, forcing Jonathan Henly into his first real save of the afternoon.

The game was fairly even, Lewis Turner's effort going just wide of the far post.

In the 68th minute Chester took the lead, their first goal at home in 495 minutes, and it went to debutant Conor Wilkinson, a powerful effort from the right side of the penalty area.

Aldershot won a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the Chester area and Jordan Roberts stepped up, curling it around the wall, John Danby pushed the ball away.

In the last minute a Dan Butler cross picked out Jaydon Gibbs who headed home whilst unmarked, a bitter blow to the Blues.

Chester: Danby, Heath, Jarrett, Lindfield, L Turner, McIntyre, N Turner, Higginbotham (c), Killock, Wilkinson, Lester
Subs: Linwood, Reed, A Williams, Seddon, Menagh

Aldershot: Henley, Stanley (c), Goodman, Webster, Mekki, B Williams, Oyeleke, Roberts (Gibbs), Barker, Young (Paterson), Butler
Subs: Rowlands, Douglas, L Williams

Goal Scorers: Chester: Wilkinson (68). Aldershot: Gibbs (90)
Bookings: Chester: Jarrett, Heath
Man of the Match: Chester: Jarrett. Aldershot: Webster.
Attendance: 2,029
Referee: Amy Fearn
Assistant Referees: Chris Isherwood, Justin Hayes
Fourth Official: Nick Barnard

Match Report by Chris Graham
Match Pictures by Terry Marland


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