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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:15 16th November 2013

Chester 1 Luton Town 1

Chester FC held second placed Luton Town to a one-all draw, their fifth home draw in a row. Luton took the lead after 11 minutes as Andre Gray turned and shot well to beat Danby. Gareth Seddon equalised for the Blues midway through the half in an entertaining game.

Neil Young made two changes for the visit of Luton Town, injured Nathan Turner was replaced by Ashley Williams as Chris Lester came in for Conor Wilkinson.

Luton started the brighter of the two sides, looking dangerous. Chester tried to adapt to the quick pace but struggled to establish themselves.

The Hatters took the lead in the 11th minute, the Blues twice failed to clear a free kick into the box and Andre Gray made them pay, finishing well low to Danby's left.

Leeds loanee Ross Killock gave the ball away as Luton picked out Andre Gray but Killock was able to make amends with a stunning block just as the Hatter's striker unleashed his effort.

Chester thought the should have been awarded a penalty as Jason Jarrett's long ball found Chris Lester, he cut it back to Gareth Seddon who attempted a bicycle kick and Steve McNulty seemed to blatantly handle the ball inside the area, the referee instead awarded a corner.

From the corner Ross Killock nearly headed the Blues level but he just couldn't get enough power behind it and Mark Tyler gathered.

It wasn't long before the Blues were level though as Gareth Seddon controlled and let fly an unstoppable effort from 25 yards out, beating Mark Tyler's outstretched arm.

Chester went on to enjoy a long spell of pressure themselves, Gareth Seddon and Craig Lindfield putting in excellent shifts.

Craig Mahon very nearly gave the Blues the lead, flicking up a Seddon flicked header but the effort curled just wide of the post.

The second half started very evenly, both sides working hard in the middle of the park but very few clear cut chances, Paul Benson's header at Danby was saved comfortably by the Blues keeper.

Ross Killock once again produced a brilliant block deny Andre Gray a shot at goal as Chester looked to press on with the home advantage.

Gray continued to prove the thorn in the Blues side as he twisted and turned before getting a cross turned shot that forced Danby to tip it out for a corner.

As both sides searched for a winner it was the visitors who thought they'd won it, Jonathan Smith's well struck half volley had Danby worried and Luton fans on their feet but went just wide of the post.

Chester:(4-2-3-1) Danby; L Turner Higginbotham Killock McIntyre; Williams (Kay 90) Jarrett; Lindfield Lester Mahon (Heath 90); Seddon
Subs:
Linwood, Wilkinson, Reed

Luton:(4-2-3-1) Tyler, Smith, McNulty, Lawless (Whalley 81), Griffiths, Parry, Guttridge (Howells 71), Henry, Benson (Cullen 65), Gray, Lacey
Subs: Howells, Justham, Whalley, Stevenson

Goal Scorers: Chester: Seddon (23). Luton: Gray (11)
Bookings: Luton: Smith
Man of the match: Chester: Danny Higginbotham. Luton: Andre Gray
Attendance: 3,291 (890 from Luton)

Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant Referees: Matthew Donohue, Ian Johnston
4th Official: Mark Powell

Match Report by Chris Graham
Pictures by Terry Marland & Rick Matthews
 

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