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17:10 21st March 2015

Alfreton 1 Chester 1

Chester managed to gain a hard earned point in Derbyshire courtesy of a late header from Ben Heneghan.

Tom Shaw had given the hosts a half time lead with a wonder strike, leaving the responsibility to 'Big Ben' to share the spoils.

Alfreton were the side who started the stronger, as Karl Hawley looped a header goalwards in the opening minute - but Ben Heneghan was back to clear off the line.

John Rooney was the first Chester player to test Jason Mooney, but the keeper caught his volleyed effort with relative ease.

From this moment on, the Reds dominated a vast majority of the half - with Lathaniel Rowe-Turner heading towards the net from a corner, forcing Jon Worsnop into a terrific one handed save.

Then, Tom Shaw scored the games opener - and what a goal it was.

Shaw, who scored the in corresponding fixture early on this season, picked the ball up 30 yards from goal - and he unleashed a ruthless volley into the top corner of the Chester net.

Heneghan then almost allowed Ironside in behind with some sloppy defending, moments after Hawley had sliced wide from 12 yards.

But Steve Burr's side did come back strong as the half drew to a close - with Kingsley James having a penalty shout turned down.

From the same attack, Rooney hit a weak volley which managed to find a way past Mooney - striking the post on its way clear.

Jake Speight came on as a second half sub, and on the hour mark he had a glorious chance one-on-one from Ironside's flick but Worsnop was equal to it.

Chester struggled to create much in the second half, with Heneghan heading wide from a Higgins cross on 66 minutes.

Higgins continued to create in the final third, rifling a 35 yard free kick inches over the bar.

Matty Hughes then hit a weak shot straight into Mooney's grasp inside the last ten minutes.

Nevertheless, the Blues managed to get level with the Reds with a matter of minutes remaining when the superb Heneghan headed home from an excellent cross by half time sub Sean McConville - ending Alfreton's 488 minute run without conceding a goal.

Ryan Higgins almost won the game in the last minute, hitting a low shot with his left foot which was pushed away by Mooney - the Blues having to settle for a point.

Alfreton: Mooney, Wood, Rowe-Turner, Graham, Shaw, Ironside, Thanoj, Hawley, Lenighan, Johnston (Speight 55), Howe.
Subs Not Used: Courtney, Howell, Leesley, Heaton.
Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan, Kay, Roberts (Charnock 73), Rooney (Peers 73), Abbott (McConville 46), James, Mahon, Hughes, McBurnie.
Subs Not Used: Viscosi, Hobson.
Scorers: Shaw 22; Heneghan 88.
Attendance: 857 (269 away)
Referee: Colin Lymer


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