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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
08:15 5th August 2016

Aldershot 0 Chester 0

Chester FC produced an impressive display to earn a draw against Aldershot Town at the EBB Stadium. The Blues enjoyed the better of the first half and went closest to scoring as Ryan Lloyd struck the crossbar but neither side could break the deadlock in the game.

Jon McCarthy made two chances for the difficult trip to Aldershot, as he brought in Liam Roberts and Theo Vassell for Jon Worsnop and Luke George.

The Blues started the game brightly, with Elliott Durrell causing problems for the hosts as he beat his defender before striking an effort into the side netting.

Chester enjoyed the better chances in the first half as Kane Richards went close as he latched onto Craig Mahon's cross but the Blues striker couldn't get his effort on target.

The hosts dangerous attacking front line had chances as both McClure and Rendell fired efforts off target but Chester were the side creating all the problems.

The best chance of the first half fell to Ryan Lloyd as the midfielder - on loan from Walsall - struck a delightful effort that cannoned off the bar.

Chester again went close to opening the scoring as first Durrell then Richards had efforts that were just off target but the hosts were able to hold out until the break.

Aldershot started the second half brightly as Liam Roberts struggled to gather a long ball and Fenelon could only shoot straight to Rendell but Roberts made a save from the Aldershot strikers' effort.

As Aldershot increased in confidence so did Mensah, as he got past Vassell and pulled it back for McClure but the Shots player couldn't hit the target.

Chances were at a premium in the game and Jordan Chapell could only fire straight at Cole in the Aldershot goal.

In added time he home side had a golden chance as McClure couldn't get a free header on goal, at the opposite end Alabi went down in the area but no penalty was awarded as the full time whistle went.

Chester: Roberts, Hudson, Astles, Vassell (Waters 65), Hunt, Mahon, Shaw, Alabi, Richards (Joyce 65), Lloyd, Durrell (Chapell 77)
Subs: Worsnop, Akintunde

Aldershot: Cole, Arnold (Straker 88), Bellamy (Wakefield 45), Evans, Fenelon (Allen 67), Rendell, McClure, Mensah, Alexander, Gallagher, Reynolds
Subs: Conroy, Smith

Bookings: Chester: Chapell, Shaw, Joyce. Aldershot: Bellamy, Mensah, Wakefield
Man of the Match: Tom Shaw.
Attendance: 2,445 (132 Blues)

Match report by Chris Graham

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