Chester manager Marcus Bignot made four changes to the
side beaten by Guiseley on Boxing Day, as John McCombe,
Andy Halls, Paul Turnbull and James Akintunde came in
to replace James Jones, Tom Shaw the injured Ross Hannah
and suspended Lathaniel Rowe-Turner who was sent off in
the home match.
The Lions started the better but it was Paul Turnbull
who had the first chance of the match in the opening ten
minutes firing wide from 20 yards. James Akintunde saw
two half efforts cleared before Rowan Liburd hit the crossbar
with Sam Hornby well beaten after the home player had
shrugged off a Ryan Astles challenge.
Roberts curled a free kick just over following a foul
on the edge of the box by Harry White as the home side
continued to press.
Astles thought he had given Chester the lead after he
stabbed the ball home at the far post following an out
swinging corner but his efforts was ruled out by the referee
for a foul on ‘keeper Maxted.
On the hour mark the Blues did take the lead, Lucas Dawson’s
through ball was held up by Akintunde who slipped a pass
to Kingsley James to fire home into the bottom corner.
Hornby produced a great save to deny Mike Fondop's header
with six minutes remaining as Guiseley put the Blues under
As the game entered stoppage time MacFadzeanv’s
long throw into the box wasn’t cleared by the Blues
defence and Ash Palmer was on hand to equalise from close
range for the home side and deny Chester two crucial points.