Blues prove a point at Chester

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FRICKLEY Athletic gave promotion-chasing Chester FC the fright of their lives on Saturday and left the Exacta Stadium with a share of the spoils in an entertaining encounter.

The Blues twice led in Cheshire, in front of a crowd of over 2,000, but the hosts, who’d won six and drawn one of their seven home games going into the game, hit back on both occasions.

Peter Rinkcavage’s men had to soak up some expected early pressure but hit the front just before the half-hour when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Ollie Ryan inside the box. James Ashmore stepped-up to drill home the spot-kick and give the South Elmsall side the lead.

Frickley, who went into the game having lost their last four competitive fixtures, will have been keen to hang on to the lead going into the half-time interval but the hosts levelled in the 36th minute when Jamie Rainford curled a neat effort beyond Adam Billard, the Frickley goalkeeper.

There was an end-to-end tempo in the second half but it was Frickley who scored next to regain their lead when Ryan’s penetrating pass found Brad Grayson, who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into an empty net in the 67th minute.

But their joy lasted just six minutes as Matthew McGinn headed in a cross at the far post to get Chester on level terms for a second time.

It was all hands to the pumps in the latter stages for Frickley as the hosts poured forward in search for the winner but the Blues hung on to claim a deserved point.

Chester: John Danby, Wesley Baines, Matthew McGinn, George Horan, Michael Taylor, Alex Brown (Robbie Booth 46), Jerome Wright (Matty McNeil 72), Christian Smith, Jamie Rainford (Chris Till 60), Michael Wilde, Ian Howard; unused subs, Liam Brownhill, Adam Judge.

Frickley: Adam Billard, Kelvin Bleau, David Cyrus (Alex Callery 62), Walsh, Adams, Gray, Mallon, Ashmore, Grayson, Ryan (Watts 75), Whitehouse. Unused subs: Karl Jones, Ben Saynor.

Referee: Mr P Marsden

Attendance: 2,485

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for full match report and reaction.