Chorley and Chester battled to a 0-0 draw at Victory Park in a game neither side managed to stamp their authority on.
The Magpies made five changes to the side that knocked Leek Town out of the FA Cup last Saturday with Matt Urwin, Scott Leather, Courtney Meppen-Walter, Josh O’Keefe & Louis Almond returning to the starting XI.
The visitors made two swaps from their FA Cup success against City of Liverpool as skipper Scott Burton joined ex-Chorley forward Dan Mooney back in the starting line-up.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, Wilson, O’Keefe, Carver, Almond (Cottrell, 17), E.Newby. Subs not used: Whitham, Anson, Fletcher, Eccles.
Chester: Shenton, Moran, Grand, Burton (c), Livesey, Howson, Mooney (Smalley, 77), Stopforth, Hughes, Murray (Jordan, 64′), Mahon. Subs not used: Thomson, Noble, Pritchard.
18′ CHANCE (Chorley): Courtney Meppen-Walter headed towards goal from a Blakeman free kick, but his effort was deflected wide for a corner
33′ CHANCE (Chester): Dan Mooney found Craig Mahon free in the penalty, but the tricky winger got too much on his shot and skied it over the stand
39′ CHANCE (Chorley): Matt Challoner shanked an effort wide on the run, after brilliant link-up play from Elliot Newby & Josh Wilson
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46′ CHANCE (Chorley): Challoner almost stole in between the defender and ‘keeper from Carver’s low centre
52′ YELLOW (Chorley): Scott Leather takes Matty Hughes out on the edge of the box
53′ CHANCE (Chester): The subsequent free kick from 17-year-old Iwan Murray was headed over from close range by Jon Moran
55′ CHANCE (Chorley): Adam Blakeman shot over from inside the box after Challoner and Newby had combined to set him up
66′ YELLOW (Chorley): Josh Wilson went in the book for a tackle on Craig Mahon as Chester tried to break
74′ YELLOW (Chester): Steve Howson stopped Carver’s progression down the wing
78′ CHANCE (Chester): Sub Deane Smalley was denied a goal with his very first touch by a fantastic full stretch save from Matty Urwin
82′ CHANCE (Chester): Smalley again went close, this time with a header back across goal that went inches wide
Man of the Match
Match sponsors Pilkington Oils, Windoworld, LMG Networks & Forbes Solicitors selected Josh O’Keefe
That’s what he said
“We’re disappointed not to have got the three points and in a way this feels like a loss because we haven’t won the game. But to start the season 12 games unbeaten is a brilliant achievement” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 0-0 / FT 0-0
Shots: Chorley 9 Chester 6
Corners: Chorley 2 Chester 4
Fouls: Chorley 9 Chester 8
Weather: 14c (sunny spells)
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
Assistants: Lewis Dawson & Gareth Myers
The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Peterborough Sports next Saturday. Admission is £9 adults, £5 concessions/16 & 17-year-olds and FREE under-16s and kick-off is at 12:30pm to accomodate live streaming by BBC Sport.
*Reporting by Alex Birch