Shepshed Dynamo FC 0 Chasetown FC 0

Despite throwing everything they could at Shepshed Dynamo, Chasetown could not quite find the target and had to settle for a goalless draw.

After a messy first half the Scholars became more dominant over the second period, but a resolute Dynamo defence – egged on by some humorous and vocal support from the local fans – kept the visitors away from the target, while at the other end Ryan Price made a couple of fine saves to keep things level.

Chasetown’s first attack in the opening minutes was pushed out for a corner by keeper Nick Jupp, while stopped Ashley Robinson’s attempt for Dynamo in the eighth minute as both sides closed each other down well.

Ben Jevons just failed to get on the end of Danny Smith’s cross seconds later as the Scholars’ positional play improved, but Shepshed were proving tough to crack and in the 15th minute a fast-paced attack saw Fazal Koriya fire into the side netting with John Branch then heading Luke Barlone’s attempt out for a corner.

The play continued to swing from end to end, Jupp diving low to stop Gary Hay’s shot before Jevons set up Duncan Horler following a free kick but his effort went over the bar.

The match became more physical as the half progressed, with Koriya looking dangerous down the left for Dynamo and John Branch and Vaughan Thomas working hard to counter his and Luke Barlone’s attacks.  Jevons was next to go close for the Scholars as he fired straight at Jupp, the home keeper then colliding with Smith as they fought for Ramone Stephens’ cross.

Former Chasetown man Chad Sheppard fired low to Price’s left in the 40th minute but the Scholars keeper held his shot, and the play swung in the Scholars’ favour once more with Hay next to go close.  Despite the plethora of chances, neither side was able to find the target.

Robinson was first to go close for Shepshed as the second half began, before Hay went the closest the Scholars had been as his header from Smith’s cross went inches wide of the near post.

The visitors looked more determined as they knuckled down to the task, and on 58 minutes Stephens fired high over the bar, but still the midfield play in particular looked scrappy and confused.

Ben Steane replaced Stephens on 63 minutes and was quickly up to speed down the left, but still both sides continued to cancel each other out in midfield.  Horler dived for Mark Branch’s 70th-minute free kick but failed to get his head to it, and four minutes later Horler’s own free kick flew wide.

Chasetown introduced Grant Ryan to the attack in the final quarter of the game and began to really throw all they had at their opponents.  Saunders’ shot in the 78th minute was blocked by Koriya and Ryan’s header from Mark Branch’s cross was gathered by Jupp, while a final attempt from the right by substitute Dave Egan flew over the bar.

The pressure continued throughout the four minutes of added time with Jupp diving to gather a low shot from Ryan and the hosts held out for the draw.

Chasetown head to the North Midlands once more this Saturday (March 20th) as they visit Carlton Town for a 3pm kick-off.

Shepshed: Jupp, Agbor, F Koriya, Screaton, Goodby, Connolly, Civzelis, Sheppard (c), Barlone, Robinson, Allen.  Subs: Fitzharris (Sheppard 86), Atkin (Robinson 78), R Koriya, Harding.
Chasetown: Price, J Branch (c), M Branch, Slater, Saunders, Thomas, Stephens, Jevons, Hay, Smith, Horler.  Subs: Steane (Stephens 64), Ryan (Smith 76), Turner, Egan (Jevons 70), Teesdale.

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