Chasetown FC settle for a point at Belper Town

A game of very few clear cut chances saw Chasetown FC return from Belper Town with a share of the points.

Jonathan Gould fires towards goal. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Jonathan Gould fires towards goal. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Within the opening minutes home keeper Dan Haystead brilliantly tipped a Jono Gould shot onto the bar en route for a corner kick.

Nailers striker Kevin Hemagou forced Chase keeper John Bateman into a near post save from his volley midway through the half and then Bateman dived to his left to deny the Belper number 10 for a second time.

Lee Butler tries to get away from his marker. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Lee Butler tries to get away from his marker. Pic: Pamela Mullins

After Chasetown squandered a free kick in a good position, the hosts broke quickly and when it looked like Rob Stevenson had slotted beyond Bateman, Lee Butler raced back to clear the ball off the line.

The visitors started the second half brightly and a quick Richard Davies free kick sent Stan Mugisha clear but Haystead reacted quickly to save, with debutant Michael Williams impressive as a second half substitute for Nathan Waite.

James Dance then slipped it through to Butler but Haystead sprinted off his line to deny the midfielder at his feet.

But, in a stop-start game punctuated by the referee’s whistle and assistant linesman’s flag, neither side looked like breaking the deadlock and honours were deservedly shared.

Chasetown: Bateman, Thompson, Gould, Slater, Francis, Dance, Butler, Davies, Waite (Williams, HT), Wynter (Sullivan, 58 mins), Mugisha (Turton, 73 mins). Subs not used: Haynes, Brown.

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