Battling Chasetown FC secure a point at Coalville Town

It was honours even in the end at Coaville Town – although it was the least a battling Chasetown FC deserved.

Michael Williams on the ball. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Michael Williams on the ball. Pic: Pamela Mullins

The hosts took the lead against the run of play with a Jared Holmes effort in the first half that wrong footed keeper John Bateman.

The visitors had made a strong start and had an early penalty appeal turned down when it appeared that defender Danny Jenno cleared the ball with his hand.

At the start of the second half midfielder James Dance tested Sean Bowles from the edge of the area, but the keeper reacted well to fingertip over the bar.

Rhys Thompson then whipped in a right wing cross that substitute Danny Edwards headed goalwards, but Bowles blocked with his knees.

Chasetown threw everything at their hosts to force an equaliser and a Jon Haynes cross was a whisker away from being sliced into his own goal by Dan Freeman.

A foul on Jono Gould finally presented the Scholars with the equalising opportunity and substitute Garfield Robinson’s thunderbolt free kick flew beyond a motionless Bowles.