Chasetown FC brave the conditions to pick up a point at Shaw Lane Aquaforce

In poor weather conditions, Chasetown FC battled to a very good away point at high-flying Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

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After surviving some early pressure from the hosts, the Scholars took the lead after 28 minutes. Stan Mugisha eluded a challenge from Luke O’Brien and slid the ball across to Ryan Wynter who finished comfortably from close range.

The hosts had gone close in the opening minutes with John Bateman making a fingertip save from Lee Bennett.

Bateman made a string of fine saves to keep the score 1-0 denying Bennett again as well as Gavin Allot and Phil Dean.

Makeshift Chasetown defender Danny Edwards then superbly cleared off the line to deny Allot before the break.

At the start of the second period, with the rain teeming down, Mugisha almost doubled his side’s lead with a bending shot that was brilliantly pushed over by Ian Deakin.

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Aquaforce thoroughly deserved an equaliser just before the hour mark as Bennett fired a dipping shot out of the reach of a diving Bateman.

Shaw Lane should have taken the lead within seconds of levelling. Allot outpaced the Chasetown defence and slipped a pass beyond Bateman to Bennett who somehow managed to scuff a shot straight back to what should have been a stranded keeper.

As news came in that games at Sheffield and Harrogate had been abandoned due to the weather, it was no surprise that the supporters were keeping one eye on the clouds. The pitch being used for Barnsley Rugby Club at times made playing extremely difficult.

But, to the credit of both sides, they avoided passing the ball through the worst affected parts of the field and the referee saw no reason to abandon the game.

Late on, Wynter fired an effort which looked goalbound but unfortunately for the Scholars it slammed against teammate Nick Turton and the hosts cleared the danger.

Chasetown: Bateman, Williams (Haynes, HT), Edwards, Thompson, Dance, Brown, Mugisha, Davies, Wynter, Sullivan (Turton, 81 mins), Gould (Washbourne, 66 mins). Subs not used: Robinson, Kiembi.

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