By Jack Wynne
UCLan keep hold of first place after a spirited performance saw them fend off Chester in a 2-2 draw.
The result gives them great impetus to win the league with closest challengers Chester trailing by 2 points.
Captain Matt Geldard said: “We should be pleased with a point after hanging on in the second half when we were 2-1 up going into the break.”
UCLan came firing out the blocks after midfielder Liam Cassidy converted brilliantly from the short corner inside 5 minutes.
However it wasn’t long before Chester replied as they equalized in the 11th minute.
The game had started with a frenetic pace and Liam Cassidy took advantage when he knocked in UCLan’s second from another short corner.
UCLan could have opened up a 3-1 lead over Chester – another short corner offered them the chance – Liam Cassidy failed to test the keeper in the end.
Into the second half and UCLan’s resolve was put to the test immediately with Chester winning a short corner.
The Cheshire outfit didn’t capitalize on their early dominance and they could only fire over the bar.
A series of injuries to Liam Cassidy and Phil Gray came at the wrong time as Chester were continuing to push for an equalizer.
Midfielder Rob Taylor had continued to prove a useful out ball for UCLan and hit a stinging shot midway in the 2nd half forcing a fine save from the opposition keeper.
Chester dominated towards the end and despite some spectacular saves by goalkeeper John Ripley they equalized at the death through a short corner.
UCLan will feel a sense of relief denying Chester victory knowing they remain top of the league with their next game being away to Liverpool.