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Football: LAMENTABLE; Chester 0 Hereford 0 Heard sent off as Chester squander.

Byline: Alan GREY

CHESTER wasted a good chance to go top of the Conference League when they were held to a goalless draw by league leaders Hereford.

The home side weathered early Hereford pressure to dominate the latter stages of the match but they couldn't penetrate the visitors' defence.

And to complete Chester's woe, Jamie Heard was sent off in the last minute for a second bookable offence.

Chester had an early chance to take the lead, but Darren Stamp's header was saved by Mathew Baker.

Hereford quickly replied and Paul Parry rose on the edge of the penalty area to head powerfully towards goal but the ball went wide.

That was the signal for the start of a sustained Hereford attack on the Chester goal but the home defence held firm, with Ian McCaldon snuffing out the most dangerous attack when he saved a close-range shot from Stephen Guinan.

The pressure finally got to Heard, who was booked for dissent.

After soaking up everything Hereford could throw at them, Chester fought their way back into the game and the half ended with them pressing the visitors' goal.

Hereford went on the attack from the start of the second-half and McCaldon, in the home goal, had to be on his toes to save from Guinan.

McCaldon pulled off an even better save minutes later when he tipped a well-struck free-kick by Daniel Williams over the bar.

The home side finally lifted the siege and Ben Davies had a good chance blocked by Tony James. Suddenly Hereford looked in trouble and after Chester's Carl Ruffer had headed wide,

Hereford's David Brown was booked for dissent.

It was all Chester now and Kevin McIntyre had a 25-yard shot blocked by Tamika Mkandawire.

Daniel Carey-Bertram became the second Hereford player to be booked before Chester launched another attack, with Kevin Rapley trying his luck from 25 yards.

Paul Carden became the second Chester player to be booked.

Chester threw everything forward in the closing minutes, but poor shooting let them down. And Danny Collins headed wide from just six yards to waste Chester's last chance of the game.

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LET'S TWISS AGAIN: Hereford's Danny Williams challenges Michael Twiss of Chester
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 19, 2003
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