The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Tim Car­roll

CH­ESTER got out of jail with Dan Mooney’s won­der strike deep in added time to leave with a point few would ar­gue the per­for­mance had war­ranted.

A tight first half of few chances saw the home side go close in just the sec­ond minute as Lee Ndlovu’s shot was well saved at full stretch by Grant Shel­ton. The goal-less first pe­riod gave way to a lively sec­ond half as three goals in nine min­utes her­alded a pul­sat­ing fi­nal half hour.

Con­nor Franklin fired Brack­ley into the lead on 50 min­utes af­ter Grant Shen­ton saved well from Ndlovu’s header. But Ch­ester lev­elled as Mooney struck a fierce ef­fort from 20 yards be­yond Danny Lewis’ de­spair­ing dive.

On 59 min­utes Saints were in front again. Matt Lowe’s mazy run found Shane Byrne who coolly fin­ished the move for the mid­fielder’s third goal of the week.

Brack­ley had fine chances to ex­tend the lead as Byrne and then Jimmy Arm­son were off tar­get when well placed be­fore an ex­plo­sive fin­ish to the match.

In the fourth minute of added time Mooney swiv­elled on the edge of the penalty area to hit the vol­ley cleanly, his shot dip­ping un­der the cross­bar to the de­light of Ch­ester sup­port­ers who headed home with a point that had seemed out of reach.

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