Aldershot Town 1, Chester City 1: CHESTER showed their championship pedigree by fully deserving a point from a match which was a great credit to the Conference.
Defeat would have raised a few eyebrows, but there was never much doubt they would at least have a share of the spoils. On the wettest day of the season so far, both sides produced an exciting match of quality football. And credit to newly-promoted Aldershot who seemed to have found the step up in class an easy one to achieve.
City looked as though they meant business almost from the start, with Jon Brady forcing a good save from goalkeeper Bull and Darryn Stamp narrowly failing to convert a good pass from midfield.
Aldershot had their share of the ball but couldn't threaten Chester goalkeeper Wayne Brown, who was well protected by the best defence in the league.
City's adventurous football deserved some reward and it came after 50 minutes when Stamp was on the end of a corner by Kevin McIntyre to find the net from close range.
But City's joy lasted only 10 minutes before the Shots equalised through Challinor, who headed a Miller cross past Brown.
Chester seemed stung by conceding a rare goal and they stormed back full of intent with Brady missing the target and Daryl Clare bringing a good save from Bull.
At the final whistle, though, few argued that the result was a fair one and certainly Chester would have settled for that at the start.
Chester: Brown, Ruffer (Heard 67), Guyett, Collins, Carey, Davies, Smith (Carden 62), McIntyre, Brady (Foster 86), Stamp, Clare. Subs: Harris, Rapley.
Referee: G Chapman. Attendance: 3,610.