Chester FC defender Ben Heneghan will miss one match not two after collecting his fifth caution of the season.

Centre-back Heneghan was booked for a foul as the Blues lost 1-0 at Gateshead on Saturday and it was initially feared he would be handed a two-game suspension having been sent-off earlier in the season.

Heneghan was shown a straight red card in the 5-2 defeat after he conceded a penalty and was ruled to have denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity. He served an automatic one-match suspension for that dismissal.

However, the FA rules confirm players who reach five bookings having been sent-off previously will not receive an additional suspension, unless two cautions are collected in the same game, resulting in them being dismissied.

Ben Heneghan in action against Lincoln City this season
Ben Heneghan in action against Lincoln City this season

That means Heneghan misses this weekend's visit to National League leaders Cheltenham Town but will be available for the FA Trophy first round clash with AFC Telford United on December 12.

Chester manager Steve Burr said: "We've had it confirmed from the FA that Ben will miss one game.

"There was a bit of confusion after the Gateshead game but he'll be back for the FA Trophy, which is good news for us."

Captain Ian Sharps, who had to make do with a place on the bench last weekend having himself served a suspension for reaching five cautions, should replace Heneghan for the trip to Whaddon Road.