Chester FC moved up to seventh in the Vanarama National League after stretching their unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-1 draw with a vastly improved Guiseley side on Saturday.

Top-scorer James Alabi put the Blues in front with a goal-of-the-season contender but it was the boys at the other end of the field who stood out and stood tall for the Blues at Nethermoor.

With the help of referee Martin Coy - more of him in a minute - the Lions got the point they deserved from what was a fiercely fought contest.

And they may even have won had it not been for some strong showings from Blaine Hudson and Co.

Alex Lynch 8/10

One second-half instance aside, when Hudson spared his blushes, the goalkeeper commanded his area throughout and made a superb late save to deny former Airbus UK Broughton striker Jake Cassidy.

Sam Hughes 7/10

Defended soundly and won plenty of flick-ons down the right - one of which led to a chance for Alabi - but should have done better to keep a second-half volley down.

Blaine Hudson 9/10 STAR MAN

Did brilliantly to put off Jordan Preston when the lively winger was clean through and even better to head off the line to deny Alex Purver after Lynch came racing out of his goal and banged into Ryan Astles. Also set-up Alabi's opener and made numerous blocks.

James Alabi is mobbed by his Chester FC team-mates after opening the scoring at Guiseley

Ryan Astles 8/10

His mix-up with Astles aside, this was an excellent performance from the centre-back, who threw his body in the line of fire and saved Elliott Durrell's bacon with a magnificent last-ditch challenge when Cassidy looked certain to score.

Johnny Hunt 6/10

Drops a point after his foul on Connor Brown led to the penalty which earned the Lions a point but had every reason to feel the right-back went down easily and otherwise defended well.

Elliott Durrell 6/10

Always went looking for the ball but was unable to exert as much influence as he had done against North Ferriby United in the week. His dallying in the area nearly led to a goal for Cassidy.

Tom Shaw 7/10

The pick of the Chester midfield, the captain got through a huge amount of work and it was his ball back toward the box that led to the opener.

Chester FC captain Tom Shaw tries to force the ball home against Guiseley

Ryan Lloyd 7/10

Like Shaw, put in a real shift against a fluid Guiseley midfield. Also showed off his range of passing.

Craig Mahon 6/10

Skewed a shooting opportunity wide in the first half and will feel he should have been awarded a second-half penalty before being withdrawn.

Kane Richards 5/10

The striker is in fine form but it just did not quite happen for him against a robust Lions outfit and was subbed just after the hour mark.

Chester FC striker Kane Richards battles for possession against Guiseley

James Alabi 7/10

You won't see many better goals this weekend, the in-form frontman's overhead kick was a fantastic effort. Also forced the under-worked Jonny Maxted into a save.


Wade Joyce (on for Richards 62 mins)

The extra body in midfield helped steady the ship when Guiseley were on top.

Jordan Chappell (on for Mahon 75 mins)

Sliced a decent chance wide after being played in by Shaw before making a lung-busting run which was crudely ended by Lions captain Danny Lowe.

Other ratings

Referee: Martin Coy 4/10

Apologised to Jon McCarthy after the match for his decision to hand Guiseley a penalty - and may well feel he should have evened things up after Mahon went down in the box under pressure from Brown.

Entertainment value 6/10

It wasn't a classic by any means but the outcome was in the balance up until the final whistle and both teams gave it absolutely everything.