MARK Wright was left fuming with referee Andy Woolmer after he saw his side throw away a two-goal lead and the chance to go top of the Conference table.
He described Woolmer's performance as 'awful, positively awful,' after the official brandished seven yellow cards in the first half alone, before sending off City's influential midfielder Paul Carden in the 52nd minute.
'The sooner the Nationwide Conference identify this small minority of inferior referees the better, because it just isn't good enough,' said Wright.
Chester's trip to the east coast had started so well when they scored two goals in four first-half minutes. Darryn Stamp, who just minutes earlier had wasted a superb scoring opportunity, broke the deadlock after Scarborough keeper, Leigh Walker, could only parry Daryl Clare's well-struck shot into the path of the big striker. He was not in the mood to miss again and gleefully smashed the ball home from 10 yards.
On 38 minutes the advantage was doubled. Woolmer had spotted a push by Boro defender, Matt Redmile, on Clare. The former Boston striker took the spot kick himself and placed the ball confidently past Walker into the bottom corner. Much relieved, he was then booked for his celebrations.
The half had ended so well for City and there was no real indication of what was to come.
Within two minutes of the restart former Chester striker Mark Quayle won his side a penalty after Phil Bolland was adjudged to have brought him down in the box. Quayle converted with assurance.
Just as the home side sensed a fightback could be on the cards, Chester were reduced to 10 men. Woolmer sent Paul Carden off for what appeared to be an innocuous tackle on Scott Kerr, sparking a pitchside confrontation between players and staff from the two dugouts.
Wright had to re-jiggle his formation, bringing Scott Guyett on for Stamp. And it was always going to be tough for City to hang on with a numerical disadvantage. The home side forced an equaliser on 64 minutes. Another former Blue, Jimmy Kelly, delivered a far-post corner which was not dealt with by Ian McCaldon and Clint Marcelle was on hand to stab home after good work by Redmile.
In a tense finale, there were chances at both ends. Clare tested Walker from the edge of the box before being replaced by Michael Twiss. McCaldon then ensured a point for Wright's men with good saves to deny both Quayle and Ashley Sestanovic. Scarborough: Walker, Baker, Redmile, Cryan, Capper, Sestanovic, Kerr, Kelly, Marcelle (Senior 88), Quayle, Rose. Subs: Lyth, Gill, Sollitt, Graydon.Booked: Kelly, Baker, Kerr.
Chester: McCaldon, Collins, McIntyre, Carden, Bolland, Davies, Clare (Twiss 78), Brady, Carey, Ruffer, Stamp (Guyett 64). Subs: Brown, Rapley, Foster.Booked: Ruffer, Carey, Clare, Carden.Sent off: Carden. Referee: Andy Woolmer, West Midlands.