WEST Allotment Celtic were left wondering how they failed take the win as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chester le Street on Saturday.
Allotment dominated the first half, creating numerous chances with Dean Lee at the centre of many of them.
It was Lee who was involved in the first big moment of the first half with a surging run into the penalty area before being clearly tugged by a Chester-le-Street defender.
The referee waved away the appeal but supporters wondered if Lee had gone down rather than staying on his feet whether the calls for a penalty may have been rewarded.
Less than ten seconds later, David Dormand had his own claims for a penalty turned down after being clattered into by the towering centre back. Again, the referee was unconvinced.
Just before the half hour mark Allotment got the goal that their pressure warranted – Lee poking the ball past the advancing goalkeeper to cap a good team move down the left hand side.
Many felt that this might be the start of a number of goals but the Cestrians defended well and Allotment went into half-time only one goal up.
The second half saw Chester-le-Street up the pressure, not giving Allotment any time on the ball.
The Cestrians’s high tempo football was rewarded when Nixon controlled a pass on the edge of the area, turned and then fired past Beal in the Allotment goal.
Beal enjoyed an assured day in the goal on his debut and there was nothing he could do to prevent the equaliser.
Allotment stepped up a gear and could have won the match.
The biggest chance came when Dummett’s free kick was crossed into the box, fumbled by the home goalkeeper and fell to captain Dunn.
He saw his attempt to roll the ball into the net from close range bounce off the post and the Allotment faithful were beginning to wonder whether this just was nott going to be their team’s day.
Another chance for the inners to take all three points went begging when a floated cross from Pendlebury on the right was met by the head of substitute Rush, but he could only guide it just over the bar.
Chester-le-Street had their chances to win in the dying minutes, particularly when the ball was drilled across the Allotment goal but no one could get the slightest touch that would have turned it in.
Allotment will take the point and a massive improvement in performance following the previous week’s defeat.
Allotmentwere in Alnwick on Tuesday evening and on Saturday face a long journey to Whitehaven in Cumbria.