New Year's Honours Even
It's back to back draws versus Staffordshire opponents for Chasetown.
Kidsgrove Athletic 1 Chasetown 1
Chasetown took the lead after 2 minutes in bizarre circumstances. A mix up between Alex Morris and keeper Dom Kurasik presented Jimmy O'Neill with an open goal and he calmly side footed home his first ever Scholars goal.
Kidsgrove came back strongly and Chase had to twice thank Curtis Pond for keeping the sheet clean.
Chasetown almost added a second when Tom Hill was clean through and lobbed Kurasik but Oliver Jepson got back to clear the ball off the line.
Hill was narrowly over the crossbar from 6 yards at the start of the second half before Chasetown’s George Cater rattled the crossbar with a free-kick.
Grove defender Jepson headed just over the bar and then Will Saxon fired over from a right wing cross.
Hill went close again as both sides created chances.
Grove levelled in the 70th minute with a curling effort beyond Pond from Anthony Malbon.
Academy youngster Liam Kirton showed a burst of pace and teed up O'Neill whose effort was saved by Kurasik.
Grove almost nicked in the final minute with a goalbound shot was superbly palmed behind by Pond, receiving applause from his opposite number.