Kwesi Appiah missed from the penalty spot as Conference Premier leaders Cambridge were held to a goalless draw at Chester.

Luke Berry went close for the U's before Appiah forced a decent save from Chester keeper John Danby.

Appiah then fired his spot-kick wide just before half-time after Harrison Dunk was brought down in the box by George Horan.

Nathan Arnold and Adam Cunnington went close after the break.

Cambridge, who are six points clear of second-placed Kidderminster, are now unbeaten in their last 15 games.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chester manager Neil Young told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"A point is probably a fair result on the day.

"We want to win games at home but you've got to realise what you're up against and they're as well-organised as I've seen in this division.

"It's another good point for the boys. There was no quarter given and they battled hard."

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"If I said to them on the bus before we went to Grimsby, we would have four points and two clean sheets this week, they'd have snapped my hand off. It was another good effort from the team.

"We haven't been able to make the breakthrough, but I thought we played well enough to do it. Profligate is our famous word at the moment. We'd like to score more from the chances we're creating but it's another good performance and another good point.

"I think it's very important that people realise that we defend as a team and we attack as a team. The team has won another clean sheet not just the back four and the goalkeeper."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Chester

  • 01 Danby
  • 02 Kay
  • 12 Turner Booked
  • 05 Linwood
  • 04 Horan (Higginbotham - 54' )
  • 20 Pugh
  • 06 Harrison
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 11 Lindfield (Turner - 58' )
  • 07 Reed Booked
  • 22 Titchiner (Seddon - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Higginbotham
  • 03 Heath
  • 15 Turner
  • 19 Seddon
  • 18 McDonald

Cambridge United

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 04 Coulson
  • 06 Miller
  • 14 Tait
  • 03 Taylor
  • 18 Berry
  • 08 Champion
  • 11 Dunk
  • 21 Appiah (Sam-Yorke - 66' )
  • 10 Elliott (Cunnington - 60' )
  • 17 Hughes (Arnold - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Arnold
  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 09 Cunnington
  • 13 Norris
  • 05 Bonner
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 2,530

Match Stats

Shots

2 7

On target

2 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chester City 0, Cambridge United 0.

90:00 +3:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chester City 0, Cambridge United 0.

90:00 +0:57

Attempt missed. Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +0:05

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester City).

90:00 +0:05

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

89:19

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester City).

89:19

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

86:46 Booking

Booking Lewis Turner (Chester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:35

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester City).

86:35

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

84:24

Attempt saved. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

81:34

Offside, Chester City. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.

78:48

Foul by Kevin McIntyre (Chester City).

78:48

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

77:30

Foul by Kevin McIntyre (Chester City).

77:30

Richard Tait (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

76:59

Attempt missed. Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

75:15

Foul by Richard Tait (Cambridge United).

75:15

Jamie Reed (Chester City) wins a free kick.

73:08

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester City).

73:08

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

71:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester City. Gareth Seddon replaces Alex Titchiner.

67:32

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

67:32

Danny Higginbotham (Chester City) wins a free kick.

66:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold replaces Liam Hughes.

65:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Kwesi Appiah.

65:35

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester City).

65:35

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

63:13

Foul by Greg Taylor (Cambridge United).

63:13

Jamie Reed (Chester City) wins a free kick.

60:00

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester City).

60:00

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

59:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington replaces Tom Elliott.

57:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester City. Nathan Turner replaces Craig Lindfield.

57:40

Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Elliott tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.

57:05

Corner, Cambridge United.

53:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester City. Danny Higginbotham replaces George Horan.

52:19

Corner, Cambridge United.

51:39

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester City).

51:39

Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

50:11

Foul by Lee Pugh (Chester City).

50:11

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

49:09

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

49:09

Lee Pugh (Chester City) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Chester City 0, Cambridge United 0.

45:00 +2:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chester City 0, Cambridge United 0.

44:41

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

44:41

George Horan (Chester City) wins a free kick.

43:27

Corner, Chester City.

42:31

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

42:31

Lee Pugh (Chester City) wins a free kick.

41:14

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

41:14

Lewis Turner (Chester City) wins a free kick.

39:35

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by (Cambridge United). should be disappointed.

39:35

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United). Kwesi Appiah should be disappointed.

38:36

Penalty conceded by George Horan (Chester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

38:36

Penalty Cambridge United. Harrison Dunk draws a foul in the penalty area.

37:06

Offside, Chester City. Alex Titchiner tries a through ball, but Alex Titchiner is caught offside.

36:30

Foul by Richard Tait (Cambridge United).

36:30

Kevin McIntyre (Chester City) wins a free kick.

34:54

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

29:47

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

29:47

Craig Lindfield (Chester City) wins a free kick.

29:00

Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

26:59 Booking

Booking Jamie Reed (Chester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:48

Foul by Jamie Reed (Chester City).

26:48

Richard Tait (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

24:47

Corner, Cambridge United.

17:39

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

17:39

Craig Lindfield (Chester City) wins a free kick.

14:55

Attempt saved. Alex Titchiner (Chester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

9:48

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

9:48

Kevin McIntyre (Chester City) wins a free kick.

6:53

Foul by Lee Pugh (Chester City).

6:53

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

6:36

Attempt saved. Craig Lindfield (Chester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

5:25

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

5:25

Lee Pugh (Chester City) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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