Pools picked up a point against Chester this evening as Jake Cassidy headed home a second-half equaliser.
The game got off to a poor start for Pools as Chester took the lead within the opening minute but Craig Harrison's side dominated the majority of the game and an equaliser was the least they deserved.
A slip by Scott Harrison allowed Craig Mahon to go through on goal inside the first minute and, while Scott Loach did well to block the initial shot, James Akintunde got to the rebound quickest to send the ball into the back of the net.
Ryan Donaldson tried to kick-start an instant reaction from Pools as he powered into the box from the right to send a teasing ball across the face of goal but his cross went through the box without a touch from a home shirt.
Conor Newton sent another cross in from Donaldson but this time he saw his shot well-saved by Conor Mitchell in the Chester goal.
While Pools looked bright going forward, they did have some work to do at the other end and Craig Mahon threatened with another effort, this time from distance, which went wide of the near post.
And then Pools were let off on 13 minutes as the visitors had the ball in the back of the net only to have the effort ruled out by the raised flag of the assistant referee.
Other than that though, it was Pools who dominated the first half; a Jake Cassidy cross from the left was touched on by strike partner Padraig Amond but it was just not enough to take it past the keeper, while Amond’s next effort picked out Donaldson at the far post but again, he was unable to force it over the line.
Carl Magnay, who got stuck into the attack this evening, put one a several crosses into the box from the right and picked out Nicky Deverdics at the far post. The midfielder rose highest to meet the cross but saw his strike crash against the bar.
As Pools got ever closer to that equaliser, Cassidy blasted one just over the bar from distance before Deverdics hit the bar once more. This time the midfielder saw his half-volley smack the underside of the crossbar following another good cross from Magnay.
Magnay was at it again just after, this time picking out Cassidy at the far post but the big striker saw his towering header bounce wide at the far post.
Harrison’s side had Chester rattled going into half time as they really upped the pressure on goal and, while they again went in behind at the break, there were more promising signs from Pools.
Pools looked bright in spells again going forward in the second half, with a cross in from sub Liam Donnelly finding Newton in the middle but the midfielder couldn’t get enough on his shot and it went out wide.
But with Pools failing to find a reply and Chester starting to see more of the ball, the frustration from the stands became more audible just after the hour mark.
Carl Magnay hit the woodwork for Pools for the third time on 66 minutes, this time getting on the end of a Jack Munns corner to lash a volley in at goal from 35 yards. His strike sailed through the area and had Mitchell beaten but the woodwork again got in the way and blocked the effort.
Harrison’s remained a threat going forward in this second half and finally the goal came on 71 minutes. The Pools striker rose with the keeper to meet a cross into the box and did enough to outmuscle Mitchell and force the ball home.
The goal was a deserved one for Pools who looked determined to get more out of this game and within minutes of the equaliser there were chances for Harrison who got on the end of a Featherstone cross to send a looping header just on the roof of the net, while Newton finished a great move off by his side by sliding and effort just wide of the post.
There was a scare on 86 minutes as Chester countered and Mahon got a header in on goal but fortunately Loach was on alert and got down quickly to hold it.
Harrison threw on Devante Rodney for the five added minutes and the young striker had a chance to get in on goal with his first involvement but the touch was just too heavy as he ran in on goal and Mitchell intercepted.
Although Pools didn’t find the winner this evening, it was a more positive display by a team who offered plenty going forward and will offer encouragement going into Saturday's match at Bromley.
Full Time: Pools 1 Chester 1
Attendance: 3071 (191 Chester)
Booked: Magnay (68)
Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Adams (Donnelly 46), Donaldson, Featherstone (Rodney 90), Newton, Deverdics (Munns 65), Cassidy, Amond.
Subs Not Used: Donnelly, Hawkins, Woods.
Chester: Mitchell, Halls, Rowe-Turner, James, McCombe, Astles, Mahon (Joyce 83), Turnbull, Hannah (White 63), Dawson, Akintunde (Chapell 72)
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Davies.