CHESTER managed to end their losing run by picking up a midweek point at Alfreton Town.

Following losses at the hands of Darlington, York City and Nantwich Town in various competitions, the Blues secured a 1-1 National League North draw at Alfreton.

Blues' boss Calum McIntyre made five changes from the FA Trophy defeat at Nantwich on Saturday, as he welcomed back Matty Williams, Liam Edwards, Joel Taylor, Declan Weeks and captain George Glendon.

A cool finish from Weeks did hand Chester an early lead, however Edwards' own goal midway through the first half ensured it ended up level.

McIntyre, who takes his side to high-flying South Shields on Saturday, has had to contend with an injury crisis at the club and he told Chester FC TV: "We've got that many things that are challenging, so it's tough.

"So, got to congratulate the players and congratulate those that were behind us tonight at the game on a tough place to come and a well-earned point, but disappointed, because you talk about a winning culture.

"Want a winning culture and it just feels like everything that we're trying to build, we just find another hurdle outside of our control.

"Broken feet, broken bones, games coming out of our ears, youth team players on the bench and that's not a slant.

"Everyone knows my thoughts on the Academy. So, pleased for the players, but I'm probably not feeling great with myself in terms of taking much delight at the situation at the moment."

Other results: Banbury 2 Bishop's Stortford 2; Blyth 1 Chorley 1; Boston 0 Rushall Olympic 1; Buxton 2 Hereford 1; Darlington 1 Warrington 1; Farsley Celtic 0 Spennymoor 0; Scarborough 2 King's Lynn 0; Scunthorpe 1 Southport 0; South Shields 0 Curzon Ashton 0; Tamworth 1 Brackley 0.