HARTLEY Wintney returned to action after a break caused by the weather and drew at 2-2 at in form Chesham United, as the home side extended their unbeaten run to nine.

With the match being dubbed ‘a relegation six pointer’ both sides showed signs of the ‘jitters’ in much of the early play.

The first chance in scrappy play arrived for the Generals on 13 minutes when a miscued clearance from a Row defender turned into a cross for Jefferson Louis.

The Row defence managed to scramble the striker’s header away.

The home side took the lead on 24 minutes with an issue dominated goal.

A Chesham attack saw the ball moved across the edge of the Row box. A seemingly tame challenge saw the referee wave play on before the ball found its way to Louis who blazed high and wide. However, referee Luigi Lungarella pulled play back and awarded the Generals a free kick some 20- yards from goal.

Dave Pearce took the free-kick and Adam Desbois in the Row goal produced a top drawer save pushing the ball around the post.

From the corner on the right from Pearce, Desbois despite being bumped and barged managed to push the ball upwards. However as it dropped he could only succeed in punching it into his own net under pressure.

Hartley responded and on 34 minutes pulled level courtesy of a goalkeeping blooper.

The best move of the half saw the Row make fluent progress with inter passing between Steven Duff and Matt Drage.

The latter’s forward pass found Mitchell Parker who shot first time.

Goalkeeper Ben Goode appeared to have the shot covered but allowed the ball to slip through his fingers; hit him on the belly and the ball finished in the net.

Sal Abubakar made good progress down the right on 40 minutes and his cross narrowly missed the head of Parker.

Chesham exerted some pressure towards half time and Louis has two chances to enable them to regain the lead. First on 44 minutes a long ball from keeper Goode eluded the Row defence and the striker shot wide. Then in added time he managed to bundle his way through and his well struck shot brought a good save from Desbois.

Chesham started the second half on the front foot and on 47 minutes had the first chance.

Very loose defensive play on the Hartley right enabled the Generals a good chance. Louis struck a fine shot from the edge of the penalty box and Desbois produced an excellent stop.

The home sides main threats came from set piece situations and it was a corner which enabled them to take the lead on 52 minutes.

A dangerous corner on the right from Pearce eluded the entire Row defence and Steve Brown volleyed home unmarked at the back post.

Six minutes later the Generals Bradley Clayton had a good run coming in from the right and his parting shot went across the face of the goal.

The home side seemed to switch to game management mode and a number of pauses in play transpired.

On 62 minutes with Hartley having more of the play a long pass from defence found the run of Mitchell Parker who was unlucky to see his effort go just past the post.

Ten minutes later a fluent move down the left involving Steven Duff and Marley Ridge gave Parker a clear chance. However the striker shot past the post when well placed.

With the Row getting joy down the left they pulled level on 74 minutes. Louie Paget made a good overlap run and combined well with Parker to set up Mikey Campbell who fired home low into the net from 18 yards.

The dynamics of the game changed somewhat as both sides went after the winner. On 80 minutes a free kick from Pearce produced another excellent stop from Desbois. Then a dangerous in swinging corner from Pearce saw Desbois again excel in keeping the ball out

Into added time and yet again the Row’s young keeper came to the rescue with a fine save at his near post.

The ball went across the goal and Ryan Blake cut the ball back to Billy Adcock who shot over when well placed.

There was still time for Hartley to have a chance to win the match. A corner from Josh Webb found the head of Duff who could not direct his header on goal.

The Row were a long way short of their best form in gaining a useful point.

They will be looking for improvement for the visit of Walton Casuals on Tuesday.