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But the best chances went begging, with both Graham Schlender and Dan Carlson missing in front of a gaping net.
Chances then went begging at each end in an entertaining second half.
DAVID Cameron went begging to Nick Clegg in a bid to woo Lib Dem support to form a government.
The final score, after loads of chances went begging, Cheltenham 0 Walsall 0
A few chances went begging on Saturday against Stoke but remember Peter Crouch went 14 games before he scored his first goal.
Long-range efforts went begging and Michael Welch's strike was cleared off the line.
But there was more drama as Jake Edwards pulled one back in the 89th minute for Chester and Paul Ellender missed a great chance to level from six yards but Chester boss Mark Wright (above) could only watch as the opportunity went begging.
DAILY EXPRESS: Steve McClaren's side can count themselves unlucky, though, as former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hit a post and several chances went begging.
Former Stile Common junior Gareth Hamlet, of Marsh, came close to breaking the goalless deadlock, when a late chance went begging after Asif Hussain's `goal' was ruled out for offside.
Sale could have done with his boot in the first half when a series of chances went begging which would have put his side in the clear.
This 52nd-minute winner came after Shrewsbury dominated the first half when chances for Ben Smith, Trevor Challis, Luke Rodgers and Dave Walton all went begging.
He started with a par at the par-three 10th, his opening hole, and a birdie chance went begging on the next from 20 ft.