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MATCH REPORTS 2016/17

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MARCH
Tranmere Rovers (H) | Eastleigh (H) | Macclesfield Town (H) | Bromley (A) | Barrow (H)
Saturday 25 March
Bromley 0 Chester 1
Conference Premier
Attendance: 1,237 (152 Chester) Half Time 0-0
Booked: Dawson, Durrell.

Bromley: Flitney, Chorley, Dunne, Holland, Minshull (Dymond 64), Hall (Porter 70), Dennis, Anderson, Higgs, Turgott (McLoughlin 79), Sho-Silva. Subs not used: Johnson, Goldberg.
Chester:Lynch, Vassell, Astles, Hughes (Joyce 81), Hunt (Hudson 46), Shaw, Lloyd, Durrell, Dawson (Horwood 46), Alabi, Richards. Subs not used: Roberts, Waters.
Referee: Dean Treleavenl.

Elliott Durrell scores with two minutes to go as Chester seal three vital points in a scrappy game at Bromley.

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Tuesday 21 March
Chester 2 Macclesfield Town 3
Conference Premier
Attendance: 1,802 Half Time 1-2
Booked: Durrell.

Chester: Lynch, Hudson (Vassell 46), Hunt, Hughes, Astles, O'Brien (Richards 46), Shaw, Dawson, Lloyd, Durrell, Alabi. Subs not used: Roberts, Horwood, Joyce.
Macclesfield Town: Flinders, Halls, Fitzpatrick, Byrne, McCombe, Browne, Norburn, Mackreth, Whitaker, Dudley (Holroyd 86), Summerfield. Subs not used: Ross, Pilkington, Thorne, Haworth.
Referee: Thomas Bramall.

Chester take a fifth minute lead through James Alabi but find themselves down at the break. A Kane Richards equaliser looks to have rescued a poing before the Silkmen strike five minutes from time.



Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Saturday 18 March
Chester 0 Eastleigh 1
Conference Premier
Attendance: 1,643 Half Time 0-0
Booked: Hudson, Richards.

Chester: Lynch, Hughes, Astles, Hudson (O'Brien 77), Hunt, Vassell, Durrell, Lloyd, Dawson (Horwood 80), Alabi, Richards (Shaw 70). Subs not used: Roberts, Joyce.
Eastleigh: Stack, Green, Close, Hoyte, McAllister, Odoffin, Johnson (Obileye 80), Burge (Matthews 69), Reid, Togwell, Tubbs (Wilson 69). Subs not used: Constable, Clarke.
Referee: Andrew Miller.

Chester concede another late goal as Eastleigh grab all three points with a last minute winner.


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Friday 3 March
Chester 2 Tranmere Rovers 3
Conference Premier
Attendance: 3,696 Half Time 1-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Durrell (Mahon 84), Joyce, Lloyd, Horwood (O’Brien 60), Richards (Dawson 67), Alabi. Subs not used: Roberts, Killock.
Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Vaughan, McNulty, Ihiekwe, Ridehalgh, Hughes, Maynard (Harris 7), Mekki, Sutton, Stockton (Cook 58), Mangan (Norwood 65). Subs not used: Turner, Jennings.
Referee: Antony Coggins.


Chester were beaten at home for the second time in a month in front of the TV cameras as local rivals Tranmere Rovers scored twice in the final ten minutes to snatch a victory.
Manager Jon McCarthy was without both Luke George and Tom Shaw through injury and handed the captain's armband to Sam Hughes who became the clubs youngster ever player to hold that honour.

The Blues got off to a dream start having been handed a penalty just two minutes in by referee Antony Coggins after Evan Horwood had been brought down by Adam Mekki, the TV replay showed the incident had taken place a yard outside the box. After a delay James Alibi stepped up to smash the ball past Scott Davies in the Rovers goal.

Despite plenty of possession in the opening stages Tranmere couldn’ t break through the Chester rearguard with Alex Lynch called on just once to save a back flick from Cole Stockton from six yards.

Hughes saw a glancing header just go wide following a corner before the Blues almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Elliott Durrell saw a curling free-kick over the defensive wall hit the outside of the post with Davies beaten.

Tranmere started the second half strongly and drew level ten minutes in as ex-Chester player Jay Harris sent a low 20-yarder into the bottom corner just out of the reach of Lynch.

Davies did well to prevent Alibi adding a second as he rushed out to block the striker on the edge of the box, but on 63 minutes Chester regained the lead as Ryan Lloyd's right wing corner was met by Ryan Astles who glanced a header past Davies and the defenders on the line.

Nine minutes from time Tranmere drew level again. Substitute Lucas Dawson, on for Kane Richards, lost possession and Liam Ridehalgh crossed to Rovers substitute James Norwood to head past Lynch from close range. A great tackle by Hughes prevented Andy Cook from adding a third but the substitute had the final say as Mekki layed-off a long punt upfield from Davies to Cook who volleyed past Lynch for the winning goal in the 89th minute.

Despite seven minutes of stoppage time Chester couldn't find a way back into a pulsating game with Dawson shooting over from a free-kick as the visitors held out for all three points.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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