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