few seconds of total brilliance when Elliott Durrell lobbed
the Boreham Wood goalkeeper from the halfway line to even
up the scoreline made up for an otherwise miserable display
from Chester FC.
shot – which followed Durrell winning the ball
close to the Chester box – will always stay in
the minds of the travelling Blues fans, who must have
made up about half the Meadow Park attendance of 335.
Until that moment, there’d only
been one Chester shot on target in the blustery conditions
– a strike from the otherwise anonymous Craig
The game started off badly from a
Chester perspective when a poor Ryan Astles clearance
fell to the powerful Morgan Ferrier on the fifth minute.
He easily passed Blaine Hudson and shot past goalkeeper
Throughout the rest of the first half,
Boreham Wood continued to look threatening from the
left-hand side. Ferrier had at least a couple of other
chances from the same area.
Boreham Wood almost went 2-0 up in
the second half, but Astles cleared the ball off the
line. However, Chester’s
work rate seemed to change when Durrell replaced Ryan
Chapell on the 73rd minute.
Durrell made himself busy across the
park from the off, and deserved his memorable goal.
Ironically, it came almost 20 years to the day that
David Beckham made his name with a similar goal against
Sam Hughes came on to replace
Kane Richards on the 85th minute, and he helped ensure
Chester continued their record of getting a draw against
Boreham Wood. However, thanks to Durrell’s super
strike, this felt like a really special point and one
that I won’t ever forget.
16 August Barrow 3 Chester 2
Attendance:1,351 (103 Chester). Half Time 2-0
Booked: Hudson, Horwood.
Dixon, Beeley (Parry 46), Anderton, Diarra, Murray, Harvey,
Meikle (Haworth 77), L Hughes, Harrison, Hannah (Bennett
81), Williams. Subs not used: Coughlin, Turnbull.
Chester: Roberts, Vassell, Hudson, Astles, Horwood,
Joyce, Shaw, Durrell (Akintunde 60), Chapell, Hunt (Lloyd
60), Richards. Subs not used: Worsnop, Mahon, Hughes. Referee: Ryan Johnson (Manchester).
late second half fightback proved too late for the Blues
who were left to rue early mistakes as Barrow ran out
3-2 wnners. Manager Jon McCarthy made two changes to the
side beaten at home by Maidstone United on Saturday, in
came Wade Joyce for his debut and Jordan Chapell who replaced
the suspended James Alibi and Luke George.
The Bluebirds made a lively start, goalkeeper Liam Roberts
was called on to produce a fine save to deny ex-Blue Ross
Hannah in the opening minutes as he ran onto a defence
splitting through ball.
Chester responded with an effort from Elliott Durrell
that was saved, and a long range shot from Evan Horwood
that flew wide.
Barrow came more into the game as the half wore on with
Roberts doing well to deny both Lindon Meikle and Laim
Hughes. Just after the half hour Barrow took the lead
as Hannah pounced on an underhit back pass from Durrell,
and rounded Roberts to score.
minutes later Jordan Williams doubled the lead heading
home after Roberts had partially saved a Hannah strike.
Williams almost added a third on the strke of half-time
but smart defending from Ryan Astles cleared the danger.
The third goal for Barrow came 12 minutes after the
restart as Williams got the better of Theo Vassell before
striking the ball high into the net past Roberts from
all of 25 yards.
Roberts made a great save to deny Harison notching a
fourth goal before Chester pulled a goal back through
substitute James Akintunde on 66 minutes scoring from
close range following an Astles assist.
And three minutes later Chester had the ball in the
net again as Akintunde’s cross was slid home by
Chester had a chance to complete an unlikely comeback
in the dying minutes but Kane Richards saw a header
go wide when well placed.
Chester were unable to build on the convincing midweek
victory over Dagenham as they slumped to defeat against
Maidstone United, and to make things worse saw striker
James Alibi given a straight red card for a second half
The visitors started well putting
Chester under pressure though goalkeeper Liam Roberts
dealt with everything the Stones threw at him. Bobby-Jo
Taylor saw a cross-shot flash wide and later Theo Vassell
cleared a Tom Murphy effort off the line as Maidstone
The Blues responded with Johnny Hunt
forcing a save from Worgan before the Stones took the
lead with Anthony Acheampong heading home Murphy’s
right wing cross.
Durrell saw an effort from the right
saved and Evan Horwood tried from long distance on two
occasions with Worgan saving both.
Chester drew level on 31 minutes with
a well taken effort from Alibi. The big striker picked
up a Kane Richards pass, beat a defender and curved
his effort past Worgan’s dive.
The Blues enjoyed a spell of pressure
with both Durrell, Luke George and Alibi going close
to giving Chester the lead.
Ten minutes into the second period
Roberts made a fine save to deny Ben Greenhalgh's goalbound
effort, but he could do nothing two minutes later as
Greenhalgh made amends scoring from close range meeting
a right-wing cross.
Six minutes later Maidstone
added a third as Alex Fisher fired home from 20 yards
into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes from time Chester were
reduced to ten men as Alibi was shown a straight red
card following a challenge involving ‘keeper Worgan
in the area.
The final chance of the game
fell to Dumebi Dumaka who saw his effort crash back
from the post with Roberts beaten.
Chester responded to Saturday’s defeat at Gateshead
in fine style with a comprehensive home victory over newly
relegated Dagenham & Redbridge.
Following a Luke Guttridge effort that flashed just wide
in the opening minute the Blues took the game to their
opponents and went ahead on 12 minutes as Elliott Durrell
hit a spectcular half-volley from 25 yards past Elliot
Justham in the Daggers goal after the visitors had failed
to clear a high ball into the box.
minutes later Chester doubled their lead with another
stunning strike as Tom Shaw picked up a Theo Vassell
through ball, turned and struck a shot into the top
Jordan Maguire-Drew saw a free-kick
slip wide of the Chester goal before Liam Roberts preserved
the 2-0 lead with a great save to deny Oliver Hawkins’
close range header in the final minute of the opening
Just before the hour mark Chester
added a third as James Alibi rose at the near post to
glance home Johnny Hunt’s right wing corner.
Jordan Chapell and Kane Richards
both went close to extending the lead in the dying stages
of the game as the Blues held out for their first victory
of the season.
second half goals from Gateshead brought defeat in the
opening game of the new season.
The Heed started well with Liam Roberts in the Blues goal
being called on to cut out several crosses and save a
one-on-one with Reece Styche.
were creating what chances there were in the opening
period. Wes York forced a save from Roberts then shot
into the side-netting, while Gus Mafuta saw a long range
effort just clear the Chester bar. James Bolton saw
an effort blocked by the stoic Chester defence.
Just before the break an Elliott Durrell
effort from all of 40 yards almost caught Johnson out
in the home goal with the ball flying just over with
the ‘keeper off his line.
The Blues went close again soon after
the restart with James Alibi heading powerfully over
following Theo Vassell’s cross.
Soon after Gateshead took the lead
as McLaughlin and Mafuta combine a the edge of the box,
their on-two set up Bolton whose effort was deflected
in off the leg of Vassell.
A foul on Kane Richards presented
Chester with a 20-yard free-kick but Durrell couldn't
keep the effort on target. A minute later Heed doubled
York beat Durrell to the ball,
played a one-two with Ryan Bowman before racing through
and beating Roberts. Two minutes form time Manny Smith
added a third goal heading home unchallenged after Chester
had failed to clear a McLaughlin corner.