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21 February Chester 0 Eastleigh 1
Football Conference Premier
Attendance: 2,294 Half Time 0-0
completed the double over Lincoln City as Sean McConville’s
goal just before the break brought a fourth straight
victory and moved Chester up to tenth position.
Manager Steve Burr kept the same starting X1 as the
one that had beaten the Imps 4-0 towards the end of
last month, Kingsley James returned from suspension
to take a place in the bench.
The first half chance of the game fell to Arnaud Mendy
who shot over after some uncertainty in the Blues goal
from Jon Worsnop following a long throw saw the loose
ball fall free.
Chances were at a premium in the opening half but four
minutes before half-time a moment of magic from McConville
brought the game to life. On-loan striker Oliver McBurnie
half off a couple of defenders to roll the ball to McConville
who rifled home from the corner of the box giving goalkeeper
Paul Farman no chance in the home goal.
A booking for Michael Kay early in the second period
took his tally to 10 and brings with it a two match
suspension. Farnam saved from a John Rooney free kick
before some great defending from Gareth Roberts and
Ben Heneghan denied Ben Tomlinson a great opportunity
to bring the sides level.
Lincoln had plenty of possession in the last quarter
of the game though Worsnop was rarely troubled as his
defence kept the Imps at bay. McConville could have
sealed the three points in the dying minutes but he
managed to steer Brad Abbott’s pass wide of goal
from close range.
That miss was forgotten moments later as referee Dean
Treleaven blew for full-time as the Chester players
went over to celebrate with the 335 Blues supporters
who’d made the trip to Sincil Bank.