Worsnop, Higgins (Kay 76), Heneghan, Brown, Charnock,
Mahon, Abbott (Hobson 60), James, Rooney, McConville,
Hughes (G.Roberts 63). Subs not used: Viscosi, Peers. Woking: Crowe, Ricketts, Jones, Saah,
Arthur, Goddard (Banya 68), Payne, Murtagh, Betsy, Rendell,
Odubabe (Sole 74). Subs not used: Little, Nutter, Oyeleke. Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (Doncaster).
A third home defeat in four matches for Chester who are
reduced to ten men before Woking grab a late stunning
the exhilaration of Saturday’s comeback against
Grimsby this was a hugely disappointing performance and
result against struggling Dartford.
Blues had worked hard, whilst never really getting into
top gear, against well-disciplined opponents and eventually
succeeded in breaking the deadlock when McBurnie glanced
home a brilliant header from Mahon’s right wing
cross shortly into the second half. Infuriatingly they
held the lead for less than a minute as Green appeared
in space on the edge of the box to flick the ball over
Worsnop for an immediate equaliser.
So it was back to square one with City striving to find
a way through serried ranks of defenders as the Darts
once more got at least nine men behind the ball. They
also played it around well when they got hold of it and
shortly after equalising Crawford then struck the bar
with a curling shot.
City’s best chance of forging ahead again fell to
James as Mahon’s cross was flicked on by McBurnie
and landed at the midfielder’s feet on the edge
of the six yard box. Instead of shooting, however, James
took an extra touch and was closed down by a Dartford
Rooney tried an effort from outside the box but was woefully
inaccurate and then he and Abbott were replaced shortly
afterwards by McConville and Richards respectively but
neither could help find a way through the visitors’
defence. Richards indeed had a cameo nightmare –
being brushed off the ball with ease every time he had
it. From one such incident the visitors broke away to
win a corner in the final minute. It resulted in Kingsley
James deflecting the ball past Worsnop at the near post
for an own goal.
The contrast with last Saturday could not have been greater.
The sense of anti-climax was palpable save a grudging
admiration for Dartford who were desperate for the points
and had held to their game plan with steely determination.
fans came en masse to the Deva sporting jester hats –
part of a themed fancy dress run in to the end of the
season as they push for promotion – but it was City
who had the last laugh as they forced an unlikely draw
from a losing position.
Steve Burr rang a few changes to the team with Touray
and Richards lining up down the left and Rooney dropping
to the bench and Hughes starting the match. With their
massed fans urging them on Grimsby pressed Chester back.
Ollie Palmer and Jon-Paul Pittman looked lively as did
former City loanee (From Trnamere) Jack Mackreth down
the right. It was from this direction that the opening
goal was worked as Palmer latched on to Pittman’s
flick and deftly lifted the ball over Worsnop.
City tried to respond and Hughes in particular looked
threatening down Chester’s right but Grimsby gave
little room for manoeuvre and would not allow Blues to
dwell on the ball. Thomson found McBurnie in the box with
a rifled pass and the youngster seemed to be bundled over
before he could shoot but the referee waived away appeals
for a penalty. Shortly after this Thomson had to be replaced
by Mahon after picking up a knock. At the other end Arnold
lifted his volley over the bar to the relief of the home
Following the break Chester began to dominate as they
looked for an equaliser and began to hold the ball better
as they applied pressure to the visitors. But then the
Mariners retaliated and pinned the Blues back in their
own half. Eventually a shooting opportunity was carved
out for Arnold and his effort hit the post. Pittman was
quickest to react and turned home the rebound for a second
goal for Grimsby.
The travelling hordes were bouncing now and even indulged
in a Poznan celebration. But Chester dug in and began
to sweep forward again. With fifteen minutes left they
were rewarded when Higgins overlapped and crossed low
into the box. The ball eluded McBurnie but there was Heneghan
to turn it in and the home support began to believe that
the Blues could get something from the game.
Rooney, having replaced Richards, was turning the tide
in City’s favour and it fell to him to stroke home
the penalty that resulted after Hughes was tripped by
Robertson as he cut in from the right. The equaliser set
up a grandstand finish as both sides went full pelt for
a winning goal. Worsnop pulled off a couple of incredible
saves as the ball pinged around in the area. Hobson came
on and had a good chance to score but his shot was beaten
away by McKeown.
Chester don’t seem to do draws very often this season
but this is the third time they have come back from two-nil
down to draw 2-2 and epitomised the never-say-die attitude
that Steve Burr seems to have instilled in his Blue Boys.
Thomson opened his Chester account on his full debut with
the winning goal at Plainmoor as the Blues bounced back
from the disappointing derby day defeat at the weekend.
Manager Steve Burr made three changes from the side that
lost at Wrexham. Injuries forced out Kieran Charnock and
Sean McConville with Michael Kay and Kingsley James returning
to the starting X1.
Thomson was in the action from the start forcing a save
from Martin Rice in the Gulls goal in the opening minute,
before Ryan Bowman responded for the home team heading
just over after a smart move.
A loose back pass let in Bowman who rounded Jon Worsnop
but saw his effort blocked by the back tracking Blues
defence. Great work from John Rooney set up Thomson who
controlled with his chest before seeing a volley well
saved by Rice.
The Blues woodwork was rattled as Luke Young went close
from a free-kick. Moments later Chester struck s a ball
over the home defence saw Thomson race through, take a
touch to control the ball before firing past Rice.
A great save from Worsnop denied Young at the start of
the second period and Louis Briscoe headed wide when well
placed from a Bowman cross. Minutes later it was Bowman’s
turn to head wide as the home side pressed for an equaliser.
Oliver McBurnie almost doubled Chester's lead with a header
that brought out a fine save from Rice. His opposite number
Worsnop once again pulled off a fine save to deny Young
diving low at the near post to preserve Chester’s
The home side pressed with a series of crosses in the
final minutes but the Chester defence held firm to pick
up three welcome points.
was a disappointing display from Chester that saw an early
Wrexham goal claim all three points. The Blues, without
a match for two weeks, were second best throughout the
first half failing to really test Andy Coughlin in the
home goal during the 45 minutes.
Manager Steve Burr made one change from the side that
lost to Eastleigh on the last outing with on-loan striker
Oliver McBurnie returning to the starting X1 at the expense
of Craig Hobson who started on the bench.
Wrexham had Chester on the back foot from the start with
Kieran Charnock handily placed to clear off the line after
a Louis Moult fifth minute effort had crept through Jon
Worsnop’s legs towards goal.
The only decisive goal of the game came three minutes
later as a through ball from Connor Jennings on the right
found on-loan Walsall striker Kieron Morris on the left
edge of the box, he controlled the ball before firing
past Worsnop into the bottom corner of the net.
Chester responded with two efforts as Charnock heading
wide following a corner and McBurnie seeing an effort
charged down on the edge of the box.
The home side created
several chances to double their advantage but found
Worsnop in good form saving well from a Kyle Storer
Morris missed a great chance to double the Dragons lead
as he shot wide after being sent through one-on-one
with Worsnop. The final action of the half saw Worsnop
make another fine save to deny Rob Evans a certain goal.
Chester started the second period brighter creating
a couple of chances, Gareth Roberts forced Coughlin
into a fine save from his stinging volley and then the
shot stopper palmed away a goalbound header from McBurnie.
Manager Steve Burr made changes bringing on Matty Brown
and Kingsley James (for Charnock and Brad Abbott), but
it was Wrexham who were finishing stronger. Worsnop
blocked a Wes York effort with his legs as the home
side saw the game out without any serious threat from
the Blues forward line.