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MATCH REPORTS 2017/18

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NOVEMBER
Eastleigh (A) | Wrexham (H) | Bromley (A) | Leyton Orient (A) | Dagenham & Redbridge (H)
Wednesday 8 November
Chester 0 Wrexham 1
Football Conference National
Attendance: 4,079 (1,200 Wrexham) Half Time: 0-1
Booked: Archer.

Chester: Lynch, Halls, Rowe-Turner, Astles, Hall-Johnson (Turnbull 26), Gough, James (Zanzala 88), Dawson, Akintunde (White 82), Hannah, Archer. Subs not used: Vaughan, Bell.
Wrexham: Dunn, Jennings (Carrington 54), Smith, Pearson, Wedgbury, Kelly (Mackreth 73), Wright, Roberts, Massanka (Boden 66), Holroyd, Rutherford. Subs not used: Dibble, Reid.
Referee: Thomas Bramall.


Chester will count themselves unlucky not to come away with at least a point from the derby match that is settled with a goal just before half-time.

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Saturday 4 November
Eastleigh 2 Chester 2
Football Conference National
Attendance: 1,868 (138 Chester) Half Time: 1-0
Booked: Dawson, Hall-Johnson.

Eastleigh: Flitney, Hoyte, Obileye (Strevens 71), Yeates, Constable, Hollands, Boyce, Miley, Ben Williamson (McAllister 74), Howe, McSheffrey (Matthews 78). Subs not used: Zebroski, Dennet.
Chester: Mitchell, Halls, Astles, Rowe-Turner, Gough, Hall-Johnson, Dawson, James, Hannah (Bell 83), Akintunde (Joyce 90), Archer. Subs not used: Vaughan, Davies, White.
Referee: Savvas Yianni.


On the eve of Bonfire Night it was Chester who scored a couple of second half firecrackers to enable them to share the spoils of this rearranged fixture.

But that finish seemed unlikely from the outset as the visitors were caught napping inside the first two minutes, when they failed to clear the ball and gave Ben Williamson just enough room to put the hosts ahead with a good strike.

The closest Chester came to scoring in the first half was when Kingsley James had a glorious opportunity just before the break after a great cross by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. But he somehow hit his shot wide, leaving the 138 travelling fans open-mouthed.

Only eight minutes had gone in the second half when much-travelled Gary McSheffrey – once the youngest player in the Premier League – put Eastleigh two-nil up with a near post header.

Chester didn't let their heads drop at this stage though, and a great cross back from James enabled James Akintunde to put an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net on the 60th minute.

The Blues continued their fightback and there were chances for Lucas Dawson and substitute Nyal Bell. But it was Ryan Astles who netted the equaliser on the 89th minute when his header from a corner went past goalkeeper Ross Flitney to ensure the Chester fans left the Silverlake Stadium with more of a smile on their faces than they did after last month’s original fixture was postponed.

Sue Choularton

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