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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
14:15 29th April 2017

Chester 0 Boreham Wood 2

Chester ended their National League campaign with yet another defeat at home, with Boreham Wood running out 2-0 winners.

Blues were all but assured safety despite not being mathematically out of the relegation battle. Boreham Wood however could have comfortably secured a cushioned mid-table spot – after a rather successful campaign for the Hertfordshire-based outfit.

Jon McCarthy’s side could have found themselves in front in the early stages – only to be denied by Wood keeper Grant Smith. An inch perfect cross-field ball from winger Elliott Durrell found the on-running Liam Davies – who could only fire directly at Smith from close range. 

A rather end to end encounter throughout the first half would have made 0-0 a fair score line at the break. But moments before the half time whistle, Luke Garrad’s visitors took the lead through veteran midfielder Kenny Davis. Several unfortunate deflections allowed the ex-Braintree captain’s strike to trickle over Alex Lynch’s goal line from the edge of the box.

Boreham Wood doubled their advantage just after the hour mark when ex-QPR winger Angelo Balanta fired home. Causing problems all afternoon, Balanta was given acres of space to line-up a shot and beat Lynch from 25-yards out. 

A tense atmosphere in the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium was met with a disallowed goal for the Blues. Ryan Lloyd chipped an excellent ball destined for James Akintunde within the box – but the ex-Cambridge man found himself in an offside position. In which denying him a goal on his first home start since a lengthy spell on the side lines.

Chester FC: Lynch, Vassell, Astles, Hughes, Hunt, Durrell (Waters 48), Shaw (Dawson 62), Lloyd, Davies (Joyce 62), Alabi, Akintunde.
Subs not used: Roberts, Marsh.

Boreham Wood: Smith, Nunn, Paine, Stephens, Shakes, Davis, Andrade (Morgan 81), Ferrier (Sach 86), Ilesanmi, Balanta, Devera (Reason 72).
Subs not used: Hitchcock, Keita.

Referee: Simon Barrow.
Attendance: 2013

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