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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
22:00 29th November 2016

Chester 3 North Ferriby 0

Goals from James Alabi and Kane Richards lifted the Blues into eighth position in the National League – with a 3-0 win over North Ferriby at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Shortly into the second half, the Blues found themselves in front. Mahon worked the ball out on the left byline – before looping in a cross for Richards to turn home from within the six-yard box. After an early season goal drought, the striker has now scored three goals in as many games for the Blues.

The home side then extended in their advantage within two minutes of taking the lead. Watson brought down Alabi within the penalty area – and referee Steve Martin awarded the spot kick. Despite regular penalty taker Tom Shaw being on the pitch, Alabi chose to take and sent the Villagers keeper the wrong way.

Alabi converted his second effort of the game with two minutes left on the clock. The Blues striker shrugged off Ferriby centre-half Mark Gray to work the ball into the box, and smash the ball into the roof of the net.

North Ferriby would have counted themselves lucky when the first chance of the game fell to the Blues twenty minutes in. Alabi fired in a low cross which was nearly scored by Middleton, but the Villagers midfielder cleared the ball away from danger – despite questions over the ball crossing the line.

Moments before half time, and the Blues nearly took the lead. James Alabi orchestrated the attack as he fed through Durrell – but the 27-year old Blues winger fired an effort from 30 yards out, which fell inches wide of Rory Watson’s near post.

Steve Housham would have showed disappointed with his side’s endeavour throughout the encounter – with a strong defensive display only highlighting his lack of options up front. The Villagers have only scored three goals on the road this season -

Assistant manager and ex-Chester striker Darryn Stamp even earned himself a place on the bench against his former side – where he was a key member of the side who won the league title in 2004.

It was the Blues first win at home in three attempts, after drawing in their two previous games – and losing to league leaders Lincoln City. 

Chester: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Durrell (Chapell 76), Mahon (Joyce 82), Shaw, Lloyd, Alabi, Richards (Marsh 86). 
Subs not used: George, Waters.

North Ferriby: Watson, Hare, Topliss, Brogan, Middleton, Gray, Armstrong (Thompson 59), Fallowfield, Sutton, Emerton (Stamp 81), Kendall.
Subs not used: Skelton, Cooke, Douglas.

Attendance: 1392 

Referee: Steve Martin

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