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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 17th April 2017

Chester 2 Woking 3

Chester failed to win at home in the National League - with a 3-2 loss over relegation strugglers Woking.

Woking started the brightest – and could have found themselves ahead early on. Ryan Lloyd miscued a back pass destined for Alex Lynch, before Delano Sam-Yorke picked up the ball with only the Blues keeper to beat. The 28-year old fluffed his lines, directing a tame effort into the side netting.

Jon McCarthy settled for two changes from the defeat at Forest Green on Good Friday. In came Lloyd and Tom Shaw, replacing Lucas Dawson and Johnny Hunt – who both dropped to the bench.

To the surprise of Blues fans, Ryan Astles made a darting run forwards following a pleated-out Woking attack. The centre-half made an exchange of passes with Tom Shaw, before the Chester vice-captain turned provider. A lofty ball into the box was headed goal bound by Astles, but Michael Poke held on well enough.

James Alabi gave Chester their best chance of the first half. A long ball forward from Ryan Astles evaded the Cards defence, allowing the Blues striker freedom to shoot past Michael Poke. After some pressure, the Cards keeper got down well to deny a late lead at the break.

Garry Hill’s side were ahead with just 8 minutes on the clock in the second half. Sam Hughes got the ball stuck under his feet, and there was the Cards’ captain Brian Saah to fire the visitors ahead.

But, minutes later, the Blues pulled themselves level through home debutant Liam Davies. Wade Joyce executed a brilliant cross from the right side – and the 20-year old was on hand at the far post to head home his first goal in a blue and white shirt.

A positive attacking change with James Akintunde making a return for Wade Joyce – the Blues took the lead. A scrap within the area lead to the Chester substitute feeding in Durrell who smashed the ball past Poke.

But in a similar vain, Woking equalised just a few moments later. In just his first touch of the game, Connor Hall got on the end of a cross to poke home.

Chester were dealt their final blow when Luke George was penalised for a handball in the area. Referee Steve Rushton awarded the spot kick to the visitors. Gozie Ugwu made no mistake from 12 yards – and tucked home underneath Lynch. 

Chester: Lynch, George, Astles, Hughes, Vassell, Davies, Shaw, Lloyd, Joyce (Akintunde 72), Durrell, Alabi.
Subs not used: Roberts, Waters, Dawson, Hunt.

Woking: Poke, Caprice (C.Hall 85), Thomas, Jones, Saah, Murtagh, Ugwu, Ralph, Saraiva (Kretzschmar 69), Sam-Yorke (Lucas 61), Ferdinand.
Subs not used: B.Hall, Lewis.

Referee: Steve Rushton

Attendance: 1770

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