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MATCH REPORT

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17:01 23rd February 2013

Jarman makes it 2-0

Chester FC 2 Vauxhall Motors 0

Chester FC battled hard to ensure that they remained sixteen points clear at the top of the Blue Square Bet North. Goals from debutant Brendon Daniels and substitute Nathan Jarman in either half were enough to give The Blues all three points, despite an impressive display from the visitors.

After a quiet start Chester broke the deadlock with the first real attack of the game. Tony Gray's chested pass started a move on the half way line, Lee Trundle found Iain Howard on the left, Howard got a cross in that Gray wasn't able to get a touch on but it ran to Antoni Sarcevic who's shot was well saved by Zac Jones but debutant loanee Brendon Daniels was on hand to bundle the ball home.

It didn't take long for Chester create another golden opportunity as Wes Baynes played a brilliant crossfield ball to pick out Iain Howard, he cut inside Steve Wainwright and shot with his right foot but could only scuff an effort wide of a diving Zac Jones and the goal.

Craig Mahon was leading the threat for the visitors and his effort from 20 yards had John Danby panicked and forced the Chester 'keeper to get a touch, despite it going wide.

Chester newboy Lee Trundle, went close to marking his home debut with an incredible strike, chesting the ball and shooting on the turn, with the ball on the half volley, just over the bar.

The Blues were struggling to keep the ball, needlessly giving it away on numerous occasions and were nearly punished as Obi Anoruo broke free of the defence and, fortunately for The Blues, shot wide of Danby's right hand post.

Antoni Sarcevic nearly doubled Chester's lead early in the second half but he was challenged just as he was about to shoot from a Tony Gray flick on and the ball rolled just wide of the post for a corner.

Moments later and Vauxhall's were almost level, Louis Barnes' free kick was punched straight to Ashley Stott by John Danby, he lifted it over the 'keeper but Paul Linwood was back on the line to clear the danger.

Vauxhall's grew in confidence as the half progressed and Steve Wainwright's low cross found Tom Rutter, his shot from a tight angle forced Danby into a good save.

Chester had a similar opportunity at the other end as Nathan Turner exploited a gap in the Motors defence as they pushed forward and his shot was saved by Zac Jones.

Chester began to regain a foothold going forward and substitute Matty McGinn curled a free kick over the wall but Zac Jones did well to punch the ball away.

After a hard fought afternoon Vauxhall's team started to tire towards the end and Chester capitalised, Tony Gray's cross picked out Nathan Jarman who was unmarked in the penalty area and unleashed a powerful strike from close range past Zac Jones.

Motor's were still pushing players forward though and Tom Rutter sprung the offside track but he could only shoot straight at Danby in the Chester goal.

Danby was called on again in injury time as Louis Barnes' free kick was pushed away by the Chester stopper.

Chester: Danby, Baynes, Horan, Linwood, D Williams, A Williams, Daniels (Jarman 73), Sarcevic, Trundle (N Turner 57), Gray, Howard (McGinn 69)
subs: Collins, McGinn, Jarman, M Williams

Vauxhall Motors: Jones, Wainwright, Barnes, Hannigan (Kocsas), Nicholas, Noone, Mahon, Anoruo (Moss), Rutter, Stott, Clair
Subs: Martindale, Ellison

Goal Scorers: Chester: Daniels (12), Jarman (88).
Man of the Match: Chester: Horan. Vauxhall Motors: Mahon.
Attendance: 2,912
Referee: Mr M Ackerman
Assistant Referees: Mr B McGill, Mr R Wild

Match Report by Chris Graham

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