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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 1st April 2013

Chester FC 2 Altrincham 0

Chester FC took another massive stride to their third consecutive league title with a hard fought victory over in-form Altrincham. Goals from Matty McGinn and Dom Collins in either half were enough to get the three points for The Blues, who seemed in control for large spells of the game.

Chester set out their stall early on, shading possession and leaving Altrincham looking for long balls towards Reeves as their main outlet. Dave Hankin had a chance to break the deadlock ten minutes in but he scuffed his effort and The Robins were able to clear.

Man of the match, Matty McGinn, broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, with his fourth goal in five games.

After winning a header following a long ball McGinn played a one-two with Tony Gray inside the area before dispatching the ball high into the back of the net, past Stuart Coburn.

In-form striker, Tony Gray, should have doubled Chester's lead after being found from Nathan Jarman's overhead kick, but he managed to hit it over from close range.

Altrincham had a couple of chances themselves, both falling to captain Sean Densmore. The first a free kick that he blazed over, the second a counter attack that he hit wide.

A flurry of corners saw Chester nearly increase their lead as George Horan headed the ball goalwards only to see it cleared off the line before realising the referee had blown for a free kick.

The score remained 1-0 until half time, and Nathan Jarman was nearly able to get on to a through ball but was just short of it and it rolled through to Coburn.

Altrincham saw their best spell of the game saw them get a large appeal for a handball, it did appear to hit Lewis Turner on the arm however there was no distance between the shot and Turner.

Moments later James Lawrie's brilliant cross just elude both Damian Reeves and Carl Rodgers when only the faintest of touches would have saw it goalbound.

After Neil Young had brought off both Jarman and Gray whilst switching to a 4-5-1, Chester went close to doubling their lead. Matty McGinn's free kick picked out Dom Collins who could only head the ball against the crossbar.

With fifteen minutes remaining Altrincham had their best chance to equalise, James Lawrie's free kick was flicked on by Gianluca Havern to top-scorer Damian reeves at the back post but Reeves couldn't tap home from a couple of yards out.

Dom Collins, returning to the side in place of Paul Linwood, made the result safe as Horan, on the right wing, found Hankin who played the ball into the middle, the ball broke to Collins who beat Coburn with his left foot to ensure The Blues took all three points.

Chester: Danby, L Turner, McGinn, Horan (c), Collins, N Turner (Brown), Hankin, Sarcevic, Jarman (A Williams), Gray (M Williams), D Williams
Subs: Linwood, Baynes

Altrincham: Coburn, Densmore (c), Leather (Clee), Rodgers, Havern, Hall, Richman, Boshell, Brooke (Watmore), Reeves, Lawrie (Moult)
Subs: Doughty, Samburg

Goal Scorers: Chester: McGinn (24), Collins (84). Altrincham: .
Man of the Match: Chester: Matty McGinn. Altrincham: Simon Richman.
Attendance: 3,089
Referee: Mr R Jones
Assistant Referee: Mr P Gibbons, Mr D McDonald

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