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17:00 27th April 2013

Worcester City 0 Chester FC 1

Chester FC were fortunate to escape St George's Lane with three points after being completely outplayed by Worcester, in their final game at the stadium in their 108 year history. George Horan's 8th minute header was enough for The Blues to claim three points, despite Matty McGinn being shown a straight red card. It caps off an incredible season for The Blues as the club set a record points total for the Blue Square Bet North league on their way to claiming the title.

The Blues started well and Danny Williams, in his last appearance of his season long loan, put in a threatening cross that was headed behind.

From the Dave Hankin corner The Blues took the lead. George Horan heading into the ground and it bounced up past the dive of Matt Sargeant.

Hankin was involved in the action again as he went for the ball with a Worcester player but landed awkwardly on his elbow and was substituted for Wes Baynes.

Both sides were struggling to create many chances, with the game feeling very much like an end of season affair.

Chester were looking sloppy at the back with both Dom Collins and Danny Williams responsible for giving the ball away and leading to one-on-one chances for Worcester.

The first was from Collins' error and saw Danby save well at the feet of Mike Symons as he bore down on goal.

Danny Williams' mistake lead to Kieron Morris breaking free on goal but just as he went to shoot his shot was blocked by Williams, who did brilliantly to chase it down.

Just into injury time Matty McGinn was given his marching orders as he flew into a tackle on Tom Thorley. The referee adjudged the challenge to be dangerous and showed McGinn a straight red.

At half time Chester made their second substitution of the game that saw Paul Linwood returning from injury to replace Dom Collins.

Worcester began the half in the ascendancy, as they had been for the majority of the game so far.

The impressive Matt Birley found Rob Elvins on the edge of the Chester penalty area and his shot on the half volley had to be pushed over by Danby.

In the best move of the match Chester nearly had their second. Nathan Jarman found Tony Gray, he played the perfectly weighted ball to Marc Williams who squared it to Iain Howard, near the penalty spot, he managed to get an effort goalwards but it rebounded back off the inside of the post.

Worcester continued to look the better side and Ethan Moore had three good opportunities to get the hosts level.

The first he met Tyler Weir's cross at the near post only to put it wide from six yards before moments later he ran on to a through ball and lifted it over Danby but Chester cleared it away.

Daniel Williams then beat Danny Williams of Chester before playing a ball through to Moore who, at full stretch, saw his effort rebound back to Danby off the post.

Ethan Moore again went close, this time controlling and turning to shoot on the volley but just wide of Danby's right hand post.

Next up it was Daniel Williams, of the hosts, to try his luck from 20 yards. Danby parried the initial effort but was able to gather at the second attempt.

Chester were able to see out the final few minutes and hold on for the three points to take their final tally to 107 for the season.

Chester: Danby, Hankin (Baynes 30), McGinn, Horan (c), Collins (Linwood 45), A Williams, Peers (Gray 59), Howard, Jarman, M Williams, D Williams
Subs: Roberts, Fearon

Worcester: Sargeant, Weir, Khan (Moore 59), Thorley, Whitehead (c), Rowe, Birley (D Williams 71), Elvins, Symons (Taylor 64), Breeze, Morris
Subs: Ayres, Taylor, Smith, D Williams

Goal Scorers: Chester - Horan (8).
Man of the match: Danby
Attendance: 4,072
Referee: Mr S Barrow
Assistant Referee: Mr G Hubbard, Mr M Billingham

Match Report by Chris Graham


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