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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
22:00 22nd August 2012

Ben Mills

Match Report sponsored by Daulby Read

Chester FC secured their first home victory of the season, and made it two wins out of two in the Blue Square North. Ben Mills' goal on his home debut was enough to separate the two sides in a closely fought contest infront of a bumper crowd at the Exacta Stadium.

Chester started the game brightly, and were almost able to recreate the incredible start at Oxford, with Iain Howard again at the heart of a move, this time Howard's shot, after four minutes, was scuffed wide.

Workington struggled to clear a Wes Baynes corner and after balls twice being aimed towards Paul Linwood it broke to Dave Hankin, his shot stung the hands of the visiting 'keeper, who was able to gather at the second attempt.

The visitors first effort came from their captain, David Hewson, who's effort from the right of the area went just wide.

After weathering early pressure from Chester, Workington started to come into the game and a mistake from Levi Mackin allowed Jonny Wright to get in behind The Blues defence but his lob was under-hit and John Danby was able to get back.

The best chance for The Reds fell to Jonny Wright, Niall Cowperthwaite's cross from the right hand side allowed Wright to get in between Danby and the Chester defence but he was unable to find the target with his effort.

The home side were able to come back with a golden chance of their own as Marc Williams met a Wes Baynes corner but was unable to direct his header on target. 

The Blues went close with efforts from Antoni Sarcevic, forcing Taylor into a smart save at his near post, Nathan Jarman, a header just wide and Wes Baynes, who's shot went over the crossbar.

With the two sides cancelling each other out they went in to the break level. Chester had the first chance of the second half, with Nathan Jarman expertly striking the ball on the turn only for it to go just wide with Taylor stranded. 

The Blues came the closest of either side as Marc Williams' shot was tipped onto the inside of the post by Aaran Taylor.

As the home side turned up the pressure it was substitute Ben Mills, on his home debut, who broke the deadlock, capping off a wonderful move. A sublime ball from Wes Baynes to pick out Nathan Jarman inside the penalty area, Jarman laid the ball, first time, across the penalty area and Ben Mills was on hand to put it home.

Workington nearly struck back straight away as Mark Sloan's effort was tipped over by John Danby, from the corner Sloan again went close but his half volley went to the right of Danby's goal.

Jarman and Mills continued to link up well for the hosts and it was the latter who had his header saved from around the penalty spot. 

Workington pushed hard as the clock run down and Jonny Wright had an effort blocked before his rebounded effort was caught by Danby. Wright had another effort, rising highest to a Phil McLuckie cross but it was wide of the target and Chester were able to hold out for three points.

Chester FC: Danby, Baynes, Mackin, Horan (c), Linwood, A Williams, Hankin (Collins 22), Sarcevic, Jarman, M Williams (Mills 58), Howard (McGinn 77)
Subs not used: Powell, Clancy

Workington: Taylor, Cowperthwaite, Rowntree, May, Andrews (Wraighte 82), Boyd (Vaulks 65), Sloan (Todd 70), Hewson (c), Wright, Arnison, McLuckie
Subs not used: Simpson, Scott

Goal Scorers: Mills (62 minutes)
Man of the match: Chester FC - Ashley Williams, Workington - Aaran Taylor
Attendance: 3,007

Referee: Mr S Lucas
Assistant Referees: Mr M Woods, Mr P Mahon

Match report by Chris Graham
    Data provided by Press Association

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