Vauxhall Motors 0 Chester FC 3
Chester registered a convincing win at Rivacre Park on Tuesday night, chalking up a 3-0 win over Vauxhall Motors thanks to an own goal, a debut goal for Danny Williams and a first goal of the season for Sean Clancy as they returned to the top of the Blue Square North.
The Motormen were reduced to ten men midway through the first half and never really recovered from that setback and Chester took full advantage with a strong attacking second half performance.
Neil Young had rung the changes following Saturday's 2-1 win over Histon, with new loan signing Danny Williams making his debut on the left side of midfield, Luke Denton coming in at right back, whilst Tony Gray was given a start ahead of Marc Williams. Ashley Williams also came in for Dave Hankin as Chester played their second game in 72 hours.
Playing in their green and black away strip, and in terrible conditions, it was Chester who grabbed an early advantage on 10 minutes, when Tony Gray, fresh form his goal assist on Saturday, crossed from the right wing to see defender Conor Roberts-Nurse deflect the ball into his own net, the perfect start for Chester.
Just close to the half hour mark and Roberts-Nurse'e evening would get worse as he brought down Sean Clancy by the touchline, and the referee deemed that a straight red and Vauxhall's were reduced to ten men for the remaining hour of the game.
By this time, the weather was getting worse, with heavy rain threatening to upset the flow of the game, but Chester continued to press and debutant Danny Williams fired in a blockbuster of a shot which Motors keeper Jones touched over the bar for a corner.
Into the second half and Chester really upped it a gear, and Paul Linwood can count himself unlucky not have got on the scoresheet as his well struck effort was cleared off the line by Tom Rutter on 56 minutes.
Dave Hankin and Wes Baynes came on for Gray and the already booked Denson, and it didn't take long for them to make an impression, as Hankin delivered a sublime cross from the right which was met on the volley by Danny Williams who scored a debut goal to put Chester 2-0 up on 65 minutes.
Then, just 5 minutes later, it was Williams again who somehow crossed from the left to pick out Sean Clancy, who twisted himself into position for an acrobatic volley which flew past Jones and into the back of the net to score his first Chester goal and to make it 3-0 on the night.
Chester then saw out the remaining minutes and deservedly ran out winners on the night, though Motors will feel hard done to for the decision to send off their right back, but it's Chester who head back to the summit of the Blue Square North thanks to the win.
Chester: Danby, Denson (Baynes 64), Collins, Linwood, D Williams, Sarcevic, Brown, A Williams (Mackin 72), Clancy, Gray (Hankin 64), Jarman.
Subs: Howard, Taylor.
Goals: Roberts-Nurse (OG) 10, D Williams 65, Clancy 70.
Man of the Match: Danny Williams
Vauxhall Motors: Jones, Roberts-Nurse, Dames, Hannigan, Nicholas, Thompson, Mahon, Egerton (Moss 59), Rutter (Winslade 72), Burns, Noone (Clair 59).
Subs: Kocis, Ellison.
Sent Off: Roberts-Nurse 27