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21:40 13th August 2013

Chester 0 Hereford United 2

Chester FC's first home game since returning to the top level of Non League Football was an unsuccessful one. The Blues conceded on the stroke of half time as Rob McDonald headed into an open goal after a Danby mistake before Michael Kay was sent off for a second yellow card in the opening minutes of the second half. From the resulting free kick Sam Smith was able to tap home after the Chester defence was unable to clear the ball.

Both sides shared early chances as Mahon's looping header landed on the roof of the net for the Blues and Purdie twisted and turned before shooting straight at Danby.

Chester were trying to exploit long balls towards the channel and a ball aimed at Seddon from Michael Kay was knocked down to Marc Williams who, seeing Evans off his line, shot by couldn't hit the target.

Hereford thought they'd taken the lead as Michael Rankine turned George Horan before passing Michael Kay but Kevin McIntyre got back in time to put a foot in and block the challenge before it fell to Dan Walker who turned home before the assistant referee gave it offside.

Despite only a few chances in the half Hereford took the lead on the stroke of half time. Danby came for Rob Purdie's corner but missed the ball and Rod McDonald headed into the unguarded goal.

The Bulls had time to almost double their lead as Michael Rankine headed across the face of goal, and fortunately for Chester there was nobody on hand to turn the ball in.

Five minutes into the second half and Chester's job got a whole deal harder as Michael Kay slid in to tackle Dan Walker, the referee adjudged he got player first and showed him a second yellow card.

From the resulting free kick Hereford got their second, the ball played to the far post where Chester failed to deal with it and Sam Smith tapped in.

Chester nearly had a lifeline as Kevin McIntyre squared the ball to Jamie Reed, unmarked in the centre of the penalty area, but he just couldn't get a toe to turn the ball goalwards.

Hereford nearly increased their lead as Chris Bush's curling free kick should have been gathered comfortably by Danby but he could only parry it out to Sam Smith who's diving effort hit the post.

While Chester tried to keep the pressure on Hereford were able to take advantage of the tired legs and Michael Rankine nearly made it three as he overlapped a run but John Danby made a smart save at the near post but it wasn't enough to change the result on the night.

Chester: Danby, L Turner, Kay (Linwood), N Turner, Horan (c), Harrison, McIntyre, Lindfield (Jarrett), Seddon, M Williams (Reed), Mahon
Subs: Heath, A Williams

Hereford: Evans, Leadbitter, Purdie (Artus), Smith (Sharp), James, O'Keefe, Rankine, Graham (c), McDonald, Bush, Walker (Pilkington)
Subs: Collins, Edwards

Goal Scorers: Hereford: McDonald, Smith.
Man of the Match: Lewis Turner.
Attendance: 2,900
Bookings: Chester: Kay, McIntyre.
Sent off: Kay (2nd Yellow)
Referee: Mr Richard Martin
Assistant Referees: Mr David McNamara, Mr Michael Bonage
Fourth Official: Mr Thomas Kirk

Match report by Chris Graham


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