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15:18 31st August 2013

Wrexham 0 Chester 2

Ten men Chester FC recorded a historic victory at the Racecourse ground, their first there in over 30 years and the first of the season. Man of the match Paul Linwood broke the deadlock early on before Lewis Turner added a second to seal the win, marred only by Ashley Williams' sending off.

New boy Danny Higginbotham started the game, with Paul Linwood and John Danby both returning to the starting line up and it worked as Chester got off to the perfect start.

Sunderland loanee, Jordan Laidler, took a free kick midway inside the Wrexham and found the head of Paul Linwood who placed his header passed Joslain Mayebi in the Wrexham goal who could only get a hand to it.

It got even better for the Blues as Nathan Turner did brilliantly to beat two men before crossing towards Ben Mills, who deflected it to Lewis Turner who poked the ball home to double the advantage.

Wrexham looked comfortable in posession but Chester were looking dangerous on the counter attack, with Alex Titchiner causing problems down the channels and linking up well with Nathan Turner.

Despite having the ball in dangerous positions the hosts were stuck playing infront of the Blues stern defence, with Danby untested in the first half.

Wrexham nearly got back into the game as Andy Bishop flicked on a long ball forward to Kevin Thornton but Ashley Williams did an excellent job of getting back to challenge.

Chester looked comfortable in defence though, battling hard all over the pitch to win possession back and not giving Wrexham any time on the ball.

The visitors nearly added to their lead as substitute Gareth Seddon and Ben Mills linked up to find Nathan Turner who beat his man and tried to slot the ball into the bottom corner but Joslain Mayebi was down well to save.

At the other end Rob Ogleby found himself in space but could only head over.

There was still time for drama though as Ashley Williams was sent off for raising his hands to Bradley Reid, meaning Chester endured 10 nailbiting minutes.

As the hosts continued to push it was captain Paul Linwood, who was outstanding at the back, that took it upon himself to hold the Blues defence together.

Chester: Danby, Kay, L Turner, Higginbotham (Chippendale), N Turner, Harrison, McIntyre, Mills, Titchiner (Seddon), Laidler (A Williams), Linwood (c)
Subs: Horan, Reed

Wrexham: Mayebi, Ashton (c), Thornton (Ogleby), Creighton (Ntame), Clarke, Bishop, Ormerod (Anyinsah), Tomassen, Hunt, Evans, Reid
Subs: Coughlin, Morrell

Goal Scorers: Chester: Linwood (5), L Turner (17)
Man of the match: Paul Linwood
Bookings: Chester: Chippendale, Nathan Turner. Wrexham: Bishop
Sent off: Chester: Ashley Williams
Attendance: 6,037 (888 from Chester)
Referee: Mr W Barratt
Assistant Referees: Mr J Hayes, Mr M Hanley
4th Official: Mr L Watson

Match Report by Chris Graham


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