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16:51 25th January 2014

Forest Green 3 Chester FC 0

Two goals from veteran striker Lee Hughes helped put pay to Chester's unbeaten start to Steve Burr's reign as manager after the Blues went down to a 3-0 defeat at Forest Green.

Chester had gone into the game in full confidence after two straight wins against Barnet and Woking,

Ross Killock nearly opened the scoring for Chester when his header from a John Rooney struck the bar with Jason Jarrett unable to follow up on the rebound.

Midway through the half Forest Green made the breakthrough with Hughes netting after a pass from James Norwood to knock the Blues out of their stride.

Hughes was beginning to make a further impression throughout the remainder of the first half with the home side in the ascendancy, but Chester managed to remain just the one goal down going into the half time break.

After Lewis Turner was booked for a rash challenge, new signing Andy Bond was brought on by Burr to try and get the Blues level, and just after the hour Craig Mahon was also introduced but just a minute later it was Forest Green who doubled their lead.

Norwood it was who drifted free and struck a left footed shot which flew into the corner of the net to leave Chester a mountain to climb.

Chester's miserable afternoon then went from bad to worse when Hughes grabbed his second goal of the afternoon to make it 3-0 to Forest Green after he unleashed a shot which fizzed past John Danby on 72 minutes.

The Blues couldn't find any consolation and so it's a first defeat in 2014 for Chester and Steve Burr, and now attentions will turn to next Saturday's home game against Welling United at the Swansway Chester Stadium where the Blues will hope to get back on track once again in their efforts to get free from the bottom four.

Forest Green: Russell, Hodgkiss, Bangura, Turley, Norwood, Wright (Vieira 79), Oshodi, Barry (c) (Green 82), Kelly, Binnom-Williams, Hughes (Walker 86)

Subs not used: Afasu-Adjaye, Bulman

Goals: Hughes 22, 73. Norwood 64.

Chester: Danby, L Turner, Horan (c), Killock, McIntyre, Lindfield (Bond 55), G Miller, Jarrett (Mahon 63), Menagh (Peers 83), Rooney, Reed

Subs: Kay, Fearon

Booked: Turner

Referee: Adam Hopkins
Attendance: 1,483


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