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16:56 1st February 2014

John Rooney in the action

Chester 1 Welling 3

Chester FC slipped to their second successive defeat, this time to Welling United. The Blues trailed 2-0 at the break after an abysmal performance in the first half which Harry Cornick and Ross Lafayette scored before getting a third through Joe Healy. There was a ray of sunshine for Chester as debutant Matty Taylor scored to get one back.

Steve Burr made two changes to the side that lost against Forest Green a week ago, bringing Michael Kay and new loan signing Matthew Taylor for Jamie Menagh and Craig Lindfield while top scorer Gareth Seddon returned to the bench after missing a month and a half of action.

The opening 15 minutes saw no real chances either way, though Welling looked the more threatening.

Chester lost Kevin McIntyre in the 17th minute after he'd tracked back to make a challenge, injuring himself in the process.

Welling took full advantage of the extra man and a ball over the top left Harry Cornick one on one with John Danby, with the Wings striker finishing low to the keepers left.

The chances were falling to the visitors as Chester looked disjointed, Michael Kay's clearance from a cross was struck by Joe Healy but John Danby saved comfortably.

Chester's half got worse with five minutes to go until half time as John Danby was caught on the ball by Sho-Silva who squared for Ross Lafayette to tap in from close range.

The Blues started the second half better, with Matty Taylor beating his man before finding Lewis Turner, the Leeds mans cross was deflected to Michael Kay who struck a sidefooted effort wide of the post.

John Rooney then saw his effort blocked before Welling extended their lead in the 53rd minute. As Jason Jarrett appealed for a free kick Joe Healy got into space and fired a low effort past Danby from 30 yards out.

The Blues got one back almost immediately as debutant Matty Taylor got himself a goal with the first chance he'd had after finding himself in space on the edge of the area he dispatched his effort superbly.

Chester could have got back to within a goal with just under 25 minutes remaining when Jason Jarrett couldn't convert a good opportunity after substitute Gareth Seddon had flicked the ball on, instead poking the ball wide of the post.

The visitors nearly got a fourth as Harry Beautyman did well before shooting over the bar, with Danby worried.

Bad turned to worse for Chester in the last minute of normal time as Ross Killock dived in on Ross Lafayette and was shown a second yellow card but it didn't effect the outcome.

Chester: Danby, Kay, Horan, Killock, McIntyre (Menagh 17), L Turner, Jarrett, G Miller (Bond 70), Rooney, Reed (Seddon 57), Taylor.
Subs: Bond, Mahon, Fearon.

Welling: Butcher, Jack Obersteller, Gallagher, Bergqvist, Lafayette, Hudson, McLaren (Joe Obersteller 33),Beautyman, Healy, Cornick (Guthrie 58), Sho-Silva (Ajala 62).
Subs: Turner, Wakefield

Goal Scorers: Chester: Taylor (55). Welling: Cornick (17), Lafayette (40), Healy (53)
Bookings: Chester: Kay, Killock, Turner. Welling: Guthrie.
Sent off: Chester: Killock.
Man of the match: Chester: Taylor. Welling: Hudson.
Attendance: 2,074

Referee: Darren England
Assistant Referee: Martin Woods, Joe Johnson
4th Official: Justin Hayes

Match Report by Chris Graham


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