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16:58 1st March 2014

Chester 3 Nuneaton 3

Chester FC had their hearts broken in the dying minutes against Nuneaton Town. After Jason Jarrett was shown a red card after just 8 minutes the Blues lead three times with goals from Rooney, Taylor and Killock before Nuneaton inevitably pulled them back each time to earn a point with an Andy Brown brace and a Louis Moult's strike.

Steve Burr made one change from the side that faced Tamworth midweek, with Matt Brown out injured and new signing Ricky Bridge going straight into the starting lineup.

Chester got off to a nightmare start with Jason Jarrett sent off eight minutes into the match for a tackle with studs raised, Jarrett maintained that he won the ball, which he did, but the referee deemed the challenge dangerous with the speed that Jarrett had.

The Blues didn't change anything tactically, instead moving Rooney into the middle with Taylor taking up a berth on the left wing.

It was the home side that had the first chance, debutant Ricky Bridge playing a ball forward to Craig Mahon who's header was tamely towards Belshaw in the Nuneaton goal.

Nuneaton struggled to get their foot on the ball and the sending off galvinized the Chester crowd and team and it was the Blues that broke the deadlock. Lewis Turner's terrific overlapping run saw him pick out John Rooney who brilliantly vollied the ball low into the bottom corner, going in off the inside of the post.

The visitors first real chance of the game fell to their prolific talisman Andy Brown, a quick counter attack saw villain for the afternoon, Adam Walker, launch a quick counter attack before finding Brown on the edge of the area but Chapman was down low to save his effort.

Boro started to press more as they got the ball down and Chester struggled to keep possession and the equaliser came just after the half hour as Wes York's cross saw Louis Moult rise highest to head home from close range.

Chester didn't let their heads drop though and restored their lead within five minutes, Craig Mahon, who has been excellent in recent weeks, twisted and turned before putting in a fantastic cross that cannoned off the post with the defence and keeper all baffled and midweek hat-trick hero, Matty Taylor tapped home from a yard out.

The goal seemed to help the home side find their passes a bit better and they continued to threaten while the visitors looked most dangerous on the counter attack.

Andy Brown struck a real sucker punch as the additional time for the first half was announced by equalising with an unmarked header midway inside the Chester penalty area.

The second half was a far quieter affair, with neither side really creating any chances, though the visitors looked the more likely to make anything happen.

Gavin Cowan went close for the visitors as Chapman struggled to get to a corner and the Boro centre half saw his header cleared away on the line.

The following corner saw a real goal mouth scramble with a couple of super blocks first from Louis Moult then Delroy Gordon.

Chester launched a counter attack of their own and Matt Taylor won a free kick that John Rooney took and won a corner, Andy Brown just deflecting the ball over the bar.

From the corner Paul Linwood's header was punched away on the goal line.

It wasn't long before Chester had the lead for the third time of the afternoon as a Rooney corner wasn't dealt with and Ross Killock powered home a half volley to the jubilation of the Chester fans.

Substitute Dave Hibbert did well to create some space in the Chester penalty area before unleashing a tame shot that was saved by Aaron Chapman.

Nuneaton continued to threaten from crosses into the penalty area and as Aaron Chapman couldn't gather the ball Gavin Cowan headed it over the bar at the back post.

In the 86th minute Andy Brown denied Chester what would have been a well deserved three point, a corner into the area wasn't dealt with by the Chester defence and Andy Brown scored a true poachers effort from inside the six yard box to break Chester hearts.

Chester: Chapman, L Turner, Killock, Linwood, Bridge (N Turner 72), Rooney, Bond, Jarrett, Mahon, Seddon (c), Taylor
Subs: Danby, Menagh, Lindfield, Daniels, N Turner

Nuneaton: Belshaw, Gordon (Hibbert 74), Streete, Cowan, Dean (c), Walker, Sleath, Armson, Moult, Brown, York
Subs: Delfonueso, Trainer, Taylor, Adams, Hibbert

Goal Scorers: Chester: Rooney (16), Taylor (35), Killock (70). Nuneaton: Moult (31), Brown (45, 86).
Bookings: Chester: N Turner.
Sent Off: Chester: Jarrett
Man of the Match: Chester: Mahon. Nuneaton: Brown.
Attendance: 2,213

Referee: Ben Toner
Assistant Referee: Justin Hayes, Richard Wild
4th Official: Matthew Pope


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