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21:53 25th March 2014

Danny carlton celebrates first Chester FC goal

Chester 2 Tamworth 0

Two second half goals saw Chester FC run out victors against Tamworth. After a hard fought first half, it was Chester that took the lead through a Ben Richard-Everton's spectacular own goal before Danny Carlton's first goal for the club secured all three points.

Steve Burr made one side that played well against Luton at the weekend, with Craig Mahon coming back into the side for Nathan Turner after recovering from injury.

The Irishman nearly made the perfect return to the side as Jason Jarrett picked him out inside the penalty area after the ball had bounced around the Tamworth penalty area but the tricky winger couldn't get his effort on target.

Both sides were very much feeling each other out in the early stages and it wass Chester that looked more likely to make anything happen, John Rooney fired a 25 yard effort just over the bar before getting another chance shortly after but he couldn't keep his effort down.

The visitors started to press and enjoyed a couple of good chances of their own, first Wrexham loanee, Kevin Thornton, swung in a cross that just eluded Justin Richards, then Thornton himself fired an effort that Chapman turned behind without knowing too much about it.

Jamie Menagh managed to find some space, cutting inside his man and firing low but Tamworth 'keeper, Cameron Belford, parried the effort with his knees. At the other end Kevin Thornton again was causing problems and he fired an effort that stung the fingertips of Aaron Chapman.

The Lambs were looking dangerous on the counter and Matthew Barnes-Homer forced Chapman to push an effort away before Jason Jarrett gave the ball straight to Kevin Thornton who couldn't keep his effort down.

The visitors had the first effort of the second half, Justin Richards flicking a header goalwards and Aaron Chapman forced into a brilliant reaction.

Tamworth continued to press and Lloyd Kerry found some space inside the area but his effort was well wide, much to the relief of the Chester supporters.

It was Chester that broke the deadlock though, John Rooney's sublime through ball to Lewis Turner saw the right back cut a ball back across the penalty area and Ben Richards-Everton could only turn it past Cameron Belford in the visitors goal.

The hosts quickly doubled their lead, with Danny Carlton's first goal for the club. John Rooney's free kick was headed down by Craig Hobson where the loanee from Hyde was able to scramble the ball past Cameron Belford.

Rooney nearly got his name on the scoresheet as Tamworth failed to clear their lines and the Chester player unleashed a fierce drive that was turned behind by Cameron Belford.

It was Rooney again who went close as he fired a free kick in from an angle and it cannoned back off the post.

Nathan Turner had a chance to put the icing on the cake as Chester's hard work found him with space in penalty area but he couldn't keep his shot down.

Chester: Chapman, L Turner, Kay, Linwood (c) (Carlton 52), Heath, Bond, Jarrett, Rooney, Mahon (N Turner 79), Menagh (Lindfield 90), Hobson
Subs: Danby, Carlton, Lindfield, Blake, N Turner

Tamworth: Belford, Evans, Richards-Everton, Kerry, Richards, Thornton, Caprice, Barnes-Homer (Batis-Cane 76), Mahon (c) (Haworth 83), Keane, Baker (Peniket 68)
Subs: Hoban, Peniket, Woolery, Batis-Cande, Haworth

Goal Scorers: Chester: Richards-Everton (o.g 62), Carlton (68)
Booked: Tamworth: Caprice
Man of the Match: Chester: Hobson. Tamworth: Richards-Everton
Attendance: 1,731

Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistant Referee: Chris Isherwood, John Dowd
4th Official: Michael Bonage

Match Report by Chris Graham


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