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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 5th April 2014

Jason Jarrett shoots against Hyde

Blues secure a vital three points!

Chester FC secured a vital three points against already relegated Hyde. Goals from Gareth Seddon, Craig Hobson and a Josh Brizell saw Chester race to a three goal lead before Adam Blakeman fired home a brace either side of Matty Brown being a straight red card for dissent.

Steve Burr made two changes from the side that struggled at Woking last weekend, both Matty Brown and Kevin McIntyre returned from injury in place of Paul Linwood and Joe Heath.

Chester started brightly and could have taken the lead as Gareth Seddon found space on the edge of the area but could only tamely first to Hyde 'keeper Chris Kettings.

Chances continued to come the Blues way as John Rooney created some space with a smart turn on the edge of the area but couldn't keep his shot down after 4 minutes.

It wasn't all going the hosts way though and the Tigers should have taken the lead after six minutes, a cross found Chester's defence static and Connor Hughes had all the time in the world from six yards out but instead fired over the bar, much to the relief of the Chester faithful.

Gareth Seddon looked very lively, playing on the shoulder of the last man and it was this way that he scored the opening goal of the game, beating his defender before producing a stunning half volley lob over Chris Kettings to give the Blues the lead.

All Chester's attacking threat was coming through Gareth Seddon and after Craig Mahon's cross found him and an acrobatic scissors kick drifted just wide.

Chester doubled the lead through a comical own goal as Josh Brizell headed the ball over his oncoming goalkeeper.

The half quietened until the break but Hyde started the second half with an early chance for Alex Brown. The former Chester man fired straight at Aaron Chapman.

John Rooney brightened up the game after he turned his man and fired an outrageous effort from just inside the Hyde half that Chris Kettings took out of play for a corner.

From the resulting corner, that was taken by Rooney, Craig Hobson headed home at the near post.

Hyde did get one back though as Adam Blakeman scored an absolutely superb free kick, on the edge of the Chester area Blakeman curler home a stunning left footed free kick.

In the 62nd minute Matty Brown was shown a straight red card for throwing the ball at a Hyde player after conceding a free kick.

The Tigers capitalised and as Chester conceded another free kick in the same position as Hyde scored their first from it was the same result as Adam Blakeman fired home, this time to the opposite side of Aaron Chapman who was left helpless.

Regan Walker should have pulled the visitors level as he was unmarked with the Chester defence stood still but he couldn't direct his header on target.

At the other end John Rooney's corner hit Jason Jarrett 6 yards out but he couldn't react quick enough to direct it on target.

As five added minutes went up on the board Hyde continued to look for an equaliser and when Liam Tomsett's effort fell straight to a Hyde player in the area but he couldn't direct on target.

As the five minutes elapsed Aaron Chapman couldn't claim a cross and Regan Walker fired an effort goalwards that Andy Bond cleared off the line to secure three vital points!

Chester: Chapman, L Turner, Brown, Kay, McIntyre, Bond, Jarrett, Rooney, Mahon (Linwood 79), Seddon (c) (Griffin 65), Hobson (Menagh 86)
Subs: Danby, Peers

Hyde: Kettings, Brizell, Blakeman, Haining (Thornton 74), McQuade, Tomsett, Clark, Brown (c), Thurston (Day 88), Walker, Hughes
Subs: Fitzgerald, Pollard, Kirby

Goal Scorers: Chester: Seddon (15), Brizell o.g (23), Hobson (50). Hyde: Blakeman (57, 64)
Bookings: Chester: Mahon, Kay, Rooney. Hyde: Blakeman, Tomsett.
Sent off: Chester: Brown.
Man of the Match: Chester: L Turner. Hyde: Blakeman.
Attendance: 2,228

Referee: Ben Toner
Assistant Referees: Matthew Pope, Martin Woods
4th Official: Richard Woodward

Match Report by Chris Graham

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