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05:55 4th February 2014

Macclesfield Town 3 Chester FC 2

Chester FC were left to curse their misfortune as they saw two goals ruled out on their way to a 3-2 defeat at Macclesfield Town. Gareth Seddon's composed finish gave Chester the lead but they were quickly pulled back as Scott Boden beat Danby to a cross. Steve Williams manage to lose his man in the area to deftly head pass John Danby for a second before Chris Holroyd added a third. John Rooney's volley got Chester within a goal but they couldn't perform the Great Escape.

Steve Burr opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation with Matthew Taylor, Jamie Reed and John Rooney all supporting lone striker Gareth Seddon for the Cheshire derby against Macclesfield Town.

It was the hosts who started the better of the two sides but it was Chester that took the lead with the first chance of the game as Matty Taylor's through ball found Gareth Seddon one on one with Rhys Taylor and the Blues striker coolly finished with the outside of his right foot, going in off the post for the perfect start.

It didn't last long though as three minutes later Macclesfield were level. A long throw wasn't dealt with by the Chester defence and Town top scorer Scott Boden beat Danby to it for his 12th of the season.

A minute later and Chester thought they had restored the lead, John Rooney's 30 yard effort was only parried by Rhys Taylor and Gareth Seddon turned it home but from an offisde position.

It was the hosts that took the lead next as Steve Williams met Joe Connor's free kick and turned home with a deft header after losing his man.

Chester nearly got back level almost immediately as John Rooney's volley was just wide.

The Blues had the ball in the back of the net for a third time as Paul Linwood met John Rooney's free kick but again the linesman had his flag up to deny the visitors.

Paul Linwood was given another chance to restore parity but his header, from another Rooney cross, was into the ground.

Jamie Reed then had a chance as he latched on to John Danby's free kick and turned on the half volley but it was just wide.

The hosts still looked very dangerous when in possession but couldn't create clear cut chances but Chester's naive defending offered them plenty of free kicks in dangerous positions to create from and on the stroke of half time nearly made Chester pay as Danny Andrew's ball in hit Gareth Seddon and John Danby had to be alert to turn it away.

The visitors continued to create the greater chances in the second half as John Rooney's free kick again found a yellow shirt but Jamie Reed couldn't direct his header on target.

Chester couldn't make the hosts pay though as former Chester players Jack Mackreth and Chris Holroyd combined to extend the Macclesfield lead. The winger's ball found Holroyd in the middle who headed low past Danby in the Chester goal.

Holroyd had a chance to add a fourth as he flashed an effort wide of the far post, with two Macclesfield players desperately trying to find a finishing touch at the back post.

Joe Connor thought he'd bagged another for the hosts but it was ruled out for a foul on John Danby.

Chester went straight down the other end and substitute Craig Mahon was nearly in at the other end only to be denied by a superb challenge by goalkeeper Rhys Taylor as Mahon reached the ball.

Lewis Turner was the next one to get in as Matty Taylor picked him out but despite the right back cutting inside his effort was blocked.

The majority of Chester's chances were coming from John Rooney's terrific set pieces and he picked out Gareth Seddon who could only volley wide from six yards out.

Peter Winn nearly scored a goal of the season contender for the hosts as he controlled on his chest and volleyed just over the bar.

With three minutes to go of normal time Chester were given a lifeline as Craig Mahon's cross was vollied in by John Rooney in a stunning effort.

As the clock ticked onto the 90th minute Chester nearly equalised, John Rooney's set piece again causing problems as it was met by Gareth Seddon who couldn't keep the ball down and put it over the bar from six yards out as the Blues couldn't salvage a point.

Chester: Danby, L Turner, Horan (c) (Kay 60), Linwood, Bond, Jarrett (Mahon 45), Heath, Rooney, Taylor, Reed (Mainwaring 60), Seddon
Subs: Fearon, G Miller

Macclesfield: Taylor, Connor, Andrew, Martin (Halls 7), Mackreth, Holroyd (Lewis 89), Winn, Williams, Boden (Fairhurst 86), Whitaker (c), Kay
Subs: Rowe, Gnahoua

Goal Scorers: Chester: Seddon (19), Rooney (87). Macclesfield: Boden (22), Williams (33), Holroyd (54)
Bookings: Chester: Jarrett. Macclesfield: Andrew
Man of the match: Rooney

Referee: P Rees
Assistant Referees: D McNamara, M Cunliffe
Attendance: 1,771

Match Report by Chris Graham


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