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23:36 16th August 2014

Braintree Town 1 Chester FC 3

A man of the match display by Sean McConville ensured Chester picked up their first points of the season.

The forward scored two and created the other goal in an excellent second half display following Kenny Davis'
first half penalty had given the Iron the lead.

Chester started slowly in this one, and were almost behind immediately as Chez Isaac found some space, but
his shot was met by a terrific one handed save by Freddie Hall. Sean Marks then hit the crossbar just moments
later, and the nervous defence was eventually broken when John Disney handled set piece that was whipped
into the area. Kenny Davis had no troubles in dispatching the penalty.

The blues did respond as Mahon's flicked effort was tipped over, and then Rooney blasted well over from the
edge of the box, but could not come any closer to levelling the scores in the first half.

Braintree then had further chances via a free header from Marks which went wide, and Dan Taylor who nipped
past Brown and Charnock before shooting wide from around 20 yards.

But Steve Burr's side responded excellently and John Rooney hit the post seconds after the restart. Rooney
then turned provider as he slotted a ball through to McConville, who finished cooly to draw the blues

The visitors were enduring a purple patch in the game, as Iwelumo then fired over the bar minutes
before he provided Chester with the first lead they have taken in a match of the season. McConville sent
in a deep cross and the former Scotland international had no trouble finishing. McConville extended the
lead moments later when he was teed up by Craig Mahon.

The hosts Braintree looked stunned and could not conjure up a response, as Chester hung on for a superb and
most welcome three points.

Braintree: Hamann, Brundle, Habergham, Isaac, Massey, Walker (Bakare 59), Davis, Marks (Cox 65), Sparkes, Peters,

Unused Subs: Case, Clerima, Pentney.

Booked: Marks

Goal: Davis (pen) 24.

Chester: Hall, Disney (Heneghan 46), Brown, Charnock, Roberts, Mahon, Rooney, James, Winn (Menagh 90),
         Iwelumo (Hobson 85), McConville.

Unused Subs: Worsnop,  Riley.

Booked: Brown

Goals: McConville 48,67; Iwelumo 64.


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