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17:05 11th April 2015

Craig Hobson celebrates goal against Dover

Chester FC 3 Dover Athletic 1

Chester bounced back after a run of disappointing results, beating in-form Dover Athletic 3-1 at the Swansway Chester Stadium in the penultimate home game of the season.

The first real chance of the game fell for the Blues in the 7th minute when Rooney floated in a free kick towards Ben Heneghan who flicked the ball towards goal but his effort went just wide of Mitch Walker in the Dover goal.

There was a huge shout for handball against Dover's Wynter as he looked to take the ball down on his upper right arm, but the referee waved away the appeals. The ball then falls to Mahon who crossed in towards McBurnie but he couldnt direct his header as it floated behind for a goal kick.

Dover very nearly caught out Jon Worsnop as a cross shot in the 19th minute from the left hand side from Tyrone Sterling just evades the grasps of Worsnop and lands on his cross bar.

In the 21st minute Craig Hobson battles his way to the dead ball line and crosses in with his left foot towards Craig Mahon, but the ball is just behind him and he's unable to connect with a shot.

As the Blues looked to turn the screw at the midway point in the first half, Matty Hughes picks up the ball in the left channel, as he cuts in-field he runs across the 18 yard box looking for half a yard to get a shot away, as he unleashes a shot Craig Hobson gets a touch to the ball to put the ball in the back of the net, only to be flagged offside.

Ryan Higgins then picked up the ball around 25 yards from goal on the right, as he came inside he shoots with his right foot but his effort just sailed wide of Walkers right hand post.

Dover took the lead in the 35th minute as Ricky Modeste goes on a mazey run down the right hand side against Gareth Roberts, Modeste eventually crosses into the box and the ball finally finds Stefan Payne who pokes the ball beyond Worsnop to put the visitors ahead.

Dover had a real chance to put themselves 2 goals ahead on 41 minutes as the visitors knocked the ball around nicely and the it eventually finds the goalscorer Payne but with the outside of his right foot his effort flies out of the ground.

Chester then head straight up the other end and John Rooney picks up the ball on the right hand side, he cuts inside and finds half a yard to unleash a curling effort from the left corner of the box. His effort is curling and dipping but the ball goes behind Mitch Walker's goal, although he wasnt convinced the ball was going wide as he dove through the air grasping at thin air.

Chester and Abbot attacked through the middle in the 45th minute, at the second attempt Abbott squeezes the ball to Craig Mahon on the rigght hand side, he twists and turns into the box and shoots, but this time it's straight at the Dover keeper.

As we moved into 3 minutes of first half stoppage time there were a few half chances for the Blues as Mahon again shoots straight at the keeper and Hobson has a header on target but again, straight at the kepper.

Stefan Payne the goalscorer picks up a yellow card for persistent fouling, as the referee brings the half to end.


Straight from the kick off at the start of the second half as the ball is crossed in from the right towards McBurnie who rose highest to bring the Blues straight back on level terms.

Just a minute later, Chester (who have had a rocket in the dressing room at half time) have a corner on the left. Rooney hoists the ball in towards McBurnie who connects with a header towards goal, but this time the balls been flashed wide of the goal.

Chester worked the ball well in the 52nd minute, down the left handside as McBurnie pokes the ball out to Roberts on the overlapping run who crosses in to Hobson, he heads straight at Walker in the Dover goal, but he drops it. The ball eventually falls to Brad Abbott whos got the goal at his mercy, and he slices his effort well over the crossbar and into the car park behind the Harry McNally terrace.

On 58 minutes Chester get a corner on the left hand side. Rooney takes the corner right footed towards Craig Hobson at the near post, Hobson's galnces his header past Walker and into the back of the net to put the Blues ahead for the first time on the afternoon.

On the hour mark, Dover attack down the right hand side, Taiwo crosses in towards Wynter who takes a touch and then shoots straight at Worsnop.

Craig Hobson and Matty Hughes link up really well on the right hand side in the 63rd minute but as Hobson looks to unleash a shot its straight at a Dover shirt who counter attack straight up the other end and get a free-kick on the right side of the box. The free kick comes in and is cleared away by Ben Heneghan.

In the 68th minute there was a very serious incident involving the referee where, as he was running up field from a flurry of Dover corners, he fell over!!

With just over 15 minutes left to play, John Rooney picks the ball up on the left touchline, he cuts in field to the edge of the 18 yard box and he curls a superb effort past Walker into the back of the net to further extend the Blues lead, capping off a much improved Chester performance.

In the last minute of the 90 Dover attacked through the middle and Deverdics shoots from 18 yards straight at Jon Worsnop.

Inside the first of four added minutes at the end of the game, John Rooney takes a corner. He dinks it to Abbott on the left corner of the box who shoots after one touch and his effort only just wide of Walkers goal.

Chester managed to see out the remaining three minutes of stoppage time seeing off some pinball action on the edge of their own box.

Overall, Chester produced a very professional and much improved performance from those of late.


Chester FC: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan, Charnock (C), Roberts, Hughes, Mahon (Winn 88), McBurnie, Hobson (Peers 80), Rooney, Abbott. Subs: Viscosi, Kay, Touray.
Goals: McBurnie (46), Hobson (58), Rooney (73)

Dover Athletic FC: Walker, Wynter (Cogan 86), Raggett, Orlu, Modeste, Murphy (Poole 78), Payne, Sterling, Deverdics, Taiwo (Bellamy 72), Essam (C). Subs Not Used: Kinnear, O'Cearuill.
Goals: Payne (35)

Referee: Ryan Johnson. Assistants: Mark Powell & Duncan Carratt.

Attendance: 1,645

Sponsors Man of the Match: Craig Hobson


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