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06:43 5th July 2014

Chester FC came from 3-1 behind to beat Nuneaton Town in the final game of the season. McBurnie, James, Thomson and McConville with a doubled securing all three points for the home side. 

Chester had an early opportunity to take the lead when Mahon fed the short corner across to Higgins who blasted the ball over the South Stand from 35 yards out. The Blues looked the most impressive within the opening minutes as Rooney laid the ball off to McBurnie, but Crocombe in the Nuneaton goal peated out the attack for another corner. But Nuneaton went to the other end of the pitch and after a mix up at the back, Gordon found himself through on goal. The Nuneaton striker shrugged off Heneghan and Charnock to strike from the edge of the area, only missing the target by inches.

The Blues were let off yet again moments later by another quick attack by the visitors. Dawson picked up the ball following a clearance by Heneghan, he controlled the ball well and struck from 30 yards out on the half volley. Worsnop was left scrambling in the air but the Nuneaton midfielder's strike went inches wide of his near post. 

Mahon had a decent chance to put the home side yet again following another slick short corner routine. The Irish midfielder found himself in acres of space after a lay-off by Rooney and decided to take his shot at goal, but it was marginally wide of Crocombe's far post, who was left stationary 

But the visitors found themselves in front as the Blues were caught on the counter attack. Gordon beat Roberts on the left hand side and floated in a cross which was poked home by Andy Brown. With Nuneaton already relegated, the goal was only his sixth of the season and made himself the club's leading scorer this season. 

They doubled their advantage moments later as Nuneaton were gifted a disputed corner. Dawson whipped the corner and found Cowan unmarked at the far post to head home and look to give the visitors all three points.

The Blues pulled a goal back just before half time with no clear cut chances between the Nuneaton second goal. Mahon was fouled 40 yards out of the left hand side and Rooney fired over a free kick which was headed into the back of the net by Bradford loanee Oli McBurnie. New Zealand international Crocombe was left rooted to the spot as his header glided into the far corner.

Seconds after the restart and Nuneton tripled their lead with a stunning goal from Josh Rees. A corner was taken short on the right hand side by Dawson, he found Rees who was 25 yards out who picked up the ball and fired into the top corner, beating Worsnop between the sticks.

The home side could have made it 3-2 within moments of the restart. Matty Hughes carried the ball from the left wing before passing it backwards to Higgins, who whipped in a hopeful cross for Mahon who's header fell comfortably into the gloves of Crocombe.

There was more hope for the Blues when James pulled a goal back. Hughes had a bursting run into the area, before placing a through ball forward to James who slotted the ball underneath Crocombe from the edge of the area. Hughes was the key player in that attack, breaking through the weak Nuneaton defence to find the vital pass.

Steve Burr's men then pulled the game level with substitute Sean McConville coming on to make an inspiring difference. A cross field ball by Rooney found James. The Blues midfielder crossed the ball across the Nuneaton defence and McConville found space to tuck the ball comfortably past Crocombe.

And almost instantly from the restart, the Blues found themselves in front for the first time in the game. Rooney floated in a corner from the right hand side and after a goal mouth scramble in the area, McConville got the final touch to give the Blues the lead.

The lead was sealed for the Blues when substitute and fan favourite Thomson fired home to make it 5-3 to the home side. Hughes yet again found space on the right and passed the ball on the edge of the area to Thomson, who evades three Nuneaton defenders to fire into the back of the net.

Chester FC: Worsnop (Viscosi)Heneghan, Charnock(C), Roberts, Mahon (McConville) James, Rooney, Hughes, McBurnie (Thomson), Hobson. Subs: Viscosi, Peers, Touray

Nuneaton Town: Crocombe, Smith, Cowan (Brown), Dean, Franklin, Ogleby, Gordon, Brown, Rees, Dawson, Sodje. Subs: Wrenn, Walker


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