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15:10 7th March 2015

Rough challenge in the Derby

Wrexham 1 Chester 0

Chester were edged out by an early goal in the 150th cross border derby at the Racecourse Ground.

Kieron Morris scored the eighth minute strike that was enough to give Wrexham the spoils on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The home side were the team to take the initiative at the start of the match. A cross to the back post found Louis Moult who squeezed an effort through the legs of Jon Worsnop – but Kieran Charnock was back to clear it off the line.

Moments later however, the hosts were in front when Connor Jennings found Morris – who made no mistake in lashing the ball home from the edge of the box.

The Blues looked to respond - with Charnock involved again – heading a McConville corner wide of the post.

Matty Hughes then went close, when his low volleyed effort trickled inches wide of the post.

But Wrexham did have chances to make it two. First, when Morris was found by Moult, but his effort went wide despite beating Worsnop.

Joe Clarke then had a huge chance to double the lead.

He charged down Heneghan’s clearance and, with Worsnop hesitating, was one on one with the keeper but the visiting shot stopper saved well with his legs.

Steve Burr’s men did look to respond as the second half commenced – with Gareth Roberts sweetly hitting a volley which forced Coughlin into a good low save.

From the resulting corner, McBurnie headed straight at the keeper from close range.

The forward, back on loan from Bradford, then did well to chest the ball down for sub Matty Brown, but his shot was well over the bar.

Wrexham goalscorer Morris then looked to double the lead - however his shot went just wide of the mark.

The Blues struggled to conjure up any clear cut chances late on – and sank to a disappointing defeat against their local rivals.

Wrexham: Coughlin, Ashton, Smith, Hudson, Clarke, Moult (Bishop 76), Tomassen, Evans, Jennings, Morris (York 88), Storer (Keates 66).

Subs Not Used: Durrell, Waterfall.

Booked: Evans, Storer, Ashton.

Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan, Charnock (Brown 60), Roberts, Abbott (James 61), Rooney, McConville (Hobson 74), Hughes, Mahon, McBurnie.

Subs Not Used: Viscosi, Richards.

Booked: Mahon, Higgins, Brown.

Scorers:  Morris 8

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 6,340


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