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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:50 10th March 2015
By  Albert Davies

Plainmoor

Torquay 0 Chester 1

Chester bounced back from their disappointing derby defeat, edging past Torquay to record their 16th league win of the season at Plainmoor.

George Thomson was the scorer inside the opening 30 minutes, marking his first competitive start for the Blues with a first goal.

Thomson may well have got that first Chester goal inside the first minute of the match, but Martin Rice got down well to deny him an early strike.

But the hosts did have a chance of their own early one when Ryan Bowman looped a header past Jon Worsnop, but it fell just over the bar.

Kingsley James was one of Steve Burr's three changes following Saturday's defeat to Wrexham - and the midfielder headed wide from a Thomson corner moments later.

Bowman was certainly the dangerman for Torquay, as he forced Worsnop into action with a fierce shot - however the Gulls frontman was flagged offside.

However, Thomson was proving to be Chester's biggest threat, as he forced Rice into another save after doing brilliantly to chest down and volley in one swift motion.

Nevertheless, it was Thomson who deserved his goal on the half hour mark, finishing brilliantly after being played in by Barnsley loanee Brad Abbott.

Torquay did respond well in the second half early on, as Young was denied by a good low save from Worsnop.

Louis Briscoe then headed just wide for the Gulls who were growing into the game as the half advanced.

Bowman was then back in the thick of the action for the hosts when he hit a bullet long range header just over the bar.

The home side did look shaky at the back however, and Thomson should have doubled the advantage when he intercepted Aaron Downes' poorly timed header back to his keeper, but Rice saved well one-on-one.

Steve Burr's men then went even closer to doubling the lead, as McBurnie's header was stopped by Rice from point blank range brilliantly.

Chester were nearly made to pay for that miss a minute later, but Worsnop made an excellent double save to deny Luke Young once more.

John Rooney tested Rice on two separate occasions inside the last ten minutes; as the Blues were still creating chances on the counter attack.

At the other end, Torquay failed to find a way through the stern Chester defence late onĀ  - as Steve Burr's men took all three points back up north.

Torquay: Rice (gk), Downes, Pearce, Harding (Richards 77), Briscoe (Yeoman 77), Young (c), Bowman, Ajala, Chapell, Gueguen, Dawson (Campbell 85).
Subs Not Used: Cameron, Reid.
Chester: Worsnop, Roberts, Kay (Brown 90+3), Heneghan, Higgins, Mahon, Rooney, James, Abbott, Thomson (Hughes 75), McBurnie (Hobson 90+3).
Subs Not Used: Viscosi, Richards.
Scorer: Thomson 29
Attendance: 1,221 (62 Chester)

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