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17:00 22nd August 2015

500 up - Michael Kay scores landmark goal

Woking 5 Chester 2

Chester suffered a disasterous afternoon against Woking, seeing Ben Heneghan sent off and the hosts rushing to a three goal lead with goals from John Goddard, Dan Holman and Kadell Daniel before Michael Kay scored the Blues 500th goal for the club since reforming. Woking added another through Bruno Andrade before a wonderful free kick from John Rooney got Chester's second but there was still enough time for Ben Pattie to add a fifth.

Steve Burr made just one change from the side that faced Cheltenham Town in an exciting draw on Tuesday as Craig Hobson returned to the starting line-up, with Craig Mahon dropping to the bench.

The first real opportunity of the afternoon fell to Jordan Chapell as Jake Cole's clearance fell to him on the right side of the area but he could only lift the ball over the crossbar.

The home sides first real chance of the half came down to Dan Holman, who showed quick feet to control and create some space but couldn't get his shot on target.

Despite the even start Chester's afternoon started to unravel after a quarter of an hour, first Ross Hannah was forced off through injury and six minutes later Ben Heneghan was shown a straight red card after denying Dan Holman a clear goalscoring opportunity.

John Goddard stepped up and confidently dispatched the penalty, sending Jon Worsnop the wrong way to give the hosts the lead.

Kadell Daniel was impressive for the home side and he nearly created a second goal shortly after, with Chester on the ropes. Daniel's quick feet on the right side of the area saw him beat Hunt and cut back but nobody was on hand to turn the ball goalwards.

Chester had a golden opportunity to get level just after the half hour, Ian Sharps long ball saw Hobson beat the offside trap but Jake Cole was quick off his line to block his effort.

Woking continued to look for a second and went close as Kieran Murtagh fired just wide from the edge of the area before Chris Arthur's charging run saw him lift it over Jon Worsnop before Ian Sharps cleared it off the line to ensure the deficit was just one at half time.

Two minutes into the second half and Chester's battle got even more difficult, Dan Holman with a cut back to get himself some room before firing a low left footed effort, with very little backlift, low past Jon Worsnop in the Chester goal.

Five minutes later and things got even worse, Kadell Daniel, who had caused trouble all afternoon, curled a stunning free kick over Jon Worsnop and into the far corner, leaving Chester staring down the barrel with forty minutes remaining.

Chester did rally a little, a low free kick from John Rooney found Craig Mahon and his shot appeared to be pushed over the bar but a goal kick was given.

The Blues did manage to get one back, the 500th competitive goal since reformation, as Michael Kay headed home a John Rooney corner in the sixty fifth minute.

The joy was short lived for the Blues as in the seventy sixth minute Bruno Andrade picked out Joey Jones just inside the penalty area and he fired low past Jon Worsnop.

The Blues did manage to get a second, through John Rooney, who struck a sublime free kick, curling the ball into the top corner from 30 yards out.

Woking almost found time to add a fifth as Dan Holman capitalised on a misjudgment from Ian Sharps but the Cards striker could only hit the ball against the top of the crossbar.

That warning sign wasn't enough and in the ninty third minute Ben Pattie broke the offside trap before coolly lifting the ball over Jon Worsnop for the hosts fifth of the afternoon.

Chester: Worsnop; Higgins, Sharps (c), Heneghan, Hunt; George, Shaw (Tonge 52), Rooney; Hobson, Chapell (Kay 52), Hannah (Mahon 16)
Subs: Forth, Thomson

Woking: Cole; Caprice, Arthur, Saah, Yakubu; Ricketts (c) (Poku 78), Jones, Murtagh; Daniel (Pattie 78), Goddard (Andrade 56); Holman
Subs: Poku, Newton, Hamman, Pattie

Goal Scorers: Woking: Goddard (pen 24), Holman (47), Daniel (53) Jones (76), Pattie (90+3). Chester: Kay (65), Rooney (90)
Booked: Woking: Murtagh (89)
Sent Off: Chester: Heneghan (23)
Man of the match: Chester: John Rooney. Woking: Kadell Daniel
Attendance: 1,503

Match report by Chris Graham


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