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17:00 17th October 2015

Chester FC 2 FC Halifax 1

Chester recorded a league double over lowly Halifax – thanks to two goals either side of half time.

James Roberts opened the scoring on 44 minutes, before Johnny Hunt doubled the advantage just ten minutes after the break – Jordan Burrow’s header making the Blues sweat for the win.

Following a heavy defeat to Grimsby in midweek, the visitors were looking to bounce back; Kieran Sadlier had the first effort of the game from 30 yards but it was comfortable for Jon Worsnop.

Scott McManus was the next to try his luck from range, but the ball sailed harmlessly over the bar.

Ross Hannah was threatening in behind at the other end of the park, his clipped cross was cleared off the line before a shot from the forward was turned just an inch behind Ben Heneghan; who couldn’t make contact with the goal at his mercy.

Heneghan went close again moments later – heading wide a flick from James Roberts; who returned to the side following compassionate leave.

John Rooney – specialising in long range goals – went close to adding another to his collection on 14 minutes; a thirty yard free kick flying just over Matt Glennon’s crossbar.

Chester were beginning to dominate the game – Tom Shaw’s weak but well directed effort causing the keeper into a low save.

Both sides seemed to struggle to create a real opening in the opening half an hour – Roberts looked to make something happen with a good solo run, but could only blast wide.

The Oxford loanee was at it again minutes later – driving forward before placing a shot over the bar.

Rooney had another free kick opportunity in a similar position, but this time it was the wrong side of the post.

Nevertheless, it was the live spark of James Roberts who got his first senior goal on 44 minutes.

The 19-year-old picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, spun past McManus and fired home; an emotional celebration would follow.

Ten minutes into the second half, the lead was doubled through Johnny Hunt; he latched onto a meticulous Ross Hannah knock back and sidefooted the ball beyond Matty Glennon.

Nevertheless, the visiting Shaymen were still a threat, Burrow nodding the ball towards goal on the hour mark – forcing Worsnop to claw the ball over the bar.

The same player was at it again minutes later, hitting a controlled volley just wide of the far post.

Burrow did half the deficit with his third chance of the half – the defence went to sleep and allowed Tuton to set the forward up to slot home.

Former Blue Kevin Roberts then forced Chester stopper Worsnop into action, clinging onto his curling effort.

Sub Kane Richards then headed home – but had his effort chalked off for offside from Rooney’s free-kick.

The Blues were looking for any sort of respite, Rooney firing wide from the edge of the box after good work by Hannah.

Nevertheless, Steve Burr’s side hung on for the three points.

Chester: Worsnop, Heneghan, Kay, Sharps, Higgins, Hunt, Shaw, Rooney (Hughes 90+5), Mahon, Roberts (Richards 53), Hannah (Hobson 90+2).
Subs Not Used: Forth, Chapell.
Booked: None.
Halifax: Glennon, N Brown, M Brown, Banton (Roberts 46), Bolton, McManus, James, Wroe, Sadlier (Bencherif 83), Burrow, Hamilton (Tuton 46).
Subs Not Used: Porter, MacDonald.
Booked: James, Tuton, Roberts.
Scorers: Roberts 44, Hunt 55; Burrow 73.
Attendance: 2,088.
Referee: Ollie Yates.


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