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17:04 19th December 2015

Chester FC 4 - 1 Torquay United

An emphatic performance from Chester saw them run out comfortable winners against Torquay United. A Ross Hannah hat-trick and a stunning strike from Ryan Higgins gave Chester their goals, with a bizarre strike from Andre Wright getting the visitors their consolation but that only began to tell a hectic story of the afternoon that almost had everything.

Steve Burr named an unchanged side following the victory over AFC Telford in the FA Trophy a week ago, hoping that Ross Hannah maintain his impressive goalscoring of late that had seen him score eight goals in his past eight games.

Chester got off to a lightning start and it was top scorer Hannah who fired them ahead after just fifteen seconds! After some smart work down the right side Hannah got the ball just inside the penalty area and fired low to Dan Lavercombe's right with the ball nestling in the corner.

One so nearly became two as well for Chester as Hannah beat the offside trap and lifted the ball past Lavercombe only for the post to deny him, and Chester a second.

Torquay's first effort of the game came after quarter of an hour and came as Andre Wright got into space down the right side before a low cross to Alex Fisher but the Gulls striker couldn't keep his effort down.

Chester continued to look dangerous though and Danny Hattersley was causing the visiting defence plenty of problems with his flick-ons, and it was a Hattersley flick-on that got Johnny Hunt in space but his effort didn't trouble Dan Lavercombe.

Despite Chester looking the more dangerous for the opening half hour the visitors nearly managed to pull level as a low cross bounced through the area to Aman Verma, his effort was deflected and Jon Worsnop did very well to get down and make the save.

Ryan Higgins, one of Chester's most impressive players in the half, added Chester's second seven minutes before the break as he cut in from the right side and fired low to the right of Dan Lavercombe's goal.

Two minutes later and Chester had a three goal lead, that they would take into the break, courtesy of Ross Hannah's superb 25 yard curling free kick that Lavercombe couldn't get close to. That goal took Hannah's total to 10 goals in his last 9 games.

Early in the second half Hannah thought he had got his first hat-trick for the club as he ghosted in between defender and goalkeeper before turning the ball home only to see the linesman's flag raised.

The visitors did keep pushing forward and Alex Fisher should have done better with a header after some strong work down the Torquay left wing.

The Torquay's fans, who'd made the long journey up north were rewarded for their efforts with a fine goal as Andre Wright's cross-come-shot caught Jon Worsnop off his line and nestled into the top corner.

The accolades of the afternoon had to go to Ross Hannah though as he got his third, and Chester's fourth, with just under half an hour to play. Johnny Hunt picked out Hannah in plenty of space on the edge of the area and he ran onto the ball and took it in his stride to complete his hat-trick.

Hannah twice almost turned provider as he set up Danny Hattersley, his first effort was saved by Lavercombe before the second was just a fraction behind and he couldn't get his effort on target.

Chester had a chance for a fifth goal three minutes from time as Craig Hobson pulled the ball back to Craig Mahon and the Irish winger was brought down inside the area. With Hannah off, up stepped John Rooney but Dan Lavercombe dived to his right to deny him, Rooney managed to make the rebound but was denied by the post!

With two minutes remaining Chester hit the woodwork for a third time in the afternoon as Danny Hattersley was made to wait for his first goal for the club. A fine cross in from the right saw Hattersley head it back across goal and off the base of the post.

Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Hunt, George, Sharps (c), Shaw (Rooney 75), Hannah (Hobson 78), Heneghan, Whitmore, Hattersley, Lloyd (Mahon 75)
Subs: Forth, Hobson, Chapell

Torquay: Lavercombe, Heslop, MacDonald (c), Smith, Nicholson (Chaney 77), Murombedzi (Carmichael 45), Verma, Butler, Briscoe, Fisher (Gerring 66), Wright
Subs: Hancox, Corderoy

Goal Scorers: Chester: Hannah (1, 40, 72), Higgins (38)
Booked: Torquay: Nicholson (84)
Attendance: 2,160
Man of the Match: Chester: Hannah. Torquay: Butler.

Match Report by Chris Graham


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