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17:00 9th January 2016

Aldershot 3 Chester 1

Two quickfire second half Aldershot goals sealed Chester's fate on a miserable afternoon down South.

Sean McGinty and Alfie Pavey's strikes inside the space of two minutes set the tone in the second half and, despite John Rooney's wonder goal, Jim Stevenson would secure the points for the home side.

The game started in pretty frenetic fashion, with McGinty's header being hooked off the line by Ryan Higgins following a corner.

In-form forward Ross Hannah then had a chance of his own at the other end, but his lobbed effort cleared the crossbar.

McGinty was causing problems inside the box; and, from another corner, he headed an effort against the frame of the goal.

All this inside the opening quarter of an hour, but then the first half would then simmer down.

Hannah was denied by Smith, and then Ian Sharps put in a brilliant close range block at the other end - all in a matter of minutes.

Then, controversy struck right before the break.

Craig Mahon found himself one on one with Smith, rounded him up, and appeared to be fouled - but the Referee gave the hosts a goal kick and waved away appeals.

At the break, The Shots did switch keepers, and then took a two goal lead - the Blues capitulating in a matter of minutes.

The ever dangerous McGinty put home a rebound on 50 minutes following a sensational first save by Jon Worsnop - before Alfie Pavey tapped in moments later to make it 2-0.

As weather conditions deteriorated, so did Chester's chances of getting a point - Danny Hattersley firing wide from Mahon's cross.

However, hope was then restored with twelve minutes remaining - as John Rooney bagged a goal.

A typical, sensational strike from the midfielder - blasting the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

Following the goal though, the Shots had chance to stretch the lead back out through Pavey and then Charlie Walker - before the home side did wrap it up late on.

Jim Stevenson curled the ball beyond Worsnop on the counter attack.

Aldershot: Smith (Thomas 46), Oastler, McGinty, Lathrope, Walker, Alexander, Beckles, Browne, Gallagher, Walker, Pavey (Carr 89).
Subs Not Used: Oliver, Stevenson, Brodie.
Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan, Sharps (Gilchrist 69), Hunt, Mahon, George, Hewitt (Shaw 55), Lloyd (Rooney 55), Hannah, Hattersley.
Subs Not Used: Chapell, Astles..
Scorers: McGinty 50, Pavey 52, Stevenson 89; Rooney 78.
Attendance: 1,617 (158 Chester).
Referee: Brett Huxtable.


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