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17:00 23rd January 2016

Chester 0 Southport 0

Chester and Southport played out a drab goalless draw in a hotly contested match at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

It was a scrappy opening five minutes or so, but Chester should have taken the lead when Hannah teed up Rooney, who volleyed against the side netting.

Louis Almond then went close twice, firing over from a quick free kick before shooting wide from a superb solo run.

The Blues, going into the game off the back off two wins in a week in the FA Trophy and Senior Cup, almost took the lead following this when Craig Mahon sent in a cross which was just inches from connecting
with Jordan Chapell.

It was a forgetful first half – but Josh Thompson should have headed the visitors in front – heading over unmarked from a corner.                              

In the second half, both sides had big chances early.

Firstly, Johnny Hunt’s low cross begged a touch from Jordan Chapell – which it didn’t get.

Then, Luke Foster hit a shot straight at Worsnop from close range following a corner.

The game has opened up by the hour mark – Mike Phenix heading straight at the Blues stopper from a Paul Rutherford cross.

Chester then should have taken the lead on 65 minutes in front of the Harry Mac.

Ryan Higgins superb run resulted in a low left footed shot, which Crocombe spilled – but Hannah could only fizz the rebound over the bar from a matter of yards.

Phenix then hit a cross which took a wicked deflection, and flew just over the crossbar.

Hunt then crossed from the left for the Blues – and Hannah volleyed the ball first time, but the keeper was equal to it.

Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan, Astles, Hunt, George, Rooney, Mahon, Chapell, Lloyd, Hannah.
Subs Not Used: Thompson, Hughes, Sharps, Gilchrist, Shaw.
Southport: Crocombe, Challoner, Thompson, Foster, Allen, Wright (Nolan 70), G Jones, Blakeman, Rutherford, Almond (Ryan 89), Phenix.
Subs Not Used: Viscosi, A Jones, McCarthy.
Attendance: 2,228.
Referee: Adrian Holmes.


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