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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:00 19th March 2016

Wrexham 3 Chester 0


Chester slumped to Derby Day defeat in the 152nd Cross-Border Derby at the Racecourse.

Ryan Astles’ contentious red card in the second half allowed the floodgates to open – with Connor Jennings’ penalty, Kayden Jackson’s strike and Robbie Evans’ tap in seeing Wrexham pick up the win.

Johnny Hunt was the first player to have a meaningful go – against his former club – but his volleyed effort flashed wide.

Wrexham responded, as Robbie Evans’ 30 yard pliedriver was clawed away by Tony Thompson.

The resulting corner was cleared out to Evans, and his dinked cross found Manny Smith – but the big defender headed wide.

Connor Jennings’ shot then went wide of the far post – all of this inside the opening ten minutes; a frenetic start to the game.

An incredible passage of play then incredibly saw Wrexham somehow fail to take the lead.

First, Fyfield’s effort was scrambled off the line by Astles – before Jennings smashed the rebound against the underside of the crossbar.

Seconds later, Lee Fowler’s curling effort was spectacularly tipped over by Thompson.

At the other end, Danny O’Brien was denied well low down by Rhys Taylor.

Next it was Ryan Lloyd’s turn to try his luck after the half hour mark – but the ball rolled comfortably wide of the far post.

Ross Hannah then almost found the opener following a ball over the top, but Rhys Turner committed outside his box to make the block – as the game drew a stalemate at the break.

Alabi then went inches away from giving the Blues the lead just after the interval – looping a header inches wide from Higgins’ cross.

Then, on 50 minutes, Thompson made an incredible stop low down to deny Jennings – a one handed special from the Blues stopper kept it at 0-0.

Moments later Thompson had to make another save, getting down low to push away Evans’ effort.

The game then took the turn in the home side’s favour, as Jackson ran through on goal – and went down inside the area; the Referee giving a penalty.

Ryan Astles received his marching orders – and Connor Jennings dispatched the penalty.

Wrexham had the wind in their sails – and Thompson had to be alert minutes later to tip over from Jackson.

Ex-Blue Sean Newton then nodded just over from the resulting corner.

The man advantage counted for the home side – who put the game to bed on 77 minutes.

On the counter, Jennings found Jackson and he rifled the ball home across Thompson into the far corner.

It got worse seven minutes later – as Robbie Evans made it three.

He connected with Jackson’s cutback from the right flank to heap more Derby Day misery on the Blues.

WREXHAM: Taylor, Newton, Smith, Hudson, Fyfield, Fowler (York 81), Jennings, Carrington, Jackson (Gray 86), Evans, Heslop.
SUBS NOT USED: Vidal, Moke, Beck.
CHESTER: Thompson, Higgins, Heneghan, Astles, Hunt, O’Brien (Rooney 83), Hughes, Lloyd, Chapell (Mahon 15 (Shaw 69)), Alabi, Hannah.
SUBS NOT USED: Worsnop, Hobson.
SCORERS: Jennings (pen) 64, Jackson 77, Evans 84.
ATTENDANCE: 6,459 (930 away).
REFEREE: Adrian Holmes.

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