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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:50 2nd April 2016

Chester FC 2 Boreham Wood 2

A ninetieth minute equaliser from Harry White ensured that Boreham Wood travelled back to North London with the share of the spoils - as the Blues drew 2-2 with the away side at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium. A brace from Rooney was cancelled out twice from Boreham Wood - as the Blues led twice in the game. 

The Blues had an effort early doors as the fell to Higgins on the edge of the area, but his shot from 20 yards out was fired yards wide of the right post – with the ball zipping off the fairly wet surface. 
Moments later and the Blues were almost gifted another opportunity to put themselves in front. Tom Shaw picked up the lay off from Hannah to aim his strike for Russell's right hand post - but it was guided narrowly wide.

But Blues fans in the congregation had something to cheer about soon after – as Rooney scored his first goal since January to give the home side an early advantage. Hughes spread the ball across the park towards Higgins –and the Blues right back raced into the box before releasing an inch perfect cross for Rooney to fire home by the penalty spot.

Boreham Wood found themselves level – as centre back Scott Doe bundled home the equaliser. The away side were awarded a free kick deep inside the Chester half, and after a scrappy clearance attempt from the Blues defence – ex-Dagenham defender Doe nodded the ball past Worsnop unmarked inside the box.

A lack of chances in the early stages of the second half led to some frustration from many Boreham Wood players – as Morais went down for a while under a fifty fifty challenge with Luke George, and there was only one winner. Apart from that, there was a lack of intensity in midfield from both sides – with balls being pumped forward being the only form of attack for the first fifteen minutes.

Many Blues fans were therefore questioning whether a set piece would decide the game – and it looked like to could have done as Rooney converted a textbook free kick. Shaw found himself tussled to the floor by Reynolds – and only one player could have fancied their chances. Rooney stepped up from thirty yards and blasted his effort around the wall, leaving Russell without any chance.

But on the ninetieth minute, the away side got themselves back into the game – as White scored past Worsnop. The substitute picked up the loose ball on the edge of the area and fired a stunning out swinging effort past Worsnop’s near post.  

Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan (George 51), Astles, Hunt, Hughes, Rooney, Shaw, Lloyd (Mahon 79), Hannah, Alabi (Richards 69). Subs not used: Thompson, O'Brien.

Boreham Wood: Russell, Nunn, Woodards, Doe, Reynolds, Shakes, Lucas, Clifford, Morias (White 62), Haynes (Sam-Yorke 71), Kamdjo. Subs not used: Cox, Stephens, Devera.

Attendance: 1,444

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