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17:00 16th January 2016

Chester 4 Hungerford Town 0

Chester punched their ticket into the Third Round of the FA Trophy - with a comfortable win over Hungerford.

Second half strikes from Jordan Chapell, Ross Hannah, Johnny Hunt and Jason Gilchrist ensured the Blues road to Wembley continued.

Hungerford were fired up for the occasion in the opening ten minutes or so, James Clark seeing an effort deflected behind.

John Rooney, back into the starting eleven, then tested Paul Strudley from range – who gathered nervously at the second attempt.

Johnny Hunt then had a glorious chance to head the Blues in front from Danny Hattersley’s knock-down, but Strudley was equal to it.

Jordan Chapell curled a shot just wide of the post moments later – finding himself in space just inside the box.

Chapell was in the mix for a glorious chance just before the half hour mark, Hunt’s cross found the winger – but his shot deflected off Hattersley and rebounded over the bar.

Ryan Lloyd was brought on at the break and almost had an instant impact, laying the ball back for Rooney who curled just wide of the post.

At the other end though, the lowest ranked side left in the competition had a chance to take the lead – but Worsnop denied James Clark from close range.

Town’s goalkeeper Strudley then did well to read Chapell’s long range curler, and made a comfortable save.

Nevertheless, Chapell was not to be denied his goal – as the Blues took the lead on 64 minutes.

Mahon’s skilful run found space, and he slipped in the winger to cut back the ball onto his right foot and curl into the bottom corner.

Rooney then whipped a free kick just over the bar from 30 yards – the Blues chasing the killer second goal.

Chester then had their advantage helped even further, when Scott Rees was sent off for the visitors for a second bookable offence.

Rooney and Chapell then had chances to heighten the advantage, but Strudley was having a good game in the visiting net.

The Crusaders were battling valiantly, but were caught on the counter at the other end – the Blues wrapping the game up.

Sharps’ hopeful ball forward found Ross Hannah who had a clear run on goal, and made no mistake.

It got worse for the visitors, as Strudley made a rare error – dropping the ball – allowing Hunt to smash the ball home from close range.

The flurry was signed off in style, Ryan Higgins cutback in added time was swept home by the debutant loanee, Jason Gilchrist.

Chester: Worsnop, Higgins, Hunt, Heneghan, Sharps, Rooney, George (Gilchrist 90), Mahon, Chapell (Hughes 90), Hattersley (Lloyd 46), Hannah.
Subs Not Used: Forth, Hewitt.
Hungerford: Strudley, Tyler, John, Boardman, Day, Rusby, Clark (Goodger 82), Rees, Jarvis (Draycott 75), Herring, Preen (Brown 73).
Subs Not Used: Horgan, Jones.
Scorers: Chapell 64, Hannah 83, Hunt 85, Gilchrist 90+4.

Attendance: 1,276.

Referee: Joseph Johnson.


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