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21:45 8th March 2016

Chester 8 Aldershot 2

Chester put eight goals past Aldershot in the National League on Tuesday evening, with an 8-2 win over the Shots at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

The Blues took the lead early on after a prompt start to the game. Chapell made the most of a defensive mix up to set free Hannah, who fired in a cross which was deflected for a corner. Chapell took the corner and Hughes made a stunning run into the area, placing the ball coolly past Smith to give the Blues an early advantage, and score his first league goal for the club.

And it wasn’t long until the Blues seemed to take full control of proceedings as Alabi doubled the home side’s advantage. O’Brien weaved his way into the Shot’s defence before exploiting a gap to find Alabi, who stretched to tuck the ball past Smith.

But Lafayette had other ideas for the travelling Shots. Following a stunning defensive block by Heneghan, the on-loan Eastleigh striker set himself up from twenty-five yards out and curled a wonderful effort past Thompson, who was fully stretched and unable to stop the effort.

The home side stamped their authority on the game, and with the Blues’ third attempt on target, they scored their third goal. Alabi latched on to Heneghan's long ball forward, before showing great composure to drive forward and slot the ball home.

It looked as if the Blues were running riot as the Blues made it four. Following a deflected shot from Hannah, up stepped Chapell with the corner, and as Hughes made a run into the six yard box, he smashed home a stunning bullet header to score his second of the game.

It was only a matter of time before the Blues made it five and Alabi claimed his first hat trick in a Blues shirt. The ex-Ipswich striker collected the ball from Hannah to cheekily roll the ball into the corner of the net.

And no Chester fan would have even believed that the Blues would hit Aldershot for six, but that’s just what they did. Alabi bagged his fourth goal of the game, as he collected a brilliant ball forward by Chapell, catching Smith off his line and chipping the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area. 

Chester’s top scorer of course had to get in on the act – with Hannah adding to the tally. After finding his way past Alexander, the Blues striker got hold of a deflected effort and struck the ball superbly from twenty yards out on the half volley it put the Blues in seventh heaven.

A late consolation for the visitors only shortened the goal difference for the Blues, as Walker tapped home their second. After a great attack from the Blues, Walker made a powerful run from his own half and did enough to place the ball past Thompson from just inside the box.

Hannah made the travelling fans feel even more crestfallen, making it a super eight for the home side. Smith spilt a shot from O’Brien on the edge of his six yard box, before Hannah pounced on the ball and stabbed the ball home.

Chester: Thompson, Higgins, Heneghan, Astles, Hunt, O'Brien (Mahon 78), Hughes (Shaw 73), Lloyd, Chapell, Alabi (Bell 69), Hannah. Subs: Worsnop, Rooney

Aldershot: Smith, Oastler, McGinty, Stevenson, Alexander, Beckles, Browne, Gallagher, Rasulo, Walker, Lafayette (Pavey 70). Subs: Saville, Hatton, Ralph, Thomas.

Attendance: 1425

Chester: Hughes (5 & 38), Alabi (13, 35, 42, 45) and Hannah (54 & 74)
Aldershot: Lafayette (23) and Walker (67)


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