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17:00 17th September 2016

Chester 1 Braintree 0

Chester made it back-to-back National League victories with a nervy win over Braintree Town.

It was Sam Hughes’ 16th minute strike that proved the difference; as Jon McCarthy’s side kept a third consecutive clean sheet.

The Irons had the first effort; striking the post as Simeon Akinola cut inside onto his left foot and shot from the edge of the area.

Another chance then was tipped over by Liam Roberts to deny Brandon Goodship; as the visitors pressed for the opener.

Ryan Lloyd was denied at the other end by Sam Beasant; before the Blues took the lead on 16 minutes.

Following a succession of corners, Durrell’s fifth in a row caused havoc and Sam Hughes tapped home as the ball found its way to the youngster.

The opening half seemed to settle down following the opener – with Braintree struggling to threaten the Chester net.

Teenager Hughes almost doubled his and the Blues tally just after the break – hitting the post from Durrell’s corner with a header.

The game lacked cutting edge up top – with Richards firing just wide after being fed by Theo Vassell.

Sub James Alabi was then denied by Beasant one-on-one, before Durrell’s shot was deflected wide.

But the visitors were going in search of an equaliser and almost levelled when Isaac whipped a shot just wide of the far post from a cutback.

Moments later Goodship fired over after controlling a long ball over the top; but the Blues hung on.

CHESTER: Roberts, Vassell, Hughes, Astles, Hunt, Mahon, Shaw, Lloyd, Durrell (Horwood 74), Richards (Joyce 82), Akintunde (Alabi 65).
SUBS NOT USED: Hudson, Waters.
BOOKED: Richards, Mahon, Joyce.
BRAINTREE: Beasant, Okimo, Ashton, Isaac, Akinola, Braham-Barrett, Matthews (Barnard 14), Goodship, Corne, Cheek (Maybanks 78), Cowgill.
SUBS NOT USED: Williams, Lee, Strizovic.
BOOKED: Okimo, Izaac.
SCORERS: Hughes 16.
REFEREE: Ryan Johnson.


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