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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 26th December 2016

Solihull Moors 3 Chester 2

Chester ended their seven match unbeaten run with a 3-1 defeat at Solihull Moors on Boxing Day. 

Despite Elliott Durrell giving the Blues the lead, a double from Omari Sterling-James and an effort from Harry White gave the Moors all three points.

Within the opening few seconds, Alex Lynch was given his first test – palming away an effort from Harry White. The ex-Barnsley youth team player found space on the edge of the area, shaped up to shoot – and dragged his shot for a routine save.

Chester found themselves down to ten men as Johnny Hunt saw red for a challenge on Fagbola – with the referee Chris O’Donnell adjudging the foul to be dangerous play, despite seeming to win the ball.

But Solihull couldn’t make the extra man count – and with the Blues first shot on target, they took the lead through Elliott Durrell. The 27 year-old winger was given time just outside the penalty area to wrong foot Solihull keeper Danny Lewis – and score his sixth goal of the season.

The Moors found their equaliser directly on half time through winger Omari Sterling-James. Blues midfielder Tom Shaw was penalised for a dubious handball decision – and the free kick from 25 yards out was brilliantly placed into the top corner.

Ten minutes into the second half and the home side saw themselves take the lead through Harry White. A high ball into the box was well taken down by the Moors striker, and he turned well to strike the ball into the roof of the net.

Solihull soon made it three as Omari Sterling-James broke through on goal. Sterling-James claimed his second goal of the game as he broke through the offside trap to round Lynch and strike home from an awkward angle.

Kane Richards did well in the dying embers of the game to loft the ball over Lewis between the Solihull sticks - with Luke George smashing the ball home, but the ball was already over the line from Richards' effort.

Solihull Moors: Lewis, Murombedzi (Flanagan 85), Franklin, Daly, Kettle, Byrne, Fagbola, White (Asante 88), Sterling-James, Carline, Nortey.

Subs not used: Jones, Acton, Obeng

Chester FC: Lynch, George, Hughes, Astles, Hunt, Durrell (Joyce 60), Lloyd, Shaw, Horwood (Waters 67), Chapell, Alabi (Richards 60).

Subs not used: Roberts, Hudson.

Referee: Chris O’Donnell (London)

Attendance: 1475

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