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07:33 16th February 2017

Chester 1 Barrow 2

Chester failed to beat Barrow at the Lookers Vaxuhall Stadium - with a 2-1 victory for Paul Cox's side in the National League.

Chester couldn’t build on Saturday’s away victory at Bromley – after they finally avenged three games without a win. Elliott Durrell’s 88th minute strike in London proved enough to round off a tidy victory for Jon McCarthy’s men – sending the Blues up to 13th in the National League.

Moments from kick off, Barrow took the lead through the first effort of the game. Richie Bennett looked offside after being fed through by Jordan Williams – but kept his cool in front of goal to net his 12th of the season.

Referee Peter Wright didn’t exactly make himself a popular character amongst the home crowd – with fouls and offsides being refuted by the Lancashire-based official throughout the first half.

Chester failed to break through Barrow’s rugged defence line – and struggled to get shots away in the first half. Durrell stung the gloves of Jon Flatt after a brilliant exchange of play with Evan Horwood, before Theo Vassell fired well over the bar from long range.

Just to add to the Blues’ officiating woes, a penalty appeal following a strong challenge on Kane Richards within the area was turned away – much to the amazement of the crowd within the Lookers Vauxhall.

Barrow were looking to add to their three games without defeat – and found themselves lucky with their second. Williams made a bursting run down the left – and under some pressure from Vassell fired towards Lynch’s near post. The Blues keeper caught the effort, before it crept underneath him and over the line.

Two minutes were left on the clock, and Tom Shaw gave the Blues a lifeline. Vassell fed the ball like a needle through the Barrow defence, before Shaw took the ball well to smash past Flatt.

Chester: Lynch, Vassell (Joyce 90), Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Durrell, Shaw, Lloyd, Horwood, Alabi, Richards
Subs not used: Roberts, Hughes, Waters.

Barrow: Flatt, Platt, Rowe, Livesey, Diarra, Hughes, Harvey, Turnbull, Bennett (Tuton 77), Williams, Meikle (Hannah 64).
Subs not used: Coughlin, Effiong, Wright.
Referee: Peter Wright


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