Jamie Reed's first-half header ended Chester's four-match winless run at Alfreton.

The Conference Premier strugglers hit on the counter attack with Reed latching onto a Lewis Turner cross to nod past goalkeeper Ross Atkins.

John McGrath's 20-yard effort, which blazed over the bar late on, was the closest the Reds came to a leveller.

Chester hung on to record their second successive clean sheet and second victory away from home this term.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law:

"I felt for the first 30 minutes they (Chester) came with a plan, they got plenty of people behind the ball, slowed the game down and we enabled them to do that.

"I think we looked the better of the two sides for 30 minutes. We looked the more likely to score, didn't score, and then for some reason, tried to change the plan.

"Then, we have conceded a poor goal. We switched off from a free-kick. We have got five or six bodies in the box, two or three of them are not picking up. It's a poor, poor goal to give away - and then we find ourselves on the back foot."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Atkins
  • 05 Wylde (Kempson - 83' )
  • 03 Franklin
  • 02 Wood Booked
  • 21 Rowe-Turner
  • 10 Bradley
  • 17 McGrath
  • 08 Shaw
  • 12 Meadows (Law - 70' )
  • 13 Wishart (Akinde - 55' Booked )
  • 18 Akinde

Substitutes

  • 22 Akinde
  • 07 Law
  • 06 Kempson
  • 19 Andrews

Chester

  • 01 Danby Booked
  • 20 Pugh (Heath - 85' )
  • 04 Horan
  • 12 Turner
  • 02 Kay
  • 05 Linwood Booked
  • 06 Harrison Booked
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 11 Lindfield (Turner - 93' )
  • 22 Titchiner
  • 07 Reed (Seddon - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Atkinson
  • 19 Seddon
  • 09 Mills
  • 03 Heath
  • 15 Turner
Ref: Adrian Holmes
Att: 743

Match Stats

Shots

7 3

On target

3 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

16 14

Live Text Commentary

+9:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Alfreton Town 0, Chester City 1.

90:00 +5:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Chester City 1.

90:00 +4:18

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester City).

90:00 +4:18

Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester City. Nathan Turner replaces Craig Lindfield.

89:49

Attempt missed. John McGrath (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

89:01

Corner, Alfreton Town.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester City. Gareth Seddon replaces Jamie Reed.

85:39

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).

85:39

Jamie Reed (Chester City) wins a free kick.

84:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester City. Joe Heath replaces Lee Pugh.

84:34

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:53 Booking

Booking John Danby (Chester City) is shown the yellow card.

82:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Darran Kempson replaces Michael Wylde.

78:29 Booking

Booking Sam Akinde (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:51

Foul by Sam Akinde (Alfreton Town).

77:51

Michael Kay (Chester City) wins a free kick.

75:24

Foul by Kevin McIntyre (Chester City).

75:24

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

72:21

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester City).

72:21

Josh Law (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

71:46

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester City).

71:46

Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

71:31

Corner, Chester City.

71:13

Attempt missed. Alex Titchiner (Chester City) right footed shot from outside the box.

70:15

Offside, Alfreton Town. Sam Akinde tries a through ball, but Sam Akinde is caught offside.

69:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Josh Law replaces Danny Meadows.

69:08

Foul by Jamie Reed (Chester City).

69:08

Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

68:21

Foul by Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town).

68:21

Lee Pugh (Chester City) wins a free kick.

68:03

Corner, Chester City.

67:40

Corner, Chester City.

67:17

Corner, Chester City.

66:11

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

66:11

George Horan (Chester City) wins a free kick.

65:53 Booking

Booking Paul Linwood (Chester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:31

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester City).

65:31

Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

64:35

Corner, Chester City.

62:37

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester City).

62:37

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

62:20 Booking

Booking Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:04

Attempt missed. Alex Titchiner (Chester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Kay with a cross.

60:14

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

60:14

Lee Pugh (Chester City) wins a free kick.

58:05

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

58:05

Lewis Turner (Chester City) wins a free kick.

55:10

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

55:10

Michael Kay (Chester City) wins a free kick.

54:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Sam Akinde replaces Daniel Wishart.

45:00

Second Half begins Alfreton Town 0, Chester City 1.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Chester City 1.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

45:00 +0:26

George Horan (Chester City) wins a free kick.

44:21

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

44:05

Attempt saved. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

43:07

Foul by Jamie Reed (Chester City).

43:07

Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

42:49

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

41:55

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester City).

41:55

Daniel Wishart (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

39:34

Corner, Chester City.

39:12

Corner, Chester City.

32:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Chester City 1. Jamie Reed (Chester City).

32:18

Foul by Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town).

32:18

George Horan (Chester City) wins a free kick.

30:40

Foul by Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town).

30:40

Paul Linwood (Chester City) wins a free kick.

30:11

Corner, Alfreton Town.

29:25 Booking

Booking Danny Harrison (Chester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:17

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester City).

29:17

John McGrath (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

27:35

Foul by Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town).

27:35

Craig Lindfield (Chester City) wins a free kick.

27:12

Corner, Chester City.

26:25

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

26:25

Danny Harrison (Chester City) wins a free kick.

23:38

Offside, Alfreton Town. John Akinde tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.

18:15

Attempt missed. John McGrath (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

17:18

Foul by George Horan (Chester City).

17:18

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

15:31

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13:54

Foul by Kevin McIntyre (Chester City).

13:54

Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

12:13

Foul by Lee Pugh (Chester City).

12:13

Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

10:01

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

10:01

Danny Harrison (Chester City) wins a free kick.

6:34

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

6:34

Craig Lindfield (Chester City) wins a free kick.

3:57

Foul by Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town).

3:57

Kevin McIntyre (Chester City) wins a free kick.

3:42

Corner, Alfreton Town.

2:48

Foul by John McGrath (Alfreton Town).

2:48

Jamie Reed (Chester City) wins a free kick.

1:17

Foul by Alex Titchiner (Chester City).

1:17

Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

0:53

Corner, Alfreton Town.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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