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Tamworth 3-4 Chester

John Rooney

Matty Taylor hit a hat-trick as Chester held on to win a classic seven-goal Conference Premier relegation battle.

Taylor struck his first two either side of John Rooney's stunning 25-yarder as City scored three times in 10 first half minutes.

Matt Godden pulled one back for the Lambs just before the break.

Taylor's third should have settled it, but Tamworth fought back, Godden netting a second before Richard Peniket's late goal.

Tamworth should have led when the unmarked Godden blazed over Nick Chadwick's low cross from 10 yards.

Chester made them pay when Rooney set up Taylor's 23rd-minute opener.

Rooney then curled home a fine left-foot strike before Gareth Seddon flicked on for Taylor to make it 3-0.

Godden atoned for his earlier miss when he touched home from six yards.

But Taylor restored Chester's three-goal lead when he drilled home following an exquisite lofted pass from the artful Rooney.

Tamworth substitute Jesse Reindorf's late introduction fired up the home side, who netted through Godden and a drilled low shot from Peniket, but Chester held on to climb two points clear of trouble.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Sport:

"It's a massive three points. Some of the stuff we played tonight was excellent.

"We knew they'd bombard us. They're in the same position as us and I thought it would be tough and the big lad (Reindorf) caused us some problems when he came on.

"But really I thought we might have scored more goals. Matty Taylor took his goals well, while John Rooney's was superb and he was close with a couple of other efforts."

Line-ups

Tamworth

  • 1Belford
  • 2Evans
  • 4TownsendSubstituted forToddat 38'minutes
  • 6Richards-Everton
  • 34Keane
  • 24FentonBooked at 72mins
  • 32MahonBooked at 47mins
  • 29HildrethBooked at 51minsSubstituted forReindorfat 71'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 17Peniket
  • 14Godden
  • 28ChadwickSubstituted forHaworthat 15'minutes

Substitutes

  • 25Haworth
  • 27Baker-Richardson
  • 20Todd
  • 5Reindorf
  • 7Kerry

Chester

  • 31Chapman
  • 17Brown
  • 12Turner
  • 27Killock
  • 5Linwood
  • 24Rooney
  • 21MahonSubstituted forMenaghat 70'minutes
  • 16Bond
  • 8Jarrett
  • 19Seddon
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Danby
  • 9Mainwaring
  • 34Menagh
  • 20Daniels
  • 11Lindfield
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
1,036

Match Stats

Home TeamTamworthAway TeamChester
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4.

Foul by Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth).

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Tamworth.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Chester FC).

Jordan Keane (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth).

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessy Reindorf.

Attempt saved. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Tamworth 2, Chester FC 4. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Gavin Mahon with a headed pass.

Corner, Tamworth.

Attempt saved. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Kieran Fenton (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kieran Fenton (Tamworth).

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Tamworth. Jessy Reindorf replaces Lee Hildreth.

Attempt missed. Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Mahon.

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Andy Haworth (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Tamworth 1, Chester FC 4. Matty Taylor (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Rooney.

Hand ball by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Chester FC) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by John Rooney.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Andy Haworth (Tamworth).

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