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Chester 0-1 Alfreton Town

Bumpers Lane, Chester

Shaun Harrad's second-half penalty secured victory for Alfreton at the expense of Chester, who remain in Conference Premier relegation trouble.

The home side went close early on when visiting goalkeeper Jon Worsnop went full length to deny Ross Killock.

But, just a minute after slicing wide of an open goal, John Akinde redeemed himself by earning Alfreton's penalty.

The striker was brought down on 66 minutes by home keeper Aaron Chapman, who was sent the wrong way by Harrad.

Alfreton's victory lifted then briefly to second. But, within an hour of the end of the game, they dropped back down to third when the Conference revealed that they had been deducted three points for fielding an unregistered player in the 3-1 win at Kidderminster Harriers in December.

After a second successive defeat, Steve Burr's Chester slip to 20th, just two points clear of safety, ahead of Tuesday's important home meeting with Merseyside rivals Southport - themselves in trouble near the bottom.

Line-ups

Chester

  • 31ChapmanBooked at 65mins
  • 5Linwood
  • 12Turner
  • 17Brown
  • 3Heath
  • 27KillockSubstituted forHobsonat 19'minutes
  • 15TurnerSubstituted forMenaghat 72'minutes
  • 24Rooney
  • 16Bond
  • 21MahonBooked at 62mins
  • 19SeddonSubstituted forDanielsat 76'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 7Hobson
  • 34Menagh
  • 20Daniels
  • 25Bridge
  • 1Danby

Alfreton

  • 15Worsnop
  • 7Law
  • 16Fenton
  • 2Wood
  • 10BradleyBooked at 61mins
  • 5WyldeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKempsonat 45+5'minutes
  • 8Shaw
  • 25JonesSubstituted forMeadowsat 57'minutes
  • 23Poku
  • 18AkindeBooked at 53minsSubstituted forClaytonat 75'minutes
  • 24HarradBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 12Meadows
  • 9Clayton
  • 6Kempson
  • 20McFadzean
  • 19Andrews
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
2,042

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home3
Away8
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1.

Hand ball by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Alfreton Town.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton tries a through ball, but Paul Clayton is caught offside.

Booking

Brendon Daniels (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brendon Daniels (Chester FC).

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Brendon Daniels (Chester FC).

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Brendon Daniels replaces Gareth Seddon.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton replaces John Akinde.

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Nathan Turner.

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad tries a through ball, but Shaun Harrad is caught offside.

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester FC).

Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Alfreton Town. John Akinde draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) left footed shot misses to the left.

Booking

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Danny Meadows replaces Andrai Jones.

Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Chester FC.

Booking

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

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