National League
Nuneaton3Chester2

Nuneaton Town 3-2 Chester

Nuneaton edged out Chester in a thrilling game to help boost their survival chances.

James Armson rifled in the opener for Nuneaton, before Lee Fowler's free-kick doubled the advantage.

Chester looked to fight back when substitute Craig Hobson headed in from six yards, but Nuneaton restored their two-goal lead when Marcel Barrington tapped in on his debut.

Burr meets his makers
Steve Burr started his non-league managerial career with Nuneaton in 2000, when he took over following the sacking of Brendan Phillips.

Hobson headed in a second, but Nuneaton held on for a much-needed three points.

Nuneaton, who had keeper Christian Dibble making his debut, are now five points adrift of safety, as Chester drop to 16th.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Burr on Nuneaton v Chester

"Overall, we deserved to get something out of it, but you've got to be right at it to get a result against any team in this division. It's a very strong league. Anyone can beat anybody.

"We didn't get the rub of the green, but we're improving. It's a good sign of how far we've come in a short time, that, in our squad, we're now turning up expecting to win.

"We've got to stop giving the opposition a two-goal lead. That's three games running now. We got away with it against Bristol Rovers and Dartford. But, defensively, we've got to tighten up.

"We changed things round at half time to try and get back in it. And we did create chances. But we missed Ben Heneghan (injured) and Kingsley James (suspended)."

Line-ups

Nuneaton

  • 1DibbleBooked at 88mins
  • 2Starosta
  • 3Franklin
  • 11Streete
  • 29Charles
  • 9Dawson
  • 7Armson
  • 26FowlerSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes
  • 18Brown
  • 14Gash
  • 28SodjeSubstituted forBarringtonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cowan
  • 12Stankevicius
  • 17Smith
  • 21Quinn
  • 24Barrington

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 4Kay
  • 5Brown
  • 6Charnock
  • 3RobertsSubstituted forTourayat 46'minutes
  • 10RooneyBooked at 84mins
  • 17HarrisonSubstituted forHobsonat 46'minutes
  • 7Mahon
  • 16McConville
  • 27Hughes
  • 9Oates

Substitutes

  • 13Roberts
  • 14Menagh
  • 19Hobson
  • 21Peers
  • 25Touray
Referee:
Paul Rees
Attendance:
973

Match Stats

Home TeamNuneatonAway TeamChester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away19
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Nuneaton Town 3, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nuneaton Town 3, Chester FC 2.

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

Marcel Barrington (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Marcel Barrington (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

Ben Starosta (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Substitution

Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Ryan Smith replaces Lee Fowler.

Foul by Anton Brown (Nuneaton Town).

Matty Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

Christian Dibble (Nuneaton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Nuneaton Town 3, Chester FC 2. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean McConville with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt blocked. Ibou Touray (Chester FC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lee Fowler (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

John Rooney (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

Anton Brown (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Armson (Nuneaton Town).

Sean McConville (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

Foul by Lee Fowler (Nuneaton Town).

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Nuneaton Town 3, Chester FC 1. Marcel Barrington (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Armson with a cross.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt saved. Rhys Oates (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Lee Fowler (Nuneaton Town).

Michael Kay (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Lee Fowler (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kieran Charnock (Chester FC).

Anton Brown (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matty Hughes with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matty Brown (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

goal

Top Stories