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Chester 3-1 Kidderminster Harriers

Ross Hannah scored twice as Chester came from behind to beat struggling Kidderminster Harriers.

The visitors took a first-half lead when Kelvin Langmead poked in, before Chester scored a controversial leveller when Hannah steered home despite Kyle Howkins being down injured.

John Rooney put City ahead 28 seconds after the break from Hannah's cross.

Hannah then completed the comeback for Steve Burr's side against his old club after Rooney's shot was parried.

Harriers remain 23rd in the National League, having won just once in 20 matches this season, eight points from safety.

Burr's Chester rise to 14th, five points adrift of the play-offs, after their third win in four league matches.

The hosts had teenage Everton academy striker Calum Dyson making his debut off the bench following his arrival on a one-month loan.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We went behind against the run of play but we should already have been in front as we created a number of chances. Their keeper has made some good saves.

"We played some really good stuff and that's what I want to see. I know how happy the fans will be with that. We're always at our best when we're playing at a tempo. It reflected how I want my team to play.

"We've got everybody back fit now. We have a decent squad and hopefully now we can use this as a platform to kick on and go up the table."

Harriers head coach Dave Hockaday told BBC H&W:

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Hockaday grumbles about ref's decision

"Over the 90 minutes they played better than us. But goals change games and it's all down to moments. We feel a bit hard done, but that is out of our hands. The referee had to stop the game (for Chester's equaliser) as it was a head injury but he didn't, and instead of it being 1-0 at half time it was 1-1.

"There's nothing we can do about that but it's a hard one to take. We can have a grumble but the performance level just has to be better. It wasn't as good as it was against Woking.

"We had three great chances in the second half and didn't take them, and their second goal was just a catalogue of wrong decisions. We shot ourselves in the foot with a sloppy bit of play."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2Higgins
  • 6Sharps
  • 5George
  • 3Hunt
  • 22Heneghan
  • 8Shaw
  • 10RooneySubstituted forHobsonat 87'minutes
  • 7MahonSubstituted forChapellat 71'minutes
  • 9Hannah
  • 17RobertsSubstituted forDysonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kay
  • 11Chapell
  • 13Forth
  • 19Hobson
  • 23Dyson

Kidderminster

  • 13Snedker
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 40Howkins
  • 25FazlicBooked at 50mins
  • 24YoungSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 71'minutes
  • 5Langmead
  • 18JonesSubstituted forObosuat 86'minutes
  • 34Whitfield
  • 27Francis-Angol
  • 9Barnes-Homer
  • 33MurphySubstituted forSinghat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 7Singh
  • 26Brown
  • 36McQuilkin
  • 37Obosu
Referee:
Joseph Johnson
Attendance:
1,956

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamKidderminster
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 3, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 3, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt missed. Gurjit Singh (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Whitfield.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Attempt missed. Tom Shaw (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by George Obosu (Kidderminster Harriers).

Ross Hannah (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces John Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. George Obosu replaces Jordan Jones.

Corner, Chester FC.

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

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 3, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Rooney.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Kyle Howkins (Kidderminster Harriers).

Callum Dyson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jordan Chapell (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Callum Dyson replaces James Roberts.

Offside, Chester FC. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. James McQuilkin replaces Matt Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jordan Chapell replaces Craig Mahon.

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Gurjit Singh (Kidderminster Harriers) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Ben Whitfield.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers).

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Gurjit Singh replaces Jordan Murphy.

Offside, Chester FC. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Chester FC).

Dino Fazlic (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. James Roberts (Chester FC) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Craig Mahon.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Dino Fazlic (Kidderminster Harriers).

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Luke George (Chester FC).

Jordan Jones (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

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