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Chester 1-1 Altrincham

Michael Rankine
Michael Rankine's goal cancelled out Ross Hannah's opener

Altrincham earned a valuable National League point after recovering from a goal down against Chester.

Michael Rankine struck Jon Worsnop's post before Chester's Danny Hattersley had a header cleared off the line.

Ross Hannah broke the deadlock with a low finish after good work from Tom Shaw, before Ryan Higgins nearly doubled Chester's advantage.

Rankine then found the net on the hour to equalise for Altrincham with a looping header.

Altrincham, who knocked Chester out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage in October, are now two points clear of trouble, in 19th, seven points behind 15th-placed Chester.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Burr on Chester v Altrincham

"It's definitely a case of two points dropped. The game should have been killed off at half-time and the message at half-time was that one lapse in concentration could cost us and it did.

"There were lots of chances. Our delivery into the box was excellent and we should have added to the one goal that we got.

"If you don't put the ball in the back of the net you always risk drawing or losing a game, especially from a 1-0 position."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2Higgins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 5GeorgeSubstituted forHewittat 71'minutes
  • 3Hunt
  • 6Sharps
  • 7Mahon
  • 8Shaw
  • 26Lloyd
  • 9Hannah
  • 25HattersleySubstituted forHobsonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Rooney
  • 11Chapell
  • 13Forth
  • 16Hewitt
  • 19Hobson

Altrincham

  • 17Deasy
  • 20Sinnott
  • 5HavernBooked at 43mins
  • 8Richman
  • 3Griffin
  • 6Leather
  • 4Moult
  • 14O'KeefeSubstituted forCleeat 46'minutesSubstituted forHeathcoteat 73'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9Rankine
  • 7Lawrie
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBowermanat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Clee
  • 12Heathcote
  • 18Bowerman
  • 21Swift
  • 23Williams
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
2,155

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamAltrincham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 1, Altrincham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 1, Altrincham 1.

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

Jake Moult (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Altrincham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

Gianluca Havern (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Altrincham) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Offside, Altrincham. George Bowerman tries a through ball, but George Bowerman is caught offside.

Foul by Steven Hewitt (Chester FC).

Jordan Sinnott (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Altrincham).

Tom Shaw (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

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

Booking

Sam Heathcote (Altrincham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Heathcote (Altrincham).

Ryan Lloyd (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Altrincham) header from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Steven Hewitt (Chester FC).

Jake Moult (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Altrincham).

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Heathcote (Altrincham).

Steven Hewitt (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Simon Richman (Altrincham).

Ian Sharps (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Altrincham. George Bowerman tries a through ball, but George Bowerman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. Sam Heathcote replaces Nicky Clee because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Danny Hattersley.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Steven Hewitt replaces Luke George.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. George Bowerman replaces Damian Reeves because of an injury.

Corner, Altrincham.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

Michael Rankine (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

Gianluca Havern (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 1, Altrincham 1. Michael Rankine (Altrincham) header from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Sinnott with a cross.

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