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Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Chester

Chester came back from two goals down to claim a local derby draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Defender Ryan Astles' superb low left-foot volley completed City's comeback after Rovers had been reduced to 10 men for the final half hour.

But Rovers still climb a place to third after maintaining their unbeaten National League run under Micky Mellon.

Andy Cook opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the season to put Tranmere ahead in the 30th minute.

He outmuscled visiting left-back Johnny Hunt for an aerial ball, controlled on his chest and fired an angled right-foot volley from 18 yards, which Chester keeper Alex Lynch only got a hand to.

Six minutes later, it was 2-0 as Lynch was beaten at his near post by Ben Tollitt's low angled left-foot drive.

After Kane Richards lashed his powerful shot against the underside of the hosts' bar just before the break, Tom Shaw then headed one back after meeting a ball from Ryan Lloyd six minutes into the second half.

But, after home midfielder Tollitt was sent off for his second bookable offence, after going down in the box looking for a penalty, Chester wasted a string of chances to equalise, before Astles struck a minute into injury time.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1DaviesBooked at 77mins
  • 2VaughanBooked at 86mins
  • 12Sutton
  • 17KirbySubstituted forMekkiat 82'minutes
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 18TollittBooked at 64mins
  • 5McNulty
  • 8HarrisBooked at 22mins
  • 19ManganSubstituted forIhiekweat 68'minutes
  • 9Cook
  • 24Hughes

Substitutes

  • 6Ihiekwe
  • 7Mekki
  • 13Turner
  • 14Stephenson
  • 21Dawson

Chester

  • 1Lynch
  • 12Hughes
  • 16Hunt
  • 10Durrell
  • 5HudsonBooked at 90mins
  • 8Shaw
  • 6AstlesBooked at 41mins
  • 21Lloyd
  • 15RichardsBooked at 90mins
  • 9Alabi
  • 7MahonBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • Marsh
  • 3Horwood
  • 11Chapell
  • 14Joyce
  • 18Evans
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
7,790

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 2.

Booking

Blaine Hudson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 2. Ryan Astles (Chester FC).

Booking

Kane Richards (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lee Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Adam Mekki replaces Jake Kirby.

Booking

Scott Davies (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Michael Ihiekwe replaces Andy Mangan.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ben Tollitt (Tranmere Rovers) for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 1. Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 0.

Booking

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ryan Astles (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Chester FC 0. Ben Tollitt (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Chester FC 0. Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Ben Tollitt (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green20144237132446
2Lincoln City19114439192037
3Tranmere19114427131437
4Dag & Red19113528181036
5Barrow1998230171335
6Dover1911173733434
7Aldershot209652519633
8Gateshead1995535191632
9Eastleigh1987430201031
10Boreham Wood198652215730
11Macclesfield199372519630
12Chester197662823527
13Sutton United197572424026
14Wrexham206771725-825
15Bromley197392228-624
16Solihull Moors196492532-722
17Maidstone United196492535-1022
18Southport1954101939-2019
19Torquay1953111526-1118
20York193792032-1216
21Braintree1944111733-1616
22Woking1935112740-1314
23Guiseley1934122232-1013
24North Ferriby United203314830-2212
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