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Chester 2-3 Tranmere Rovers

Substitute Andy Cook netted a late winner as Tranmere struck back to edge a five-goal thriller at Chester and move second in the National League.

The home side took charge early on thanks to James Alabi's penalty after Michael Ihiekwe brought down Evan Horwood - although TV replays suggested the offence occurred outside the box.

The 22-year-old former Stoke youth player smashed the spot-kick past goalkeeper Scott Davies into the top corner for his 14th goal of the season after just five minutes to hand the Blues the lead.

Rovers started the second half the stronger side and Adam Mekki - who replaced the injured Jake Kirby in the starting line-up - was unfortunate to see his effort saved.

But Mekki's team-mate Jay Harris made no mistake 10 minutes in as he slotted his long-range shot under diving goalkeeper Alex Lynch to level matters.

Ryan Astles headed Ryan Lloyd's corner home with just over 20 minutes remaining to put the hosts back in front, while James Norwood nodded Liam Ridehalgh's cross in in reply after 81 minutes and a late strike from second-half substitute Cook 20 yards out - his 18th goal of the season - clinched maximum points for Tranmere.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Lynch
  • 12Hughes
  • 16Hunt
  • 10DurrellSubstituted forMahonat 85'minutes
  • 5Hudson
  • 14Joyce
  • 6AstlesBooked at 89mins
  • 21Lloyd
  • 15RichardsSubstituted forDawsonat 72'minutes
  • 9Alabi
  • 3HorwoodSubstituted forO'Brienat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Killock
  • 7Mahon
  • 13Roberts
  • 25O'Brien
  • 26Dawson

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 2Vaughan
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 24J Hughes
  • 5McNulty
  • 20MaynardSubstituted forHarrisat 8'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 6IhiekweBooked at 45mins
  • 7Mekki
  • 19ManganSubstituted forNorwoodat 69'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 23StocktonSubstituted forCookat 58'minutes
  • 12Sutton

Substitutes

  • 4Jennings
  • 8Harris
  • 9Cook
  • 10Norwood
  • 13Turner
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
3,696

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 2, Tranmere Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Tranmere Rovers 3.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Tranmere Rovers 3. Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Elliott Durrell.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Tranmere Rovers 2. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Lucas Dawson replaces Kane Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Norwood replaces Andy Mangan.

Booking

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Tranmere Rovers 1. Ryan Astles (Chester FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Danny O'Brien replaces Evan Horwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces Cole Stockton.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 1, Tranmere Rovers 1. Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Chester FC 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chester FC 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Booking

Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jay Harris replaces Lois Maynard.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. James Alabi (Chester FC) converts the penalty with a.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City32215663323168
2Tranmere33206750292166
3Dag & Red342041059392064
4Forest Green33189668422663
5Dover341851167491859
6Aldershot351610948321658
7Gateshead341510958362255
8Barrow331412750331754
9Macclesfield321651145311453
10Wrexham351310123542-749
11Chester351210135450446
12Bromley35136164256-1445
13Boreham Wood341110133333043
14Eastleigh351013124446-243
15Solihull Moors34127154549-443
16Sutton United32126143643-742
17Braintree34118154051-1141
18Guiseley35108174254-1238
19Woking35107184964-1537
20Maidstone United35107184061-2137
21Torquay3498173848-1035
22Southport3487193871-3331
23North Ferriby United3593232152-3130
24York34514153153-2229
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