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Torquay United 0-1 Chester

Chester celebrate victory
Chester celebrate Sam Hughes' winning goal at Plainmoor

Teenage Chester captain Sam Hughes boosted his side's hopes of avoiding relegation with a late winner to leave Torquay United in the bottom four.

The 19-year-old City right-back let fly with a fierce 25-yard right-foot shot, which deflected in off Damon Lathrope.

The Gulls, who had to play the whole of the second half with 10 men after Myles Anderson was sent off, went closest when Jamie Reid hit the post.

Chester are now nine points clear of trouble, with Torquay in 21st place.

The closest either side came before the break were a pair of curled free kicks over the bar from Chester's Evan Horwood and Torquay front man Reid.

The visitors went close to earning a 43rd-minute penalty when James Alabi was brought down on the edge of the box. But referee Sam Allison opted not to give the spot-kick and instead sent off Anderson.

Chester had to survive a huge second-half scramble when Ruairi Keating was denied in a triple let-off that ended with keeper Alex Lynch touching Reid's shot onto the post

Hughes, the best player on the park and already on the wish list of Football League clubs, then fired home before Chester had to survive a real scare when defender Ryan Astles somehow scooped over his own bar in the 86th minute.

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 1Moore
  • 17AndersonBooked at 43mins
  • 4Lathrope
  • 5Gallifuoco
  • 15McGinty
  • 8YoungBooked at 58mins
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 12Verma
  • 18Reid
  • 9HarradSubstituted forLeeat 45'minutes
  • 19KeatingBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Chaney
  • 11Sparkes
  • 14Williams
  • 31Lee
  • 33Nicholson

Chester

  • 1Lynch
  • 3HorwoodSubstituted forWatersat 30'minutes
  • 16Hunt
  • 14JoyceSubstituted forDurrellat 71'minutes
  • 5Hudson
  • 12Hughes
  • 6Astles
  • 26DawsonBooked at 89mins
  • 15RichardsSubstituted forShawat 79'minutes
  • 9AlabiBooked at 90mins
  • 21Lloyd

Substitutes

  • 4George
  • 8Shaw
  • 10Durrell
  • 13Roberts
  • 19Waters
Referee:
Sam Allison
Attendance:
1,881

Live Text

Match ends, Torquay United 0, Chester FC 1.

Booking

James Alabi (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Chester FC 1.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 0, Chester FC 1. Sam Hughes (Chester FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Shaw replaces Kane Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Brett Williams replaces Ruairi Keating.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Elliott Durrell replaces Wade Joyce.

Booking

Luke Young (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

Second Half

Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Chester FC 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Chester FC 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Lee replaces Shaun Harrad.

Dismissal

Myles Anderson (Torquay United) is shown the red card.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Waters replaces Evan Horwood.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City38247772363679
2Tranmere39247858322679
3Forest Green40229980503075
4Dag & Red402341368462273
5Aldershot4120111057342371
6Dover402161374551969
7Barrow411814962431968
8Gateshead4118131066422467
9Macclesfield381861454441060
10Wrexham411412153951-1254
11Eastleigh411314145256-453
12Boreham Wood411313154238452
13Chester401410165956352
14Sutton United401310174754-749
15Guiseley411310184760-1349
16Bromley40147194559-1449
17Solihull Moors41139195562-748
18Maidstone United39138185167-1647
19Braintree41129204767-2045
20Woking41128215874-1644
21Torquay411110204556-1143
22York40915164761-1442
23North Ferriby United41113272769-4236
24Southport4097244585-4034
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