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Macclesfield Town 3-2 Chester

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Moss Rose
Chris Holroyd

Macclesfield boosted hopes of making the Conference Premier play-offs as they came from behind to beat Chester.

Matty Taylor sent Gareth Seddon clear to run on and fire a low shot for Chester's 19th-minute opener.

Peter Winn flicked on for Scott Boden to head in three minutes later, before Steve Williams nodded in Winn's cross for the home side's 2-1 half-time lead.

Chester old boy Chris Holroyd headed a third, before ex-Macclesfield man John Rooney volleyed one back on 88 minutes.

Rooney's cross then should have brought an equaliser a minute later but Chester's five-goal top scorer Seddon ballooned over the bar from two yards.

While John Askey's Silkmen move to within six points of the play-offs, a third straight defeat for Steve Burr's City leaves them still just a point above 21st-placed Tamworth, who now have three games in hand.

Chester twice had the ball in the Macclesfield net, but top scorer Seddon and defender Paul Linwood both had them lucklessly ruled out for offside.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Sport:

"When a defender makes a run in behind the back four and gets on the end of it, you don't expect to see the linesman's flag go up. As for the other offside decision that went against us, I'd need to look at the DVD.

"But that's just the way things go sometimes. I was more disappointed at the ease with which we allowed Macclesfield to score from three headers.

"I'm pleased that we created plenty of chances compared to Saturday. But we can't keep giving goals away like we have been doing.

"The players have got to start helping themselves. They are honest enough, but they were naive. To go in front and then concede two goals in the way we did was pretty embarrassing."

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Taylor
  • 3AndrewBooked at 86mins
  • 12Williams
  • 4MartinSubstituted forHallsat 7'minutes
  • 25Kay
  • 23Whitaker
  • 7Mackreth
  • 2Connor
  • 19BodenSubstituted forFairhurstat 86'minutes
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forLewisat 90'minutes
  • 11Winn

Substitutes

  • 24Rowe
  • 8Fairhurst
  • 14Gnahoua
  • 26Halls
  • 15Lewis

Chester

  • 1Danby
  • 5Linwood
  • 3Heath
  • 4HoranSubstituted forKayat 60'minutes
  • 12Turner
  • 16Bond
  • 8JarrettBooked at 6minsSubstituted forMahonat 46'minutes
  • 24Rooney
  • 19Seddon
  • 7ReedSubstituted forMainwaringat 60'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 21Mahon
  • 13Fearon
  • 2Kay
  • 25Miller
  • 9Mainwaring
Referee:
Paul Rees

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamChester
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis tries a through ball, but Paul Lewis is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

  6. Post update

    Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).

  9. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Chris Holroyd.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Waide Fairhurst replaces Scott Boden.

  13. Booking

    Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).

  15. Post update

    John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

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