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By Ged Scott at The LambBBC Sport
John Rooney

Matty Taylor hit a hat-trick as Chester held on to win a classic seven-goal Conference Premier relegation battle.

Taylor struck his first two either side of John Rooney's stunning 25-yarder as City scored three times in 10 first half minutes.

Matt Godden pulled one back for the Lambs just before the break.

Taylor's third should have settled it, but Tamworth fought back, Godden netting a second before Richard Peniket's late goal.

Tamworth should have led when the unmarked Godden blazed over Nick Chadwick's low cross from 10 yards.

Chester made them pay when Rooney set up Taylor's 23rd-minute opener.

Rooney then curled home a fine left-foot strike before Gareth Seddon flicked on for Taylor to make it 3-0.

Godden atoned for his earlier miss when he touched home from six yards.

But Taylor restored Chester's three-goal lead when he drilled home following an exquisite lofted pass from the artful Rooney.

Tamworth substitute Jesse Reindorf's late introduction fired up the home side, who netted through Godden and a drilled low shot from Peniket, but Chester held on to climb two points clear of trouble.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Sport:

"It's a massive three points. Some of the stuff we played tonight was excellent.

"We knew they'd bombard us. They're in the same position as us and I thought it would be tough and the big lad (Reindorf) caused us some problems when he came on.

"But really I thought we might have scored more goals. Matty Taylor took his goals well, while John Rooney's was superb and he was close with a couple of other efforts."

Line-ups

Tamworth

  • 1Belford
  • 2Evans
  • 4TownsendSubstituted forToddat 38'minutes
  • 6Richards-Everton
  • 34Keane
  • 24FentonBooked at 72mins
  • 32MahonBooked at 47mins
  • 29HildrethBooked at 51minsSubstituted forReindorfat 71'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 17Peniket
  • 14Godden
  • 28ChadwickSubstituted forHaworthat 15'minutes

Substitutes

  • 25Haworth
  • 27Baker-Richardson
  • 20Todd
  • 5Reindorf
  • 7Kerry

Chester

  • 31Chapman
  • 17Brown
  • 12Turner
  • 27Killock
  • 5Linwood
  • 24Rooney
  • 21MahonSubstituted forMenaghat 70'minutes
  • 16Bond
  • 8Jarrett
  • 19Seddon
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Danby
  • 9Mainwaring
  • 34Menagh
  • 20Daniels
  • 11Lindfield
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
1,036

Match Stats

Home TeamTamworthAway TeamChester
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth).

  4. Post update

    Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

  8. Post update

    Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

  10. Post update

    Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Tamworth.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Chester FC).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Keane (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

  15. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Booking

    Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth).

  18. Post update

    Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessy Reindorf.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

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