National League
ChesterChester0AlfretonAlfreton Town1

Chester 0-1 Alfreton Town

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Bumpers Lane
Bumpers Lane, Chester

Shaun Harrad's second-half penalty secured victory for Alfreton at the expense of Chester, who remain in Conference Premier relegation trouble.

The home side went close early on when visiting goalkeeper Jon Worsnop went full length to deny Ross Killock.

But, just a minute after slicing wide of an open goal, John Akinde redeemed himself by earning Alfreton's penalty.

The striker was brought down on 66 minutes by home keeper Aaron Chapman, who was sent the wrong way by Harrad.

Alfreton's victory lifted then briefly to second. But, within an hour of the end of the game, they dropped back down to third when the Conference revealed that they had been deducted three points for fielding an unregistered player in the 3-1 win at Kidderminster Harriers in December.

After a second successive defeat, Steve Burr's Chester slip to 20th, just two points clear of safety, ahead of Tuesday's important home meeting with Merseyside rivals Southport - themselves in trouble near the bottom.

Line-ups

Chester

  • 31ChapmanBooked at 65mins
  • 5Linwood
  • 12Turner
  • 17Brown
  • 3Heath
  • 27KillockSubstituted forHobsonat 19'minutes
  • 15TurnerSubstituted forMenaghat 72'minutes
  • 24Rooney
  • 16Bond
  • 21MahonBooked at 62mins
  • 19SeddonSubstituted forDanielsat 76'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 7Hobson
  • 34Menagh
  • 20Daniels
  • 25Bridge
  • 1Danby

Alfreton

  • 15Worsnop
  • 7Law
  • 16Fenton
  • 2Wood
  • 10BradleyBooked at 61mins
  • 5WyldeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKempsonat 45+5'minutes
  • 8Shaw
  • 25JonesSubstituted forMeadowsat 57'minutes
  • 23Poku
  • 18AkindeBooked at 53minsSubstituted forClaytonat 75'minutes
  • 24HarradBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 12Meadows
  • 9Clayton
  • 6Kempson
  • 20McFadzean
  • 19Andrews
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
2,042

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home3
Away8
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

  5. Post update

    Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Alfreton Town.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton tries a through ball, but Paul Clayton is caught offside.

  8. Booking

    Brendon Daniels (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Brendon Daniels (Chester FC).

  10. Post update

    Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Brendon Daniels (Chester FC).

  12. Post update

    Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Brendon Daniels replaces Gareth Seddon.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton replaces John Akinde.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Nathan Turner.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

  19. Post update

    Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.