National League
ChesterChester2SalisburySalisbury City2
Steve Burr

Chester were relegated from the Conference Premier after conceding a late equaliser to Salisbury.

The home side opened the scoring when Jason Jarrett's shot was re-directed by Danny Carlton into the bottom corner.

Salisbury levelled through Charlie Sheringham's near-post header but John Rooney made it 2-1 with a wonderful curling shot from the edge of the area.

With five minutes to go Elliot Frear's cross was headed in by Jamie White and Chester could not respond.

Hereford's dramatic 2-1 win at Aldershot meant that they escaped the drop on goal difference.

Salisbury City manager Mikey Harris told BBC Wiltshire:

"I feel for Chester. Relegation must be a bitter pill to swallow, particularly on goal-difference.

"I was delighted with the way my lads performed today and I thought both teams had a right go.

"That was a positive way to end the season - hard work, endeavour and little bits of quality at the right time.

"I'm delighted with the way the season has gone. I'm proud of each and every one of the players for what they've achieved."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 31Chapman
  • 2Kay
  • 14McIntyre
  • 8Jarrett
  • 5LinwoodSubstituted forMahonat 46'minutes
  • 17Brown
  • 12Turner
  • 16Bond
  • 24Rooney
  • 26CarltonSubstituted forHobsonat 77'minutes
  • 34MenaghSubstituted forSeddonat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Danby
  • 7Hobson
  • 10Ashworth
  • 19Seddon
  • 21Mahon

Salisbury

  • 1Puddy
  • 30AmankwaahSubstituted forFitchettat 89'minutes
  • 4Brett
  • 14Sinclair
  • 16DuttonSubstituted forMacDonaldat 74'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 6Wilson
  • 10LewisBooked at 50mins
  • 7McPheeSubstituted forSinclairat 62'minutes
  • 31Sheringham
  • 9White
  • 11Frear

Substitutes

  • 8Wellard
  • 13Sinclair
  • 20Fitchett
  • 23MacDonald
  • 29Roberts
Referee:
Adrian Holmes
Attendance:
3,588

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamSalisbury
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 2, Salisbury City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Salisbury City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Salisbury City.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Kevin McIntyre tries a through ball, but Kevin McIntyre is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rob Sinclair (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Bond (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Salisbury City. Rob Sinclair tries a through ball, but Rob Sinclair is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Angus MacDonald (Salisbury City).

  9. Post update

    Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Salisbury City. Dan Fitchett replaces Kevin Amankwaah.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 2, Salisbury City 2. Jamie White (Salisbury City) header from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot is too high.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Booking

    Angus MacDonald (Salisbury City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Angus MacDonald (Salisbury City).

  17. Post update

    Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Danny Carlton.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Salisbury City. Angus MacDonald replaces Brian Dutton.

  20. Post update

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