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Chester 1-0 Macclesfield Town

John Rooney
John Rooney scored five times for Chester last season following his mid-season move from Bury in December

John Rooney struck his first goal of the season as Chester claimed all three points in the Cheshire derby against former landlords Macclesfield Town.

The younger brother of England captain Wayne Rooney struck the only goal with a stunning 13th-minute free-kick after Luke Waterfall's foul on Craig Hobson.

Danny Harrison blew hopes of a second, firing wide before Macc keeper Rhys Taylor saved Hobson's 35-yard chip.

It was a first defeat of the season for Macclesfield, who slip to 12th.

Their best chance came and went when home keeper Jon Worsnop did well to keep out former Chester striker Chris Holroyd's far-post effort.

After a poor start to the campaign, Chester have now climbed three points clear of the Conference drop zone.

Rooney's match-winner, against the club where he started his career, was also particularly satisfying for City boss Steve Burr, who enjoyed a prolific eight seasons with Macclesfield in his own playing days.

Versatile midfielder Callum Morris, who joined Chester from Tranmere in midweek, was an unused substitute for the home side.

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 4KayBooked at 56mins
  • 17Harrison
  • 15HallSubstituted forMahonat 69'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 22Heneghan
  • 8James
  • 16McConville
  • 19Hobson

Substitutes

  • 7Mahon
  • 9Iwelumo
  • 13Roberts
  • 18Riley
  • 24Morris

Macclesfield

  • 1Taylor
  • 2HallsBooked at 41mins
  • 5Pilkington
  • 4WaterfallBooked at 79mins
  • 3BarrowBooked at 59mins
  • 11MokeSubstituted forHolroydat 43'minutes
  • 8Lewis
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 39mins
  • 19RouseSubstituted forHainingat 80'minutes
  • 10Fairhurst
  • 14Gnahoua

Substitutes

  • 9Holroyd
  • 12Cowan
  • 15Haining
  • 18González Díaz
  • 20Branagan
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
2,612

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Will Haining (Macclesfield Town).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kingsley James (Chester FC) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Will Haining replaces Domaine Rouse.

Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

Luke Waterfall (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Macclesfield Town).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt saved. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Hand ball by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Waide Fairhurst (Macclesfield Town).

Kieran Charnock (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Jadan Hall.

Attempt saved. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Waide Fairhurst tries a through ball, but Waide Fairhurst is caught offside.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Foul by Sean McConville (Chester FC).

Scott Barrow (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Scott Barrow (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Scott Barrow (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Barrow (Macclesfield Town).

Sean McConville (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Chester FC. Kingsley James tries a through ball, but Kingsley James is caught offside.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Waide Fairhurst tries a through ball, but Waide Fairhurst is caught offside.

Booking

Michael Kay (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

Domaine Rouse (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town).

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