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Chester 1-0 Aldershot Town

By Ged Scott BBC Sportat Bumpers Lane
Matty Hughes
Hughes came through the youth system at Premier League side Everton

Chester's latest signing Matty Hughes marked his debut with an 80th-minute winner as Steve Burr's side leapfrogged Aldershot in the Conference table.

For all Chester's domination, the Shots wasted the best first-half chance when on-loan Mark Phillips put a free header wide from Sam Hatton's free-kick.

Craig Mahon had a goal disallowed when he tucked home from close range only for the linesman to rule offside.

But Hughes broke the deadlock when he curled in a low, angled left-foot shot.

Dream debut
Matty Hughes, who began his career at Everton, only joined Chester on Monday from League One side Fleetwood

Chester, denied three points by a late Welling equaliser on Saturday, had to survive an almighty late goalmouth scramble before being able to claim a third clean sheet in their last six home games.

The hosts move up to 14th, seven points shy of the play-off spots, a place ahead of Andy Scott's Shots.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was very pleasing to beat a team who I feel will take a lot of points off other teams in this division this season.

"We played some exciting football and you can be sure that, if I'm feeling excited in the dug-out, then the fans will be.

"On a night game, on a wet pitch, it was made for passing the ball around and we might have taken a few more chances.

"It was nice for Matty Hughes to score on his debut. He gives us a bit of an extra option."

Aldershot Town manager Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:

"You only deserve to get something if you convert your chances.

"As always, the first goal is crucial and we had some fantastic opportunities.

"We're just lacking in forward areas at the moment.

"It's the same old story. Everyone can see that we're not too far away."

Line-ups

Chester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worsnop
  • 22HeneghanBooked at 51mins
  • 4Kay
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 7MahonBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMenaghat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 8James
  • 11WinnSubstituted forTourayat 73'minutes
  • 16McConvilleSubstituted forHarrisonat 90'minutes
  • 27HughesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 5Brown
  • 13Roberts
  • 14Menagh
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Touray

Aldershot

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Smith
  • 2OastlerBooked at 73mins
  • 5Wilson
  • 20Phillips
  • 12Gibbs
  • 16ForbesBooked at 58mins
  • 14RobertsBooked at 70mins
  • 7Hatton
  • 4LathropeSubstituted forFitchettat 82'minutes
  • 9WilliamsSubstituted forScottat 76'minutes
  • 19DerrySubstituted forPlummerat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Barker
  • 10Fitchett
  • 11Scott
  • 13Thomas
  • 15Plummer
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
1,776

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamAldershot
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 1, Aldershot Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Matty Hughes tries a through ball, but Matty Hughes is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jaydon Gibbs (Aldershot Town).

  6. Post update

    Matty Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Mahon.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Danny Harrison replaces Sean McConville.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Fitchett (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Aldershot Town. Mark Phillips tries a through ball, but Mark Phillips is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

  14. Post update

    Josh Scott (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Dan Fitchett replaces Damon Lathrope.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Matty Hughes tries a through ball, but Matty Hughes is caught offside.

  17. Booking

    Matty Hughes (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 1, Aldershot Town 0. Matty Hughes (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Josh Scott replaces Brett Williams.

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