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Chester 2-1 Alfreton Town

Bumpers Lane, Chester

Craig Mahon scored an injury-time winner as Chester came from behind to beat struggling Alfreton.

The away side went ahead through Tom Shaw, who received a pass from Joe Ironside to prod the ball past former Alfreton keeper Jon Worsnop.

Tom Davies then headed a great chance over for Alfreton before Chester's Matty Hughes equalised from 10 yards.

Sean McConville shot narrowly wide, but the hosts won it when Mahon diverted Jamie Menagh's cross into the net.

After losing three of their first four home games this season, Chester are now unbeaten in five at Bumpers Lane, in which they have taken 13 points out of a possible 15.

City are now up to 13th, seven points shy of the play-offs, while Alfreton remain second from bottom, now just three points clear of backmarkers Telford.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We played them off the park. Alfreton scored off the run of play, but our lads got what they deserved and we could have and should have scored more.

"We carried on where we left off against Aldershot and we're starting to make this a difficult place to come.

"I felt the way we were pressing that we were going to score, but you never want to leave it that late because it would have been a completely different dressing room with two points lost."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 22Heneghan
  • 4Kay
  • 6Charnock
  • 3RobertsBooked at 90mins
  • 7Mahon
  • 10Rooney
  • 8JamesBooked at 81mins
  • 16McConville
  • 19HobsonSubstituted forMenaghat 75'minutes
  • 27Hughes

Substitutes

  • 11Winn
  • 13Roberts
  • 14Menagh
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Touray

Alfreton

  • 20Dawson
  • 2Wood
  • 5Graham
  • 25DaviesBooked at 12mins
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 12Shaw
  • 4Courtney
  • 11Howell
  • 24MellorSubstituted forBradleyat 49'minutes
  • 23HawleySubstituted forKeaneat 79'minutes
  • 18IronsideSubstituted forMcDonaldat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bradley
  • 14Sheridan
  • 15Keane
  • 17McDonald
Referee:
Ian Hussin
Attendance:
2,084

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 2, Alfreton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Alfreton Town 1.

Booking

Gareth Roberts (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Alfreton Town.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Alfreton Town 1. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Menagh with a cross.

Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh tries a through ball, but Jamie Menagh is caught offside.

Foul by Duane Courtney (Alfreton Town).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Massiah McDonald (Alfreton Town).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town).

Gareth Roberts (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

Kingsley James (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kingsley James (Chester FC).

Luke Graham (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Jordan Keane replaces Karl Hawley.

Foul by Massiah McDonald (Alfreton Town).

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Hobson.

Foul by Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

Tom Davies (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

Tom Davies (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Massiah McDonald (Alfreton Town).

Gareth Roberts (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Kingsley James (Chester FC) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

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

Attempt saved. Michael Kay (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Massiah McDonald replaces Joe Ironside.

Foul by Duane Courtney (Alfreton Town).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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

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

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