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Chester 2-2 Grimsby Town

Grimsby's Conference title hopes were dealt a blow as Chester hit back late on to deny them a fifth straight win.

Ollie Palmer finished well from Jon-Paul Pittman's cross on 21 minutes.

And, when Nathan Arnold's effort hit the post, Pittman netted the rebound for a 2-0 lead on 67 minutes.

But Ben Heneghan smashed in a reply on 75 minutes before John Rooney's penalty, after Gregor Robertson had fouled Matty Hughes, levelled it up for Steve Burr's men six minutes from time.

Grimsby stay fourth, five points behind leaders Barnet, while Chester move back up into 10th spot, their highest league ranking since the club reformed in 2010.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"Obviously, for me, the disappointing thing for me is to have been two-nil up and, with the defensive record that we've got, that we couldn't see the game out.

"For the neutral, it must have been a good game to watch. Both sides showed attacking intent and give credit to Chester. They kept going and never gave up.

"It's as though we just settled for what we had and tried to protect but we still ended up creating two good chances to win the game."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 23Higgins
  • 4Kay
  • 18AbbottSubstituted forHobsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 25Touray
  • 22Heneghan
  • 15RichardsSubstituted forRooneyat 68'minutes
  • 8James
  • 27Hughes
  • 2ThomsonSubstituted forMahonat 34'minutes
  • 17McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 6Charnock
  • 7Mahon
  • 10Rooney
  • 13Viscosi
  • 19Hobson

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 6Magnay
  • 22Nsiala
  • 8Disley
  • 35RobertsonBooked at 83mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 7Mackreth
  • 16Clay
  • 20ArnoldSubstituted forJolleyat 85'minutes
  • 18Pittman
  • 33PalmerSubstituted forParslowat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bignot
  • 4Brown
  • 10Hannah
  • 19Parslow
  • 34Jolley
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
2,916

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 2, Grimsby Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Grimsby Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Rooney (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Brad Abbott.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Parslow (Grimsby Town).

  6. Post update

    Matty Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Jolley (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Christian Jolley replaces Nathan Arnold.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 2, Grimsby Town 2. John Rooney (Chester FC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Booking

    Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Penalty Chester FC. Matty Hughes draws a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town).

  15. Post update

    Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

  17. Post update

    Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 1, Grimsby Town 2. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Higgins with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

  20. Post update

    Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

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