National League
ChesterChester5NuneatonNuneaton Borough3
Liam Daish
Liam Daish took charge of Nuneaton in September 2014

Chester beat Nuneaton in an eight-goal thriller, in what proved Liam Daish's final Conference match as Boro manager.

Andy Brown and Gavin Cowan's header put Boro 2-0 up within half an hour before Ollie McBurnie nodded in for Chester.

Josh Rees restored the two-goal lead with a stunner into the top corner but midfielders Kingsley James and Sean McConville got Chester back level.

McConville fired City ahead before George Thomson sealed it, dribbling through to unleash a left-foot shot.

Chester's third straight victory ensured a top-half finish in 12th for Steve Burr's side, a year on from suffering relegation on the same pitch, only to be reprieved when Hereford were expelled from the Conference.

Daish's last game in charge of Nuneaton will be on Thursday, when his side play his former club Birmingham City in the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Boro, promoted in 2012, finished bottom, having already been relegated from the Conference with two games left a fortnight ago.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a great way to finish the season. We've been battling for a top-half finish all season and now we've got to try to improve on that next year.

"We're certainly all a lot happier than we were this time a year ago when it was all glum miserable faces.

"Nuneaton played very well. It's often hard to understand how a team that's been relegated can produce a performance like that.

"But we woke up and scored some excellent goals. I love to see goals going in. George Thomson's in particular was excellent."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1WorsnopSubstituted forViscosiat 86'minutes
  • 23Higgins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 8James
  • 3Roberts
  • 6Charnock
  • 7MahonSubstituted forMcConvilleat 63'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 27Hughes
  • 17McBurnieSubstituted forThomsonat 65'minutes
  • 19Hobson

Substitutes

  • 2Thomson
  • 13Viscosi
  • 16McConville
  • 21Peers
  • 25Touray

Nuneaton

  • 1Crowcombe
  • 5Dean
  • 15Rees
  • 17Smith
  • 3Franklin
  • 8OglebySubstituted forWalkerat 67'minutes
  • 4CowanSubstituted forBrownat 63'minutes
  • 27DawsonBooked at 80mins
  • 28SodjeSubstituted forNardielloat 76'minutes
  • 9Gordon
  • 10BrownBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Walker
  • 18Brown
  • 19Wren
  • 25Nardiello
Referee:
Karl Evans
Attendance:
2,614

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamNuneaton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 5, Nuneaton Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 5, Nuneaton Town 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Nuneaton Town. Jaanai Gordon tries a through ball, but Jaanai Gordon is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

  5. Post update

    Josh Rees (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  6. Booking

    Andy Brown (Nuneaton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andy Brown (Nuneaton Town).

  8. Post update

    Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Jonathan Viscosi replaces Jon Worsnop.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 5, Nuneaton Town 3. George Thomson (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matty Hughes.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

    Lucas Dawson (Nuneaton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Dawson (Nuneaton Town).

  16. Post update

    George Thomson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

  18. Post update

    Lucas Dawson (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.