National League

Chester 3-2 Wrexham

John Rooney
John Rooney, brother of Manchester United and England captain Wayne, began his career at Everton

John Rooney scored a stunning free-kick as Chester beat Wrexham in the National League's cross-border derby.

On-loan James Roberts had shot wide before Chester deservedly went ahead through Rooney's 25-yard free-kick.

Dominic Vose levelled from the penalty spot after Blaine Hudson was fouled only for Tom Shaw to restore the home side's lead.

Substitute Kane Richards' header made it 3-1 before Connor Jennings pulled a goal back in stoppage time.

Wrexham manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio Wales:

"We were second best from start to finish. We had a little spell after they scored when we had a couple of chances but other than that we were second best.

"We didn't get ourselves on the front foot like they did and never got going.

"That's not a performance that's going to get us where we want to get to."



Formation 3-4-3

  • 1WorsnopBooked at 90mins
  • 2Higgins
  • 4Kay
  • 3Hunt
  • 22Heneghan
  • 10Rooney
  • 8Shaw
  • 6Sharps
  • 17RobertsSubstituted forChapellat 71'minutes
  • 9HannahBooked at 62mins
  • 19HobsonSubstituted forRichardsat 46'minutes


  • 11Chapell
  • 12Hughes
  • 13Forth
  • 14Thomson
  • 15Richards


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Belford
  • 2Vidal
  • 4Smith
  • 11MokeSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes
  • 3Newton
  • 5Hudson
  • 15EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 23NolanBooked at 50minsSubstituted forYorkat 65'minutes
  • 10Jennings
  • 27QuigleySubstituted forCarringtonat 70'minutes
  • 8Vose


  • 12Carrington
  • 14Jackson
  • 16York
  • 17Smith
  • 18White
Ian Hussin

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamWrexham
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 3, Wrexham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 3, Wrexham 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wrexham.

  4. Booking

    Rob Evans (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Booking

    Jon Worsnop (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 3, Wrexham 2. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Wrexham. Connor Jennings tries a through ball, but Connor Jennings is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Wes York (Wrexham).

  9. Post update

    Kane Richards (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

  11. Post update

    Rob Evans (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Jordan Chapell replaces James Roberts.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Mark Carrington replaces Joe Quigley.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 3, Wrexham 1. Kane Richards (Chester FC) header from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wrexham.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Manny Smith (Wrexham) header from the left side of the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kane Richards (Chester FC).

  18. Post update

    Rob Evans (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Shaw (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Wes York replaces Jon Nolan.