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Chester 8-2 Aldershot Town

James Alabi
James Alabi had scored once in five games for Chester before Tuesday

James Alabi scored four first-half goals as Chester thumped Aldershot 8-2.

The former Stoke City trainee had only scored two league goals in his career before Tuesday but doubled that tally in a crazy opening 45 minutes that ended 6-1 to the hosts.

Sam Hughes, who opened the scoring after five minutes, scored two while Ross Laffayette struck for Aldershot.

After the break, Chester's Ross Hannah scored a double of his own, either side of Dan Walker pulling one back.

The win, which saw the hosts move up to 15th in the National League, was Chester's biggest since reforming in 2010.

In terms of Chester's overall history, it was well short of the old club's record 12-0 win set in 1936 against York City, but this was their highest-scoring victory since winning 8-2 at home to Peterborough in Division Four in August 1972.

They did win by a seven-goal margin when they beat Fulham 7-0, also at their old home at Sealand Road, in April 1989.

Alabi became the first Chester player to score four goals in a game since Andy Milner in a 6-0 home win over Doncaster in February 1997.

And all in front of a gate of just 1,425 - the club's lowest league crowd in the six years since they were reformed.

Aldershot Town boss Barry Smith told BBC Surrey: "It's hard to explain it but it's totally unacceptable performance and we apologise to all the Aldershot Town fans because that was a performance that we're not proud of.

"I take full responsibility and it's me who has put that team out onto the pitch and it wasn't good enough. I felt it was right for me to apologise to them personally.

"I think Damon Lathrope has been a big miss because he's the one player who can get the ball down and pass it to get us into good positions. We will be in tomorrow to make sure the boys know that performance was unacceptable."

Line-ups

Chester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Thompson
  • 2Higgins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 26Lloyd
  • 3Hunt
  • 17Astles
  • 4O'BrienSubstituted forMahonat 77'minutes
  • 12HughesSubstituted forShawat 72'minutes
  • 11Chapell
  • 9Hannah
  • 23AlabiSubstituted forBellat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Worsnop
  • 7Mahon
  • 8Shaw
  • 10Rooney
  • 24Bell

Aldershot

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Smith
  • 12Alexander
  • 2OastlerBooked at 66mins
  • 15Browne
  • 3McGinty
  • 14Beckles
  • 8StevensonSubstituted forSavilleat 84'minutes
  • 16Gallagher
  • 17RasuloSubstituted forHattonat 59'minutes
  • 23LafayetteSubstituted forPaveyat 69'minutes
  • 19Walker

Substitutes

  • 5Saville
  • 7Hatton
  • 13Thomas
  • 20Pavey
  • 24Ralph
Referee:
Karl Evans
Attendance:
1,425

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamAldershot
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 8, Aldershot Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 8, Aldershot Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

  4. Post update

    Rhys Browne (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

  6. Post update

    Sean McGinty (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Lloyd (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Jack Saville replaces Jim Stevenson.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Jordan Chapell.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Danny O'Brien.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nyal Bell (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Aldershot Town.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Johnny Hunt (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    Rhys Browne (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 8, Aldershot Town 2. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny O'Brien.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Shaw replaces Sam Hughes.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dan Walker (Aldershot Town).

  20. Post update

    Ryan Astles (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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