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Chester 4-2 Gateshead

By Ged Scott, BBC Sportat Bumpers Lane

Chester top scorer Ross Hannah struck twice to help his team come from behind to finish their season with a third straight win against Gateshead.

The Heed led when right-back Ryan Higgins failed to clear CJ Hamilton's cross and sub Rob Ramshaw tapped in.

Kane Richards nodded in to level before Higgins' low long-range shot gave Chester the lead two minutes later.

But Rooney teed up Hannah, who was set up by Tom Shaw for a second before Dan Johnson scored from Ramshaw's cross.

Following their season-closing three victories, Chester finish 17th in the National League table, six points clear of trouble.

Neil Aspin's Gateshead ended up in ninth, 13 points adrift of a play-off place.

Hannah's 22-goal tally was beaten by only three other National League strikers, Cheltenham's Dan Holman and Grimsby's Padraig Amond, who both scored 30, and Barrow's Andy Cook (24).

Chester caretaker manager Jon McCarthy told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm really pleased for the players. They can go and enjoy their summer now and the club can get on with what they have to do.

"But I wanted it for the fans too. We wanted to thank them after a frustrating season. We wanted a performance, and it came in the end.

"We talked about having a little bit more desire than them. We were quite ruthless. There was no sentiment or young players and we kept the same team and we knew Craig Mahon and Ross Hannah would want to come on.

"It is just playing more 4-4-2 than 4-2-4. It's about bringing wide players into deeper positions which actually gives them more of the ball, rather than them going and marking the full backs. It just makes us so much tighter."

Line-ups

Chester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Thompson
  • 2Higgins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 8Shaw
  • 3Hunt
  • 17Astles
  • 11ChapellSubstituted forMahonat 59'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 26Lloyd
  • 10Rooney
  • 15RichardsSubstituted forHobsonat 83'minutes
  • 23AlabiSubstituted forHannahat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Worsnop
  • 5George
  • 7Mahon
  • 9Hannah
  • 19Hobson

Gateshead

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Russell
  • 2Baxter
  • 14Holden
  • 12MafutaBooked at 27minsSubstituted forChandlerat 37'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 29Whitmore
  • 6ClarkSubstituted forCurtisat 6'minutes
  • 10Gillies
  • 3Pattison
  • 28Hamilton
  • 19BowmanSubstituted forRamshawat 37'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 20Johnson

Substitutes

  • 4Chandler
  • 5Curtis
  • 8Ramshaw
  • 13MacDonald
  • 16Onovwigun
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
2,323

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 4, Gateshead 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 4, Gateshead 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gillies (Gateshead).

  4. Post update

    Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Gateshead. Danny Johnson tries a through ball, but Danny Johnson is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 4, Gateshead 2. Danny Johnson (Gateshead) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Rob Ramshaw.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Kane Richards.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

  11. Post update

    Josh Gillies (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 4, Gateshead 1. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Shaw.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kane Richards (Chester FC).

  14. Post update

    James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 3, Gateshead 1. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Rooney.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alex Whitmore (Gateshead).

  17. Post update

    Kane Richards (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  18. Booking

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Booking

    Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham4630115873057101
2Forest Green462611969422789
3Braintree4623121156381881
4Grimsby4622141082453780
5Dover4623111275532280
6Tranmere4622121261441778
7Eastleigh4621121364531175
8Wrexham462091771561569
9Gateshead461910175970-1167
10Macclesfield461991860481266
11Barrow461714156471-765
12Woking461710197168361
13Lincoln City461613176968161
14Bromley46179206772-560
15Aldershot46168225472-1856
16Southport461413195265-1355
17Chester461412206771-454
18Torquay461312215476-2251
19Boreham Wood461214204449-550
20Guiseley461116194770-2349
21Halifax461212225582-2748
22Altrincham461014224873-2544
23Kidderminster46913244971-2240
24Welling46811273573-3835
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