Shots Last Match

October 10, 2014

CHESTER FC 1. v. 0. ALDERSHOT TOWN

Jim Green watched Matty Hughes score on his debut to earn the Blues a deserved three points.

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(Matty Hughes celebrates his winner against Aldershot Town.)

It was harder than it should have been but the Blues won for the fourth time in six matches thanks to a splendid debut goal from Matty Hughes. His smart turn and powerful finish on 80 minutes proved the difference between two sides who have struggled for goals this season. Chester have now climbed to 14th in the table, the highest position since the club reformed in 2010, and the continued progress will please Steve Burr.

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(Jim Rooney was unable to get this effort on target.)

His side had taken 10 points from five games since mid-September and shown gradual improvement over the campaign. Aldershot had a long flirtation with relegation last term and have continued to float around lower mid-table this season. Results have been indifferent but a 2-0 win over Alfreton Town on the weekend had put some distance between themselves and the bottom. Andy Scott made two changes with captain Glenn Wilson and Damon Lathrope replacing Joseph N’Guessan and the injured Anthony Tonkin.

Tom Derry stung Jon Worsnop’s palms with a shot from 20 yards but the Shots were second best for much of the first half. Aldershot offered little but wasted the game’s two best chances heading towards the end of the half. An attacking move broke down when Mahon tripped over the ball and a long pass released Brett Williams but he drilled over with Worsnop to beat. Sam Hatton then curled a free kick into the box and Phillips drifted in unmarked but headed wide from close range.

Chester had the ball in the net on 41 minutes when Mahon slid in with a defender and poke homed a low cross but an offside flag, which looked 50-50 at best, denied him and sent the sides into the break level.

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(Craig Mahon saw his goal ruled out because of an offside flag.)

Worsnop made a fantastic stop on 77 minutes to prevent Jordan Roberts putting the Shots ahead, throwing himself in front of the ball after Hatton’s long throw had caused panic. Hughes’ presence had given the Blues greater threat though and he marked his debut with a fine goal on 80 minutes, taking a pass and then turning and drilling a shot into the bottom corner.

Hughes was booked for his celebrations but the lead was almost short-lived when Phillips failed to turn the ball home from on the line, although an offside flag saved his blushes. Worsnop saved from substitute Dan Fitchett late on and the Shots showed more urgency in time added-on than in the previous 90 minutes but Chester held out for the win.

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Chester FC: Worsnop, Heneghan, Kay, Charnock, G Roberts, Mahon (Menagh 90), Rooney, James, Winn (Touray 74), McConville (Harrison 90), Hughes. Subs: C Roberts, Brown.

 Goal: Hughes 80.  Booked: Mahon, Heneghan.

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Aldershot Town: Smith, Gibbs, Wilson, Phillips, Oastler, Lathrope (Fitchett 82), Forbes, Hatton, J Roberts, Derry (Plummer 69), Williams (Scott 76). Subs: Barker, Thomas. 

Booked: Forbes, Roberts, Oastler.

Referee: Ryan Johnson (Bolton).

 Attendance: 1,776.

 (Adapted from the Chester Chronicle with thanks.)

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