November 22, 2014
(THIS REPORT BY DENNIS WALL IS TAKEN FROM CHESTERFIRST WITH MANY THANKS.)
Chester FC 2 Bristol Rovers 2
CHESTER produced a sensational comeback to earn a share of the spoils.
Matty Taylor (do they mean Nathan Blissett?) and Tom Parkes had put Rovers 2-0 up with two goals in seven minutes after the break, but Rhys Oates and Matty Hughes responded with two goals in three minutes to set up a thrilling finale.
The Blues made one change from their 1-0 home victory against Gateshead the week before.
(A smart and tidy ground for this level of football.)
On loan Fleetwood Town striker Matty Hughes returned to the starting line up after serving a three game suspension and replaced Craig Hobson who was named as a substitute.
Chester carved the first scoring chance when John Rooney found himself 20 yards from goal, but his opening minute scuffed shot was easily claimed by visiting keeper Steve Mildenhall.
(Manager Steve Burr and Jon McCarthy, first team coach, show the hats you could have chosen to keep warm.)
Rovers hit back in the seventh minute when Tom Lockyer’s long throw fell to ex-Chester striker Matty Taylor, but his close range shot was saved by Jon Worsnop and hastily cleared.
Taylor was presented with another chance in the 11th minute, but he sliced well wide of the right post from 20 yards after chesting the ball into a shooting position.
Stuart Sinclair ensured the visitors continued to press in the 14th minute, but his low drive bounced wide of the left post from 25 yards.
Andy Monkhouse rifled a 25 yard effort wide in the 29th minute, and Worsnop had to be alert to gather three yards from goal after Gareth Roberts had swiped a missed a left wing cross from Lee Brown.
Taylor came close to breaking the deadlock in the 38th minute with a low shot from the left edge of the area which fizzed inches wide of the far post.
(Does anybody know where the Wales/England boundary actually falls in relation to this ground?)
Chester countered in the 40th minute with a good run ffrom Craig Mahon and assist for John Rooney whose curling shot from 25 yards was easily held by Mildenhall.
The Blues came closest to scoring on the stroke of half time when Ben Henghan smashed a 25 yard drive a fraction wide of the left post.
(Nathan Blissett in action in our home fixture against Kidderminster last weekend.)
Sean McConville replaced Josh O’Keefe before the start of the second half, but Rovers broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Nathan Blissett’s first touch from Taylor’s left wing cross beat Worsnop.
And Tom Parkes doubled the visitors lead in the 58th minute with a low shot from eight yards after Chester failed to clear the danger.
(Tom Parkes receiving his England C Cap was the unexpected scorer of our second goal.)
Lyle Della-Verde was denied by Worsnop seconds later when his deflected shot from the right edge of the six yard box was tipped over the bar.
(Rhys Oates, in his Grimsby shirt, when on loan to the Mariners earlier this season, scored the fortunate first.)
Chester reduced their arrears in the 67th minute when Mahon’s cross on the right found Rhys Oates whose looping shot found the net.
And the Blues equalised three minutes later when Hughes headed home after McConville’s effort had sat up after being blocked.
(Matty Hughes, the scorer of the equaliser for Chester FC in the 70th minute.)
Both sides created scoring chances towards the end, but five minutes of stoppage time failed to find a winning goal.
CHESTER (4-4-2): Worsnop; Heneghan, Brown, Charnock, Roberts; James, Rooney, Mahon, O’Keefe (McConville 46); Hughes (Hobson 87), Oates (Touray 90). Subs (not used): C Roberts, Kay.
BRISTOL ROVERS (4-4-2): Mildenhall, Brown, Lockyer, McChrystal, Parkes; Monkhouse, Mansell, Sinclair, Della Verde (Gosling 66); Taylor (Harrison 78), Blissett (Goldberg 87). Subs (not used): Clarke, Balanta.
REFEREE: Wayne Barratt (Bromsgrove).
IF ANY GOOD HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH ARE FOUND THEY WILL ALSO BE POSTED HERE.
FIRST GAS GOAL BY NATHAN BLISSETT (Short and shaky coverage)