L. T. O. Dover

April 13, 2015

CHESTER produced a memorable fight back to claim a well deserved home victory.


The Blues had trailed 1-0 when Stefan Payne scored in the 36th minute after a well worked move. But Chester levelled matters within a minute of the restart when Oli McBurnie tucked home from close range.


Stefan Payne

Chester looked a far better side as they took the lead thanks to a Craig Hobson header in the 59th minute. John Rooney smashed a 25 yard shot into the net in the 73rd minute to wrap up the points.

Chester made three changes from the team that suffered a 4-1 home defeat against Forest Green Rovers the week before. Captain Keiran Charnock, midfielder John Rooney and striker Craig Hobson replaced Michael Kay, Matty Brown and Kingsley James respectively.


Both sides took a while to find their stride, but Nick Deverdics provided the first attempt on goal but his second minute effort was rifled wide of the left post. Chester responded in the seventh minute, but Ben Heneghan’s glancing header from John Rooney’s free kick flew wide of the left post.

Craig Mahon tried his luck with a 25 yard effort that easily claimed by visiting keeper Mitch Walker in the 12th minute. But Dover came within inches of breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute with Ricky Modeste’s right wing cross found Heneghan whose touch clipped the top of his own cross bar. 

Chester appealed for a penalty seconds later when Mahon’s ball into the penalty box hit Tom Wynter on the arm, but the referee ignored their loud appeals. Oli McBurnie then saw a header bounce wide from a Rooney assist as Chester tried to make an impact.


But Tyrone Sterling fired a 25 yard shot that fizzed inches over the bar in the 21st minute before Craig Hobson did well to reach the left byline in he 23rd minute but saw his low cross evade everyone. Chester had the ball in the net in the 25th minute, but Hobson was flagged offside after converting an assist from Matty Hughes.

Ryan Higgins tried his luck with a 25 yard drive in the 27th minute which flew just wide of the right post. But Dover took the lead in the 36th minute when Modeste’s right wing cross was headed back by Tom Murphy for Stefan Payne to find the target.

Rooney attempted two long range shots that flew wide in the closing stages of the opening half, and Mahon’s 15 yard attempt was caught by Walker as the Blues continued to press. Hobson was presented with the final chance of the half, but his header from a Hughes assist was gathered by Walker.


Mitchell Walker

Chester made a perfect start to the second half thanks to a good run from Hughes who picked out McBurnie whose shot from eight yards deceived Walker to find the net. McBurnie came close to putting the Blues ahead minutes later, but his header from Rooney’s corner bounced wide of the right post.

And Brad Abbott smashed a 10 yard shot over the bar after Hobson’s goalbound header had been parried by Walker. Hobson ensured the Blues made it 2-1 in the 59th minute when his glancing header from Rooney’s left sided corner beat Walker and found the far corner of the net.

The referee had to receive treatment from both physios after being floored in a collision with Dover’s Solomon Taiwo. Chester increased their advantage in the 73rd minute when Rooney weaved his way into the area and tucked a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net.


Solomon Taiwo

Hobson left the pitch to a well deserved standing ovation in the 81st minute when he was replaced by substitute Tom Peers. Peter Winn substituted Mahon two minutes from time as Chester eased their way to success.

CHESTER (4-4-2): Worsnop; Higgins, Heneghan, Charnock, Roberts; Hughes, Mahon (Winn 88), Rooney, Abbott; McBurnie, Hobson (Peers 81). Subs (not used): Viscosi, Kay, Touray.

DOVER ATHLETIC (4-3-3): Walker; Wynter (Cogan 86), Raggett, Orlu, Essam; Sterling, Deverdics, Taiwo (Bellamy 72); Modeste, Murphy (Poole 78), Payne. Subs (not used): Kinnear, O’Cearuill.

REFEREE: Ryan Johnson (Bolton).


(This match report is kindly provided by Dennis Wall in the Chesterfirst.)


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