Lambs take home all three points from the Deva
08 September 2009
Gary Mills made one change to the starting eleven from Saturday's two all draw with Wimbledon, handing Seb Lake-Gaskin his full debut at the expense of Gavin Hurren who took a place on the bench.
A stop start start to the game saw The Lambs get proceedings underway kicking towards the Harry McNally stand and Wright put a hopeful cross right into the middle of the Chester fans behind Danby's goal.
The travelling Lambs contingent which number about 118 took their seats in the Liversage Stand on the far side of the ground and were soon in fine voice.
On the field Lake-Gaskin won a corner with a deflected cross on the right which Shaw took but was flicked long as far as Wright who tried an audacious shot from the touchline which saw Danby collect at height.
Lake-Gaskin fouled Barry on the half way line on 5 but a push in the box by the same City player on the same Lambs player halted play soon after it has started. Alcock restarted played with a long goal kick which Chester defended but Tamworth soon has possession back and moved the ball to the far wing.
Rain clouds threatened the area as they had all afternoon, but failed to dampen the Deva Stadium as they had earlier on in the evening, and Sheridan was flagged offside on 8.
Ashton fouled Tait by the right touchline inside the Lambs half on 9 and Briscoe launched a long ball forward which Smith flicked on and Rodman flashed from the left of the area wide of the far post.
Tamworth showed great strength to continue to try and work the ball forward as Chester played kick and chase, looking for the run of their forwards.
Rodman forced a corner off Ryan for a right sided corner on 14 from Wright's over hit left wing cross and Shaw found Wright, but his shot cleared the home fans stand behind the goal and out of the ground.
Chadwick flicked on a good header which looked like it was going in the right direction for Barry down the left wing, but it was over hit.
Lake-Gaskin was felled by Ashton on 20 for a Shaw freekick on the right touchline and although Wright put the ball into the far corner with a low shot, the referee ruled it out for handball by the Lambs striker in the build up.
Chadwick thought he'd been brought down in the area by a crunching tackle from Briscoe in the next move of the game, but the referee waved it away and Rodman stayed on the floor requiring treatment on his left knee following a clatter by the touchline and a wave from Chris Leary called a premature halt to Rodman's evening of football.
While Tamworth were sorting out their substitution and playing with 10 men, Roberts hit a long shot from the right side out the area which skipped wide.
Sheridan was then booked for a high knee on Lea who ran around him and caught his outstretched limb as they both went for the ball giving Ashton a freekick which Benjamin cleared.
Chester appeared visibly buoyed by the recent events and Shaw twice denied any sort of chance from Chadwick while the same player missed a header inside the area on the half hour mark which was too high for him to reach.
A long ball down the left wing from Ryan for the run of Blundell on 36 found the City front man who controlled the ball but then flicked it out of play as he tried to turn Lyttle.
Tamworth took the lead though on 38 which saw Tait turn the ball home after a ball into the area from the left from Shaw (1-0, 38) and Chester surged forward from the kick off with Chadwick bringing a fine save out of Alcock. The home side won a corner from it but nothing was forthcoming.
A late challenge on Tait left the Lambs midfielder prostrate on the ground and Roberts was the man who the referee called over. Both he and Blundell picked up bookings as Tait hobbled from the pitch but was Ok to continue after a visit from the Lambs phyiso.
A defensive header span off the head of Lyttle under pressure from Chadwick on 45 which almost crept in at the corner of bar and post, but a goal kick was given which brought some cries of consternation form the home faithful as three minutes added was shown.
Barry received the ball from the right wing in added time as Tamworth failed to clear but hit his shot high over the bar, again, to the dismay of the Chester supporters.
Wilkinson set up Blundell with a shot at goal which should have gone in but he directed the effort wide of the near post from the right of the area while at the other end, some good interplay fromm Wright and Lake-Gaskin was halted by some good defending and another freekick was awarded as the first half drew to a close with The Lambs in the driving seat.
Chester kicked of the second half towards their own fans with The Lambs attacking the empty Cestrian Stand.
Alcock was forced to tip a ballooning shot over his bar inside the first minute from Wilkinson and he did the same again when the ball came in from the flag kick. A melee ensued and a drop ball was awarded on the edge of the six yard box. Tamworth cleared but another corner was won which Shaw headed out and Chester won possession back. They whipped the ball back in but no one could get a touch on the cross and Alcock restarted play.
Wilkinson took a little too long to get a shot away on 49 as the home side played with a renewed urgency. Barry hit a shot on 53 wide of the far post as the home side moved the ball forward again.
At times, Benjamin was playing as a virtual lone striker, flanked by Wright and Lake-Gaskin on the wings dropping back as required when danger reared its head, but some positive play from The Lambs saw a cross from little headed away with Wright waiting at the far post.
Chadwick brought another great save from Alcock on 56 with a shot off the outside of his right boot from 18 yards in the centre of goal, and the corner was cleared.
A cross by Lake-Gaskin was handled on the right wing by Ryan on 58. Shaw put the ball to the far post and Briscoe hooked the ball back into the area. The ball hit the keeper and Smith was on hand to tap home much to the surprise of everyone in the ground (2-0, 59 mins).
Sheridan just missed the target with a left footed shot from the edge of the area from an intelligent ball from Benjamin on 62.
Chester made a double substitution on 64 and went in search of a goal through Roberts, who hit a 25 yard left footed shot high of the bar for a goal kick while at the other end Wright tried his luck from 30 yards, but failed to hit the target by a few feet despite staying low.
Blackwood and Sheridan combined to allow the former to cross looking for the head of Benjamin on 67 but he was beaten to the cross by a defensive head and some quick running from Lake-Gaskin put pressure on the home defence on 69, as did that of Wright who won a freekick 25 yards out .Wright, Briscoe and Blackwood all lined up to take a shot at goal, but it was Wright who hit a his kick high and off target.
Benjamin picked up a booking for dissent, protesting he was not given a freekick on the left side of the field on 73 and the referee urged Alcock to speed up his goal kicks shortly after, just prior to Chester winning a right sided corner which was halted by climbing against Chester at the far post as the ball came in.
Chester got a goal back through Chadwick who diverted Roberts initial shot into the roof of the net when no one seemed to have got hold of a freekick into the box (2-1, 77 mins).
Chadwick conceded a freekick on the half way line on 79 but Lake-Gaskin's cross from the right went behind for a goal kick and as the ball worked its way back down the field, Lyttle headed calmly back to Alcock to start things up again.
Smith allowed the ball to run out for another goal kick on 81 and Chester were forced to try and build from the back again. Blundell chipped to the far post from the right of the area and Chadwick headed over the bar with a directionless header.
Tamworth were being forced to clear at all costs now as Chester moved the ball forward seemingly with every touch and The Lambs unwilling to get pulled too far out of position as the minutes ticked away.
Briscoe was on hand to clear when Alcock fumbled at height under pressure from Chadwick on 86 and as the ball moved forward a freekick was won on the half way line, which saw Briscoe booked for time wasting.
Chester sub was penalised with a booking for a foul on Shaw on 87 but the freekick was long and Chester started from their own box once again. Smith headed away and then Blackwood cleared to the half way line.
Chester's final ball was letting them down every time and Tamworth were playing deep but strong at the back that was until Briscoe's attempted header was misdirected to the feet of Kay who with the goal at his mercy blasted high over the stand.
Lea hit a right footed shot from 25 yards just over the bar as five minutes added time was shown and Lambs fans stood nervously in the seats and celebrated every time Chester made a mistake or Tamworth won a throw in.
Benjamin won a freekick by the left corner flag from a push by Lea which came to nothing and saw Danby pick the ball up and hit it long once again. Lyttle intercepted and Sheridan calmed things down before Wright was felled by Lynch who saw his name go into the book.
The freekick on the right was taken short between Wright and Lake-Gaskin as another freekick was won for a foul on Benjamin which earned another booking, this time for Ryan of City.
Chester pushed on and won a throw on the right which was nodded down and Shaw cleared to the half way line for Sheridan to run onto. He was then fouled by Ashton who became the home side's fifth booking of the game shortly before the final whistle blew on three points for The Lambs.
Alcock, Tait, Blackwood, Smith (capt), Wright, Rodman (Benjamin 26), Sheridan, Shaw, Lyttle, Briscoe, Lake-Gaskin
Subs: Hurren, Nicholson, Mills, Bruce
Chester FC Team:
Danby, Lea, Lynch, Ryan, Kelly, Roberts, Ashton, Wilkinson (Ellams 64), Barry (Kay 64), Chadwick, Blundell
Subs: Murphy, Meynell, Rule
Referee: Mr. R. L. Metcalfe