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Chester 1 Solihull Moors 0 Attendance1430
Chester FC 1 - 0 Solihull Moors
Date: Sat 9th Dec 2017
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Attn: 1430
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With several games called off due to inclement weather, the ground staff at Chester had moved vast amounts of snow to the perimeter of the pitch and despite freezing conditions the match was on. The hosts stood just 2 points ahead of Moors in the bottom four in the table at the start of proceedings.

Solihull made an excellent start with a dangerous cross from Afolayan eluding the front runners and Jamie Osborne trying his luck from 25 yards but well wide of the mark. When Osborne was subsequently upended by Halls,  Carter’s subsequent free kick was cleared for a corner.

Chester had a rare opportunity on 12 minutes when halls got on the end of a corner, but he headed straight into the arms of O’Leary. Hylton crossed for Afolayan but debutant keeper Hornby was there first. Udoh’s shot was deflected but O’Leary was well placed to quell the danger

Jermaine Hylton put in a trade mark run straight through the meddle of the Blues defence to no avail and some nice one touch plat between him, Carter and Osborne again came to nothing as Moors looked for a shooting opportunity.

With Chester still on the back-foot Moors had the best of the first half with Wes Atkinson shooting high and wide and Hylton putting Afolayan through in the dying stages but the shot was blocked.

Moors has far the better of the opening 45 minutes play – had they managed some shots on target they would almost certainly have been in front.

Chester looked revitalised at the restart and Dawson had a real chance in the opening phase but screwed his shot wide. Udoh fed his pass through to Akintunde but Green was well placed to block the shot. Chester’s corner flashed across the six-yard box - a warning sign perhaps.

Osborne put a great ball to Afolayan on 58 minutes, but the resulting shot was wide – it would be his last action of the day as he was replaced by Asante on the hour mark.

City were now in the ascendancy. A corner on 77 minutes cleared Moors defence and with nobody on the far post Substitute Hannah had a simple nod in to put the hosts in front. 1 – 0.

George Carline, on for Paul Green, was inches away from an Osborne deflection but Hornby was the quicker. However, hope for a Solihull comeback was dealt a blow on 84 minutes when Captain Darren Carter was dismissed for a second bookable offence, this time Dawson going to ground.

With four minutes of added time to come Moors tried in vain to salvage something from a game the badly needed and should have won. Osborne had the last meaningful slice of the action as he cut inside from the right and unleashed the best shot of the match which fizzed over Hornby’s bar.

Solihull came away with nothing but with no shots on target and very few strikes at all that was always likely to be the case.  It was something certainly not lost on a disappointed Mark Yates

” Sometimes games are decided on a set piece and today we were done by one. We were the better team in the first half – we moved the ball around but didn’t create enough chances. We didn’t quite seem to get going in the second and didn’t find our stride or the intensity. Max O’Leary had little to do.

We must get into the habit of shooting on site – we are not pulling the trigger enough. We should have had a look at their new keeper but failed to do so”

The result sees Chester pull away from the relegation zone but with Torquay and Guiseley also losing there is no change in the bottom three. Solihull are 6 points from safety

 

Next Saturday Moors are at home to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Buildbase Trophy KO 3.00pm. Their Record against Rovers could not be much worse – Played 3 – Lost 3 – Goal Against 14 - Goals for 0.

 

Seven One Zero man of the match    Jamey Osborne

 

O’Leary, Bowen (Reckord), Carter ©, Atkinson, Hylton, Afolayan (Asante), Green (P) (Carline), Daly, Kelleher, Osborne, Thomas,  Subs Not Used; Green (K), Murombedzi,

 

Report by John Clothier                      Photos Courtesy of Tom King

 

 

Chester FC - Goals Scored 1
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Solihull Moors - Goals Scored 0
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