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S Howson (51'), D Mooney (59')
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,188

Boston United 0-2 Chester FC


Chester FC scored twice within an eight-minute second half spell to condemn Boston United to a third successive 2-0 home defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Despite having the better of a tight first half, the Pilgrims were undone by Steve Howson's 51st minute header and Dan Mooney's 59th minute strike at The Jakemans Stadium.

The result left Craig Elliott's side with five wins and five defeats from their opening 10 National League North fixtures.

The United manager had opted to name an unchanged XI ahead of kick-off, with midfielder Andi Thanoj passing a fitness test.

The Pilgrims’ medical staff were soon pressed into action when Ryan Qualter clashed heads with Howson in the ninth minute. Qualter came off worse and was forced to have his head bandaged initially.

Chester defender Danny Livesey used his head to block a firm Nathan Arnold drive before the same United player tested keeper Grant Shenton with a rising drive following Ben Davies’ deep cross from the right.

The scores remained deadlocked at half-time but Chester upped the ante after arguably being second-best in the first period.

Matty Hughes, on as a substitute 10 minutes before the break, motored before being held up by Ben Middleton and bending an effort narrowly wide from 20 yards.

The deadlock was broken six minutes into the half when HOWSON got up above Ashley Jackson to bury Mooney’s corner with a firm header.

MOONEY went from provider to scorer eight minutes later when he made the most of Craig Mahon’s precise throughball to run on and beat George Willis with aplomb.

The closest United came to reducing the arrears was when Nicky Walker slammed home an Ahkeem Rose knockdown — albeit from an offside position.

Willis made fine saves to deny Hughes and Mooney in the closing stages as the Blues threatened to extend their advantage.

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; Ben Davies, Ryan Qualter, Ben Middleton, Ashley Jackson; Max Wright, Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Nathan Arnold (Jonny Margetts 78); Ahkeem Rose (Yusifu Ceesay 69), Nicky Walker. Subs (not used): Jonathan Wafula, Adam Marriott, Spencer Harris.

Chester (4-5-1): Grant Shenton; Dominic Smalley (Jon Moran 46), Steve Howson, Danny Livesey, Simon Grand; Dan Mooney (Luke Jordan 88), Gary Roberts, Scott Burton (Matty Hughes 35), Gary Stopforth, Craig Mahon; Anthony Dudley. Subs (not used): John Pritchard, Iwan Murray.

Referee: Tom Parsons.

Attendance: 1,188 (100 visitors).

Ben Davies

Player of the Match

Ben Davies

Key moments

Goal Steve Howson scores for Chester
Goal Dan Mooney scores for Chester


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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Davies is awarded player of the match for Boston United
78:00 Sub Off
Nathan Arnold is substituted off for Boston United
78:00 Sub On
Jonny Margetts is substituted on for Boston United
69:00 Sub On
Yusifu Ceesay is substituted on for Boston United
69:00 Sub Off
Ahkeem Rose is substituted off for Boston United
59:00 Goal 0 - 2
Dan Mooney scores for Chester
58:00 Yellow Card
Max Wright is yellow carded for Boston United
51:00 Goal 0 - 1
Steve Howson scores for Chester
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • Chester
  • 0
  • Steve Howson Goal 51:00'
  • Max Wright Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Dan Mooney Goal 59:00'
  • Yusifu Ceesay Sub On 69:00'
  • Ahkeem Rose Sub Off 69:00'
  • Jonny Margetts Sub On 78:00'
  • Nathan Arnold Sub Off 78:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Chester 42 62
10. Kidderminster Harriers 42 60
11. Boston United 42 58
12. York City 42 58
13. Leamington 42 54
14. Southport 42 53
15. Alfreton Town 42 51

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