Chester City beat the Daggers 5-2 in an eventful game at the Deva Stadium on
Saturday, a result that sees City go top of the Conference. Unlike the game
against Doncaster though, the Daggers made a decent fist of this one, keeping it
close up to the last 10 minutes and taking an early lead.
The Daggers scored after just 31 seconds when Paul Terry
(left) converted a Mark Janney cross but could only hang on to the lead until the 7th minute when Ryan Sugden equalised.
Sugden was brought down by Tony Roberts to conceed a penalty in the 20th minute and Kelly scored, Roberts only booked for the
foul when many observers felt he should have walked.
(right) opened his Daggers account with a superb strike from a free kick in the 35th minute, finding the top left corner
from 20 yards to make it 2-2 at half time.
wheels came off for the Daggers early in the second half though when Ashley Vickers
(left) was red carded in the 53rd minute
after he brought down Chris Blackburn and was ruled to be the last defender.
Chester proceeded to dominate the rest of the game, taking the lead in the 61st minute through Phil
The game was evened up in the 66th minute. Chester keeper Wayne Brown became the second man to see red when adjudged to have handled outside his area in the 66th minute.
With no replacement keeper on the bench Chester were forced to use Chris
Blackburn as a makeshift replacement.
The Daggers couldn't take advantage of
this though, having just one serious shot in the remainder of the match despite
chasing the game with a couple of attacking substitutions. In fact taking off
Steve Heffer and Paul Terry in the 75th minute seemed to unbalance the midfield
and actually had a detrimental effect.
It was due to the gaps left by pushing forward that Chester closed the game out with two more goals from Scott Guyett
in the 81st minute and a second for Sugden in injury time to seal a comfortable win in the
end and leave the Daggers at the wrong end of five goals for a second successive
1 Wayne Brown
2 Steve Harkness
3 Kevin McIntyre
5 Phil Bolland
7 Chris Blackburn
8 Jimmy Kelly
9 Michael Twiss
11 Steve Brodie (off 57 mins)
15 Ryan Sugden
17 Carl Ruffer
20 Scott Guyett
12 Micky Brown (on 57 mins)
14 Paul Cardon
16 Martyn Lancaster
19 Dave Cameron
20 Ben Davies
1 Tony Roberts
3 Ashley Vickers
15 Steve West
17 Lee Matthews (off 71 mins)
20 Mark Rooney
6 Steve Heffer (off 75 mins)
7 Mark Janney
8 Paul Terry (of 75 mins)
11 Paul Bruce
10 Mark Stein
13 Junior McDougald
18 Paul Gothard
2 Tim Cole (on 71 mins)
5 Mark Smith
9 Danny Shipp (on 75 mins)
12 Steve Perkins (on 75 mins)