Macclesfield boosted hopes of making the Conference Premier play-offs as they came from behind to beat Chester.

Matty Taylor sent Gareth Seddon clear to run on and fire a low shot for Chester's 19th-minute opener.

Peter Winn flicked on for Scott Boden to head in three minutes later, before Steve Williams nodded in Winn's cross for the home side's 2-1 half-time lead.

  • Chester have scored just 27 goals in 30 league games this season (of which six have come in five games since Steve Burr took charge). Only three fellow Conference Premier teams have netted fewer.

Chester old boy Chris Holroyd headed a third, before ex-Macclesfield man John Rooney volleyed one back on 88 minutes.

Rooney's cross then should have brought an equaliser a minute later but Chester's five-goal top scorer Seddon ballooned over the bar from two yards.

While John Askey's Silkmen move to within six points of the play-offs, a third straight defeat for Steve Burr's City leaves them still just a point above 21st-placed Tamworth, who now have three games in hand.

Chester twice had the ball in the Macclesfield net, but top scorer Seddon and defender Paul Linwood both had them lucklessly ruled out for offside.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Sport:

"When a defender makes a run in behind the back four and gets on the end of it, you don't expect to see the linesman's flag go up. As for the other offside decision that went against us, I'd need to look at the DVD.

"But that's just the way things go sometimes. I was more disappointed at the ease with which we allowed Macclesfield to score from three headers.

"I'm pleased that we created plenty of chances compared to Saturday. But we can't keep giving goals away like we have been doing.

"The players have got to start helping themselves. They are honest enough, but they were naive. To go in front and then concede two goals in the way we did was pretty embarrassing."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Macclesfield Town

  • 01 Taylor
  • 03 Andrew Booked
  • 12 Williams
  • 04 Martin (Halls - 7' )
  • 25 Kay
  • 23 Whitaker
  • 07 Mackreth
  • 02 Connor
  • 19 Boden (Fairhurst - 86' )
  • 09 Holroyd (Lewis - 90' )
  • 11 Winn

Substitutes

  • 24 Rowe
  • 08 Fairhurst
  • 14 Gnahoua
  • 26 Halls
  • 15 Lewis

Chester

  • 01 Danby
  • 05 Linwood
  • 03 Heath
  • 04 Horan (Kay - 60' )
  • 12 Turner
  • 16 Bond
  • 08 Jarrett Booked (Mahon - 46' )
  • 24 Rooney
  • 19 Seddon
  • 07 Reed (Mainwaring - 60' )
  • 10 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 21 Mahon
  • 13 Fearon
  • 02 Kay
  • 25 Miller
  • 09 Mainwaring
Ref: Paul Rees

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

4 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2.

90:00 +2:52

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis tries a through ball, but Paul Lewis is caught offside.

90:00 +2:29

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

90:00 +1:06

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

90:00 +1:06

Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:39

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney.

90:00 +0:03

Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).

90:00 +0:03

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

89:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Chris Holroyd.

87:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

85:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Waide Fairhurst replaces Scott Boden.

85:08 Booking

Booking Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:52

Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).

84:52

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

83:13

Attempt missed. Matty Mainwaring (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

81:59

Attempt saved. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

81:25

Attempt missed. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

79:10

Corner, Chester FC.

77:45

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

77:20

Foul by Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town).

77:20

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

76:53

Foul by Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town).

76:53

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

75:20

Corner, Chester FC.

70:06

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.

68:04

Attempt blocked. Lewis Turner (Chester FC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

66:54

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

66:54

John Danby (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

66:40

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

66:25

Attempt blocked. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

66:14

Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

61:16

Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Mackreth.

61:04

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

59:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Michael Kay replaces George Horan because of an injury.

59:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Mainwaring replaces Jamie Reed.

56:15

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

56:15

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

54:46

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

54:07

Attempt blocked. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 1. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) header from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Mackreth with a cross.

52:04

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

52:04

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

49:27

Attempt blocked. Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:55

Attempt missed. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) header from the right side of the box is too high.

48:12

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

48:12

Jamie Reed (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Jason Jarrett.

45:00

Second Half begins Macclesfield Town 2, Chester FC 1.

45:00 +3:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Macclesfield Town 2, Chester FC 1.

45:00 +1:57

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

45:00 +1:57

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:13

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

45:00 +0:13

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

43:32

Attempt missed. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

42:52

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Peter Winn tries a through ball, but Peter Winn is caught offside.

41:39

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Jack Mackreth tries a through ball, but Jack Mackreth is caught offside.

40:44

Corner, Chester FC.

38:36

Attempt saved. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

36:20

Offside, Chester FC. Paul Linwood tries a through ball, but Paul Linwood is caught offside.

35:52

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

35:52

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

34:23

Attempt missed. George Horan (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

32:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Macclesfield Town 2, Chester FC 1. Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Winn with a cross.

32:09

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

32:09

Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

31:02

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

31:02

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

25:53

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

25:53

Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

24:50

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

24:50

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

23:19

Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

23:05

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

21:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Chester FC 1. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) header from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Winn with a headed pass.

20:06

Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

18:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Macclesfield Town 0, Chester FC 1. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matty Taylor.

12:41

Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.

10:05

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

10:05

George Horan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

9:02

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

9:02

Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

6:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Andy Halls replaces Carl Martin because of an injury.

6:03

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

5:11 Booking

Booking Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

4:56

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

4:56

Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

4:20

Attempt blocked. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:22

Attempt blocked. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:35

Attempt missed. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2:02

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

2:02

Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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