Jamie Menagh hit a last-gasp winner as Steve Burr's Chester moved back out of the Conference relegation zone with victory over 10-man Halifax Town.

After Halifax's Josh Wilson had been sent off for a first-half foul on Gareth Seddon, Craig Mahon put Chester ahead from close range on 55 minutes.

Halifax thought they had salvaged a point when James Bolton scored in stoppage time after poor defending.

  • Chester have won three of their five games under new boss Steve Burr, appointed on 18 January until the end of the season

But late substitute Menagh stabbed home the winner after a defensive mix-up.

Menagh's goal, in the fifth minute of injury time, just eight minutes after coming on, was his fourth in eight matches for Chester.

City keeper Aaron Chapman made his debut, coming in for John Danby. But a finger injury ended his evening prematurely 20 minutes from time, when he had to be replaced by Danby.

Meanwhile, Chester have parted company with assistant manager Gary Jones, more than a month after the sacking of the man who appointed him in May 2010, Burr's predecessor, Neil Young.

"Gary has played a significant part in the rise of our club," said City vice-chairman Steve Ashton. "He's a great bloke, who has been a pleasure to work with."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Chester

  • 31 Chapman (Danby - 71' )
  • 03 Heath Booked
  • 27 Killock
  • 17 Brown
  • 12 Turner
  • 21 Mahon (Menagh - 87' )
  • 24 Rooney Booked
  • 08 Jarrett
  • 16 Bond Booked
  • 10 Taylor (Reed - 92' )
  • 19 Seddon

Substitutes

  • 34 Menagh
  • 09 Mainwaring
  • 05 Linwood
  • 07 Reed
  • 01 Danby

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 22 Ainge Booked
  • 03 McManus
  • 20 Maynard
  • 29 Bolton
  • 15 Roberts
  • 18 Marshall
  • 28 Crowther (Smith - 74' )
  • 27 Lenighan (Jackson - 46' )
  • 11 Gregory
  • 14 Wilson Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 12 Senior
  • 31 Jackson
  • 16 Worthington
  • 07 Smith
  • 32 Challinor
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 2,127

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

5 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chester FC 2, FC Halifax Town 1.

90:00 +6:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, FC Halifax Town 1.

90:00 +5:54

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Lee Gregory tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

90:00 +4:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 2, FC Halifax Town 1. Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +3:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 1, FC Halifax Town 1. James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

90:00 +1:23 Substitution

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

88:48

Foul by Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town).

88:48

Matt Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

88:26

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

86:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Mahon.

85:24

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

83:20

Corner, Chester FC.

81:45

Corner, Chester FC.

79:51

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

79:51

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

79:22

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

77:49

Attempt missed. James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

77:15

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

77:15

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

76:24

Corner, Chester FC.

74:28 Booking

Booking Andrew Bond (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:14

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

74:14

Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

73:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Adam Smith replaces Ryan Crowther.

70:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. John Danby replaces Aaron Chapman because of an injury.

62:39

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

62:39

Matt Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

62:05

Attempt missed. Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

59:58 Booking

Booking Joe Heath (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:50

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

59:50

Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

58:56 Booking

Booking Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:29

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

58:29

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

57:13

Offside, Chester FC. John Rooney tries a through ball, but John Rooney is caught offside.

56:44

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

56:21

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

55:23

Foul by Ross Killock (Chester FC).

55:23

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

54:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 1, FC Halifax Town 0. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

53:02

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

49:20

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47:34

Foul by Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town).

47:34

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Marlon Jackson replaces Simon Lenighan.

45:00

Second Half begins Chester FC 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chester FC 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +1:47

Corner, Chester FC.

43:18

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

43:18

Simon Lenighan (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

42:32

Offside, Chester FC. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

42:07

Attempt saved. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved.

41:31

Corner, Chester FC.

40:23 Dismissal

Dismissal Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

39:57

Foul by Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town).

39:57

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

37:22

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

37:22

James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

35:54

Attempt missed. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:44

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

28:44

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

26:19

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

26:19

Simon Lenighan (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

25:48

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

25:48

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

25:19

Attempt blocked. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:39 Booking

Booking John Rooney (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:19

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

24:19

Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

22:33

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

22:33

Ross Killock (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

20:26

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

20:26

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

20:09

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved.

19:18

Foul by Simon Lenighan (FC Halifax Town).

19:18

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

18:28

Foul by Simon Lenighan (FC Halifax Town).

18:28

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

15:04

Foul by Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town).

15:04

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

14:29

Offside, Chester FC. John Rooney tries a through ball, but John Rooney is caught offside.

14:12

Attempt saved. Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) header from outside the box is saved.

8:34

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

8:34

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

7:51

Foul by Simon Lenighan (FC Halifax Town).

7:51

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

3:12

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

3:12

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

2:26

Corner, Chester FC.

2:06

Attempt saved. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) header from the left side of the box is saved.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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