Matty Taylor hit a hat-trick as Chester held on to win a classic seven-goal Conference Premier relegation battle.

Taylor struck his first two either side of John Rooney's stunning 25-yarder as City scored three times in 10 first half minutes.

Matt Godden pulled one back for the Lambs just before the break.

Taylor's third should have settled it, but Tamworth fought back, Godden netting a second before Richard Peniket's late goal.

Tamworth should have led when the unmarked Godden blazed over Nick Chadwick's low cross from 10 yards.

  • Chester have now won four times in eight matches since Steve Burr took over on 18 January. Prior to that, they had managed just four wins in their first 25 games of the season.
  • Matty Taylor has netted five goals in as many games since being signed on loan from Forest Green Rovers for the rest of the season on January deadline day.

Chester made them pay when Rooney set up Taylor's 23rd-minute opener.

Rooney then curled home a fine left-foot strike before Gareth Seddon flicked on for Taylor to make it 3-0.

Godden atoned for his earlier miss when he touched home from six yards.

But Taylor restored Chester's three-goal lead when he drilled home following an exquisite lofted pass from the artful Rooney.

Tamworth substitute Jesse Reindorf's late introduction fired up the home side, who netted through Godden and a drilled low shot from Peniket, but Chester held on to climb two points clear of trouble.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Sport:

"It's a massive three points. Some of the stuff we played tonight was excellent.

"We knew they'd bombard us. They're in the same position as us and I thought it would be tough and the big lad (Reindorf) caused us some problems when he came on.

"But really I thought we might have scored more goals. Matty Taylor took his goals well, while John Rooney's was superb and he was close with a couple of other efforts."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford
  • 02 Evans
  • 04 Townsend (Todd - 38' )
  • 06 Richards-Everton
  • 34 Keane
  • 24 Fenton Booked
  • 32 Mahon Booked
  • 29 Hildreth Booked (Reindorf - 71' Booked )
  • 17 Peniket
  • 14 Godden
  • 28 Chadwick (Haworth - 15' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Haworth
  • 27 Baker-Richardson
  • 20 Todd
  • 05 Reindorf
  • 07 Kerry

Chester

  • 31 Chapman
  • 17 Brown
  • 12 Turner
  • 27 Killock
  • 05 Linwood
  • 24 Rooney
  • 21 Mahon (Menagh - 70' )
  • 16 Bond
  • 08 Jarrett
  • 19 Seddon
  • 10 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 01 Danby
  • 09 Mainwaring
  • 34 Menagh
  • 20 Daniels
  • 11 Lindfield
Ref: Darren Handley
Att: 1,036

Match Stats

Shots

11 16

On target

6 8

Corners

0 0

Fouls

15 7

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4.

90:00 +5:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4.

90:00 +4:53

Foul by Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth).

90:00 +4:53

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

90:00 +3:31

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

90:00 +1:14

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

90:00 +0:10

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

90:00 +0:10

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

89:34

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

89:34

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

88:37

Corner, Tamworth.

87:33

Foul by Matty Taylor (Chester FC).

87:33

Jordan Keane (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

86:58

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

86:58

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

85:41 Booking

Booking Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:29

Foul by Jessy Reindorf (Tamworth).

85:29

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

81:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 3, Chester FC 4. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessy Reindorf.

76:22

Attempt saved. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

74:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 2, Chester FC 4. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Gavin Mahon with a headed pass.

73:45

Corner, Tamworth.

73:33

Attempt saved. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

72:50

Attempt missed. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

71:48 Booking

Booking Kieran Fenton (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:37

Foul by Kieran Fenton (Tamworth).

71:37

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

70:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Jessy Reindorf replaces Lee Hildreth.

70:37

Attempt missed. Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

69:23 Substitution

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

68:40

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

68:40

Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

62:49

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

62:49

Andy Haworth (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

61:40

Attempt missed. Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

59:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 1, Chester FC 4. Matty Taylor (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Rooney.

58:13

Hand ball by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

57:10

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Chester FC) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by John Rooney.

56:40

Corner, Chester FC.

54:43

Foul by Andy Haworth (Tamworth).

54:43

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

54:12

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

54:12

Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

53:24

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

51:57

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

51:38

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

50:49 Booking

Booking Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:23

Foul by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

50:23

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

48:09

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

48:09

Kieran Fenton (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

46:13 Booking

Booking Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:49

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

45:49

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

45:20

Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).

45:20

Andy Haworth (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Tamworth 1, Chester FC 3.

45:00 +4:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tamworth 1, Chester FC 3.

45:00 +4:06

Foul by Andy Haworth (Tamworth).

45:00 +4:06

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

45:00 +3:06

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

45:00 +2:55

Foul by Andy Haworth (Tamworth).

45:00 +2:55

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

45:00 +1:35

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

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

45:00 +1:07

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

44:09

Corner, Tamworth.

43:19

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

42:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 1, Chester FC 3. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Andy Todd.

40:50

Attempt blocked. Andy Todd (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:17

Attempt saved. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

38:55

Corner, Chester FC.

37:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Andy Todd replaces Michael Townsend because of an injury.

36:22

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

35:51

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

34:26

Attempt missed. Ross Killock (Chester FC) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

34:00

Corner, Chester FC.

32:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 0, Chester FC 3. Matty Taylor (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Seddon with a headed pass.

32:15

Offside, Tamworth. Jordan Keane tries a through ball, but Jordan Keane is caught offside.

31:41

Corner, Tamworth.

31:21

Attempt saved. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

29:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 0, Chester FC 2. John Rooney (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Turner.

22:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 0, Chester FC 1. Matty Taylor (Chester FC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Rooney.

22:26

Corner, Chester FC.

22:09

Attempt blocked. Matt Brown (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Rooney.

21:25

Corner, Chester FC.

18:15

Offside, Tamworth. Matthew Godden tries a through ball, but Matthew Godden is caught offside.

18:00

Hand ball by Matty Taylor (Chester FC).

17:19

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

16:56

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

14:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Andy Haworth replaces Nick Chadwick because of an injury.

9:40

Attempt missed. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

7:28

Foul by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

7:28

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

2:07

Foul by Michael Townsend (Tamworth).

2:07

Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

1:03

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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