Shaun Harrad's second-half penalty secured victory for Alfreton at the expense of Chester, who remain in Conference Premier relegation trouble.

The home side went close early on when visiting goalkeeper Jon Worsnop went full length to deny Ross Killock.

  • Chester have lost both matches (and failed to score) since loan striker Matty Taylor was recalled to parent club Forest Green Rovers.

But, just a minute after slicing wide of an open goal, John Akinde redeemed himself by earning Alfreton's penalty.

The striker was brought down on 66 minutes by home keeper Aaron Chapman, who was sent the wrong way by Harrad.

Alfreton's victory lifted then briefly to second. But, within an hour of the end of the game, they dropped back down to third when the Conference revealed that they had been deducted three points for fielding an unregistered player in the 3-1 win at Kidderminster Harriers in December.

After a second successive defeat, Steve Burr's Chester slip to 20th, just two points clear of safety, ahead of Tuesday's important home meeting with Merseyside rivals Southport - themselves in trouble near the bottom.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Chester

  • 31 Chapman Booked
  • 05 Linwood
  • 12 Turner
  • 17 Brown
  • 03 Heath
  • 27 Killock (Hobson - 19' )
  • 15 Turner (Menagh - 72' )
  • 24 Rooney
  • 16 Bond
  • 21 Mahon Booked
  • 19 Seddon (Daniels - 76' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hobson
  • 34 Menagh
  • 20 Daniels
  • 25 Bridge
  • 01 Danby

Alfreton Town

  • 15 Worsnop
  • 07 Law
  • 16 Fenton
  • 02 Wood
  • 10 Bradley Booked
  • 05 Wylde Booked (Kempson - 50' )
  • 08 Shaw
  • 25 Jones (Meadows - 57' )
  • 23 Poku
  • 18 Akinde Booked (Clayton - 75' )
  • 24 Harrad Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Meadows
  • 09 Clayton
  • 06 Kempson
  • 20 McFadzean
  • 19 Andrews
Ref: Darren England
Att: 2,042

Match Stats

Shots

3 8

On target

0 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

15 15

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1.

90:00 +2:41

Hand ball by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

90:00 +2:26

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

90:00 +2:26

Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

87:31

Corner, Alfreton Town.

84:22

Offside, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton tries a through ball, but Paul Clayton is caught offside.

81:37 Booking

Booking Brendon Daniels (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:33

Foul by Brendon Daniels (Chester FC).

81:33

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

80:45

Foul by Brendon Daniels (Chester FC).

80:45

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

75:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Brendon Daniels replaces Gareth Seddon.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton replaces John Akinde.

74:15

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

74:15

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

72:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Nathan Turner.

69:52

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

69:52

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

69:21

Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

68:41

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

68:41

Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

67:14

Offside, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad tries a through ball, but Shaun Harrad is caught offside.

66:35

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester FC).

66:35

Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

65:54 Booking

Booking Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 1. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

64:43 Booking

Booking Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:19

Penalty conceded by Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.

64:19

Penalty Alfreton Town. John Akinde draws a foul in the penalty area.

62:19

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) left footed shot misses to the left.

61:38 Booking

Booking Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:29

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

61:29

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

61:01

Corner, Chester FC.

60:20 Booking

Booking Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Danny Meadows replaces Andrai Jones.

56:10

Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:02

Corner, Chester FC.

52:02 Booking

Booking John Akinde (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:52

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

51:52

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

50:43

Attempt missed. Matt Brown (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

50:27

Corner, Chester FC.

49:52

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

48:16

Foul by Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town).

48:16

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

47:46

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

47:46

Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

47:22

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

45:00

Second Half begins Chester FC 0, Alfreton Town 0.

45:00 +6:20 Half time

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

45:00 +5:18

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

45:00 +4:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Darran Kempson replaces Michael Wylde because of an injury.

45:00 +4:10 Booking

Booking Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:21

Foul by Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town).

45:00 +0:21

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

43:39

Corner, Alfreton Town.

41:24

Corner, Chester FC.

39:16

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

39:16

Joe Heath (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

36:40

Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).

36:40

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

35:41

Foul by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

35:41

Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

35:19

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

33:58

Foul by Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town).

33:58

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

32:41

Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

31:43

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

31:43

Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

30:55

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

29:52

Foul by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

29:52

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

26:24

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

26:24

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

24:33

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

24:33

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

23:19

Corner, Chester FC.

22:50

Corner, Chester FC.

22:00

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

22:00

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

20:42

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

20:42

Nathan Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

20:05

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

20:05

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

18:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces Ross Killock because of an injury.

16:57

Hand ball by Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town).

16:18

Corner, Alfreton Town.

14:38

Corner, Chester FC.

13:46

Foul by Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town).

13:46

Matt Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

12:49

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

12:49

Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

7:39

Offside, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad tries a through ball, but Shaun Harrad is caught offside.

6:44

Foul by Michael Wylde (Alfreton Town).

6:44

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

4:57

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

3:29

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

3:29

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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