Chester eased their Conference Premier relegation fears with two second-half goals to plunge Tamworth nearer the drop.

After having to rely on a string of saves by keeper Aaron Chapman to stay on level terms, City needed a slice of luck to go ahead on 62 minutes.

Tamworth defender Ben Richards-Everton lucklessly diverted Lewis Turner's low cross into his own net.

Debutant Danny Carlton then scrambled home the clincher five minutes later.

With Aldershot losing at home to Gateshead, Chester are now five points clear of danger, but Tamworth are 10 points adrift of safety.

Chester assistant manager Carl Macauley told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was really important that we got a result tonight. We started off positively and then they had a spell when they kept possession well, but then we finally broke them down.

"Whoever got the first goal would go on to win the game and we got it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Chester

  • 31 Chapman
  • 05 Linwood (Carlton - 52' )
  • 03 Heath
  • 12 Turner
  • 02 Kay
  • 08 Jarrett
  • 21 Mahon (Turner - 79' )
  • 24 Rooney
  • 16 Bond
  • 34 Menagh (Lindfield - 90' )
  • 07 Hobson

Substitutes

  • 01 Danby
  • 15 Turner
  • 11 Lindfield
  • 35 Blake
  • 26 Carlton

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford
  • 06 Richards-Everton
  • 12 Caprice Booked
  • 02 Evans
  • 34 Keane
  • 32 Mahon (Haworth - 82' )
  • 08 Baker (Peniket - 68' )
  • 11 Thornton
  • 07 Kerry
  • 26 Barnes-Homer (Batis-Cande - 76' )
  • 09 Richards

Substitutes

  • 03 Hoban
  • 24 Batis-Cande
  • 18 Woolery
  • 17 Peniket
  • 25 Haworth
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 1,731

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

5 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chester FC 2, Tamworth 0.

90:00 +6:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Tamworth 0.

90:00 +4:48

Foul by Amido Batis-Cande (Tamworth).

90:00 +4:48

Michael Kay (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:58

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

90:00 +1:58

Danny Carlton (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:39

Attempt saved. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

90:00 +1:05

Corner, Tamworth.

89:16 Substitution

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

88:57

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

84:33

Corner, Chester FC.

84:21

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

83:23

Foul by Jordan Keane (Tamworth).

83:23

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

81:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Andy Haworth replaces Gavin Mahon.

79:47

Corner, Chester FC.

78:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Nathan Turner replaces Craig Mahon.

78:39

John Rooney (Chester FC) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left from a direct free kick.

77:29 Booking

Booking Jake Caprice (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:17

Foul by Jake Caprice (Tamworth).

77:17

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Amido Batis-Cande replaces Matthew Barnes-Homer.

72:20

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

71:41

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

71:41

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

70:12

Corner, Chester FC.

69:56

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

67:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Richard Peniket replaces Richard Baker.

66:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 2, Tamworth 0. Danny Carlton (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Kay with a headed pass.

65:36

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

65:36

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

64:43

Offside, Chester FC. Danny Carlton tries a through ball, but Danny Carlton is caught offside.

63:46

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

63:46

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

61:19 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ben Richards-Everton, Tamworth. Chester FC 1, Tamworth 0.

58:03

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

55:19

Offside, Tamworth. Justin Richards tries a through ball, but Justin Richards is caught offside.

51:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Danny Carlton replaces Paul Linwood because of an injury.

50:08

Attempt missed. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

46:42

Corner, Tamworth.

45:55

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

45:55

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Chester FC 0, Tamworth 0.

45:00 +1:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chester FC 0, Tamworth 0.

44:12

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

44:12

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

43:37

Foul by Jordan Keane (Tamworth).

43:37

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

43:05

Corner, Tamworth.

40:47

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

40:27

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

40:17

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

38:58

Foul by Jordan Keane (Tamworth).

38:58

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

38:04

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

38:04

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

36:55

Attempt missed. Kevin Thornton (Tamworth) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

35:04

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

35:04

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

32:42

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

32:42

Justin Richards (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

31:40

Attempt saved. Kevin Thornton (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

31:01

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Tamworth).

31:01

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

30:34

Attempt saved. Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

28:26

Corner, Tamworth.

28:11

Attempt saved. Kevin Thornton (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

26:58

Offside, Tamworth. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

24:48

Corner, Tamworth.

24:19

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

22:45

Offside, Tamworth. Richard Baker tries a through ball, but Richard Baker is caught offside.

19:37

Corner, Chester FC.

19:22

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

18:41

Offside, Tamworth. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

17:39

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

17:39

Richard Baker (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

17:02

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

13:54

Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

13:54

Richard Baker (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

11:21

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

10:50

Hand ball by Justin Richards (Tamworth).

6:26

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

6:26

Jack Evans (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

5:26

Attempt missed. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Rooney.

5:01

Corner, Chester FC.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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