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Macclesfield Town 3-2 Chester

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 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."

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1R Taylor
  • 3AndrewBooked at 86mins
  • 12Williams
  • 4MartinSubstituted forHallsat 7'minutes
  • 25Kay
  • 23Whitaker
  • 7Mackreth
  • 2Connor
  • 19BodenSubstituted forFairhurstat 86'minutes
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forLewisat 90'minutes
  • 11Winn

Substitutes

  • 24Rowe
  • 8Fairhurst
  • 14Gnahoua
  • 26Halls
  • 15Lewis

Chester

  • 1Danby
  • 5Linwood
  • 3Heath
  • 4HoranSubstituted forKayat 60'minutes
  • 12Turner
  • 16Bond
  • 8JarrettBooked at 6minsSubstituted forMahonat 46'minutes
  • 24Rooney
  • 19Seddon
  • 7ReedSubstituted forMainwaringat 60'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 21Mahon
  • 13Fearon
  • 2Kay
  • 25Miller
  • 9Mainwaring
Referee:
Paul Rees

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamChester
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 3, Chester FC 2.
Offside, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis tries a through ball, but Paul Lewis is caught offside.
Corner, Macclesfield Town.
Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).
Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney.
Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).
Matty Taylor (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Chris Holroyd.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Waide Fairhurst replaces Scott Boden.

Booking

Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).
John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Matty Mainwaring (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Corner, Chester FC.
Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.
Foul by Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town).
Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Foul by Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town).
Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Chester FC.
Offside, Macclesfield Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Turner (Chester FC) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).
John Danby (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Macclesfield Town.
Attempt blocked. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Mackreth.
Corner, Macclesfield Town.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Mainwaring replaces Jamie Reed.
Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).
Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Macclesfield Town.
Attempt blocked. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
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