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Chester 2-1 FC Halifax Town

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.

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."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 31ChapmanSubstituted forDanbyat 71'minutes
  • 3HeathBooked at 60mins
  • 27Killock
  • 17Brown
  • 12Turner
  • 21MahonSubstituted forMenaghat 87'minutes
  • 24RooneyBooked at 25mins
  • 8Jarrett
  • 16BondBooked at 75mins
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forReedat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Seddon

Substitutes

  • 34Menagh
  • 9Mainwaring
  • 5Linwood
  • 7Reed
  • 1Danby

Halifax

  • 1Glennon
  • 22AingeBooked at 59mins
  • 3McManus
  • 20Maynard
  • 29Bolton
  • 15Roberts
  • 18Marshall
  • 28CrowtherSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 27LenighanSubstituted forJacksonat 46'minutes
  • 11Gregory
  • 14WilsonBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 12Senior
  • 31Jackson
  • 16Worthington
  • 7Smith
  • 32Challinor
Referee:
Peter Banks
Attendance:
2,127

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamHalifax
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, FC Halifax Town 1.
Offside, FC Halifax Town. Lee Gregory tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

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.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Reed replaces Matty Taylor.
Foul by Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town).
Matt Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Mahon.
Corner, FC Halifax Town.
Corner, Chester FC.
Corner, Chester FC.
Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).
Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, FC Halifax Town.
Attempt missed. James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).
Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Chester FC.

Booking

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).
Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. John Danby replaces Aaron Chapman because of an injury.
Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).
Matt Brown (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Joe Heath (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).
Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).
Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Offside, Chester FC. John Rooney tries a through ball, but John Rooney is caught offside.
Corner, FC Halifax Town.
Corner, FC Halifax Town.
Foul by Ross Killock (Chester FC).
Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

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.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton2918923863
2Cambridge2916942657
3Alfreton3218212056
4Gateshead3114891150
5Salisbury3115511150
6Nuneaton3214810050
7Grimsby2714761549
8Halifax34139121048
9Kidderminster2914411446
10Barnet301299745
11Macclesfield2913511644
12Wrexham3012612642
13Welling3011910442
14Forest Green27124111340
15Hereford3010911-139
16Lincoln City3210913-639
17Braintree251159838
18Woking3010614-836
19Chester3171014-1831
20Aldershot2911711530
21Tamworth287714-1828
22Southport307716-2128
23Dartford317519-2526
24Hyde United321526-578
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