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Chester 1-0 Macclesfield Town

John Rooney
John Rooney scored five times for Chester last season following his mid-season move from Bury in December

John Rooney struck his first goal of the season as Chester claimed all three points in the Cheshire derby against former landlords Macclesfield Town.

The younger brother of England captain Wayne Rooney struck the only goal with a stunning 13th-minute free-kick after Luke Waterfall's foul on Craig Hobson.

Danny Harrison blew hopes of a second, firing wide before Macc keeper Rhys Taylor saved Hobson's 35-yard chip.

It was a first defeat of the season for Macclesfield, who slip to 12th.

Their best chance came and went when home keeper Jon Worsnop did well to keep out former Chester striker Chris Holroyd's far-post effort.

After a poor start to the campaign, Chester have now climbed three points clear of the Conference drop zone.

Rooney's match-winner, against the club where he started his career, was also particularly satisfying for City boss Steve Burr, who enjoyed a prolific eight seasons with Macclesfield in his own playing days.

Versatile midfielder Callum Morris, who joined Chester from Tranmere in midweek, was an unused substitute for the home side.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worsnop
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 4KayBooked at 56mins
  • 17Harrison
  • 15HallSubstituted forMahonat 69'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 22Heneghan
  • 8James
  • 16McConville
  • 19Hobson


  • 7Mahon
  • 9Iwelumo
  • 13Roberts
  • 18Riley
  • 24Morris


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Taylor
  • 2HallsBooked at 41mins
  • 5Pilkington
  • 4WaterfallBooked at 79mins
  • 3BarrowBooked at 59mins
  • 11MokeSubstituted forHolroydat 43'minutes
  • 8Lewis
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 39mins
  • 19RouseSubstituted forHainingat 80'minutes
  • 10Fairhurst
  • 14Gnahoua


  • 9Holroyd
  • 12Cowan
  • 15Haining
  • 18González Díaz
  • 20Branagan
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Will Haining (Macclesfield Town).

  4. Post update

    Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kingsley James (Chester FC) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Will Haining replaces Domaine Rouse.

  8. Post update

    Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

  9. Post update

    Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  10. Booking

    Luke Waterfall (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Waterfall (Macclesfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

  15. Post update

    George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

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