National League

Chester 1-0 Gateshead

John Rooney's goal handed Chester all three points against high-flying 10-man Gateshead, to lift them to 14th in the Conference table.

Alex Rodman and Matty Pattison both forced Chester's Jon Worsnop into two smart saves early into proceedings.

Rooney settled the game midway through the second half when he slotted the ball into the bottom corner from range.

Gateshead finished the match a man down after James Curtis was dismissed following a foul on Josh O'Keefe.

Rooney's winning goal, on the same day brother Wayne won his 100th England cap, sealed a fine day for the Rooney family.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a great finish, and that's what he (Rooney) is capable of. I'm really delighted with the three points.

"We didn't get what we deserved on Tuesday and I think these (Gateshead) are the best side we've seen this season.

"We had to do things tactically at half-time to nullify their three in the middle and I thought it worked very well for us.

"We've got a lot of hard work ahead of us, it's about getting stronger and improving and I think we're doing that."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worsnop
  • 22Heneghan
  • 5BrownBooked at 71mins
  • 6CharnockSubstituted forKayat 90+3'minutes
  • 3Roberts
  • 8James
  • 10Rooney
  • 7Mahon
  • 19HobsonSubstituted forTourayat 46'minutes
  • 12O'Keefe
  • 9Oates


  • 4Kay
  • 13Roberts
  • 14Menagh
  • 21Peers
  • 25Touray


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bartlett
  • 12RamshawSubstituted forHeardmanat 66'minutes
  • 5CurtisBooked at 90mins
  • 6Clark
  • 21Anderton
  • 7OsterSubstituted forFinniganat 71'minutes
  • 16Baxter
  • 8Turnbull
  • 23Rodman
  • 25PattisonBooked at 41mins
  • 29WrightSubstituted forShawat 76'minutes


  • 2Jones
  • 9Shaw
  • 11Finnigan
  • 19Rankine
  • 22Heardman
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Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamGateshead
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 1, Gateshead 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 1, Gateshead 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jon Shaw (Gateshead).

  4. Post update

    Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Michael Kay replaces Kieran Charnock because of an injury.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to James Curtis (Gateshead) for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Curtis (Gateshead).

  8. Post update

    Josh O'Keefe (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jon Shaw (Gateshead) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  11. Post update

    Carl Finnigan (Gateshead) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the box.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nick Anderton (Gateshead).

  13. Post update

    Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matty Pattison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    Alex Rodman (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Gateshead. Jon Shaw replaces Daniel Wright.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

  19. Post update

    Daniel Wright (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Gateshead. Carl Finnigan replaces John Oster.

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