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ChesterChester1BraintreeBraintree Town0

Chester 1-0 Braintree Town

Braintree's hangover from last season's promotion disappointment continued as they went down at Chester.

The Blues rode their luck early on when Simeon Akinola hit a post for the visitors, but Chester quickly went up the other end to open the scoring.

Elliott Durrell put the pressure on with a series of corners, and from another dangerous one Sam Hughes found space to stab in the only goal of the game.

The same combination nearly provided a second after the break but this time Hughes headed against the woodwork.

Chester's margin of victory could have been more emphatic as goalkeeper Sam Beasant also made a good save from substitute James Alabi.

REACTION: Braintree Town manager Jamie Day speaks to BBC Radio Essex

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Chester

  • 13Roberts
  • 17Vassell
  • 16Hunt
  • 8Shaw
  • 12Hughes
  • 6Astles
  • 10DurrellSubstituted forHorwoodat 74'minutes
  • 21Lloyd
  • 7MahonBooked at 90mins
  • 20AkintundeSubstituted forAlabiat 65'minutes
  • 15RichardsBooked at 81minsSubstituted forJoyceat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 5Hudson
  • 9Alabi
  • 14Joyce
  • 19Waters

Braintree

  • 22Beasant
  • 3OkimoBooked at 13mins
  • 11Braham-Barrett
  • 20Corne
  • 8IsaacBooked at 70mins
  • 6Ashton
  • 15MatthewsSubstituted forBarnardat 14'minutes
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMaybanksat 78'minutes
  • 10Akinola
  • 16Goodship

Substitutes

  • 20Strizovic
  • 2Williams
  • 4Lee
  • 9Barnard
  • 12Maybanks
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
1,590

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Wade Joyce (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Wade Joyce replaces Kane Richards.

  6. Booking

    Kane Richards (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Maybanks replaces Michael Cheek.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Evan Horwood replaces Elliott Durrell.

  9. Booking

    Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. James Alabi replaces James Akintunde.

  11. Second Half

    Second Half begins Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.

  12. Half Time

    First Half ends, Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 1, Braintree Town 0. Sam Hughes (Chester FC).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Sam Matthews.

  15. Booking

    Jerome Okimo (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  17. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dag & Red118032191224
2Forest Green1172221111023
3Lincoln City1171323101322
4Barrow116321713421
5Tranmere11623128420
6Eastleigh115421810819
7Aldershot11542149519
8Dover116141816219
9Macclesfield106041611518
10Gateshead115242011917
11Boreham Wood11452148617
12Sutton United115151213-116
13Maidstone United114341415-115
14Wrexham10433912-315
15Chester114251615114
16Torquay114161115-413
17York113351416-212
18Solihull Moors113351320-712
19Woking113261621-511
20Bromley113261217-511
21North Ferriby United11317619-1310
22Braintree112361017-79
23Southport11137827-196
24Guiseley110381022-123
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