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Braintree Town 1-2 Chester

James Alabi hit a brace as Chester got back to winning ways with a 2-1 National League win at Braintree.

Braintree took the lead after half an hour when Kris Twardek was given far much time to get a cross in and, after Luke George had miscontrolled that delivery, Jack Midson powered home a header.

Chester got back into the game in the 61st minute after Kane Richards did brilliantly out on the right and sent over a cross, and Alabi reacted quickest to get in front of goalkeeper Sam Beasant to head home.

Tom Shaw then saw a shot deflected over the crossbar before Chester snatched it six minutes from time when Shaw burst through and squared the ball for Alabi to slam home.

Chester midfielder Ryan Lloyd was making his first appearance since tying up a new loan deal for the rest of the season from League One side Port Vale.

Lloyd's former Chester boss Steve Burr, now manager at Southport, had made an offer to take him to Haig Avenue when Lloyd's existing loan ran out on 2 January, but he instead opted to remain at Bumpers Lane.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 22Beasant
  • 27Clohessy
  • 29Parry
  • 8IsaacSubstituted forMaybanksat 87'minutes
  • 3Okimo
  • 26Twardek
  • 5GayleBooked at 30mins
  • 7Midson
  • 23CheekSubstituted forHenshallat 70'minutes
  • 9Barnard
  • 20CorneSubstituted forLeeat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Lee
  • 12Maybanks
  • 15Henshall
  • 18Goodman
  • 33McNamara

Chester

  • 1Lynch
  • 4George
  • 3Horwood
  • 10DurrellSubstituted forJoyceat 86'minutes
  • 5Hudson
  • 8Shaw
  • 6Astles
  • 21Lloyd
  • 9AlabiBooked at 36mins
  • 15Richards
  • 11ChapellSubstituted forWatersat 26'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Roberts
  • 14Joyce
  • 18Evans
  • 19Waters
  • 22Marsh
Referee:
Adam Bromley
Attendance:
707

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 2.

Booking

Harry Lee (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Maybanks replaces Chez Isaac.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Wade Joyce replaces Elliott Durrell.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 2. James Alabi (Chester FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Harry Lee replaces Sam Corne.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Henshall replaces Michael Cheek.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 1. James Alabi (Chester FC).

Second Half

Second Half begins Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 0.

Half Time

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

Booking

James Alabi (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 0. Jack Midson (Braintree Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Waters replaces Jordan Chapell.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City26174555262955
2Tranmere27165638221653
3Forest Green27157556322452
4Dag & Red28164847311652
5Dover27154857411649
6Barrow251210341241746
7Aldershot2813693628845
8Gateshead28119845291642
9Chester28119844341042
10Boreham Wood2811893025541
11Macclesfield25124936261040
12Eastleigh2610974033739
13Bromley28115123541-638
14Sutton United26105113034-435
15Wrexham2898112636-1035
16Solihull Moors2796123845-733
17Torquay2786133038-830
18Braintree2776143048-1827
19Southport2776143356-2327
20Maidstone United2875163153-2226
21Guiseley2867153245-1325
22Woking2766153852-1424
23North Ferriby United2873181442-2824
24York28410142546-2122
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