Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 2.
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.
- 8IsaacSubstituted forMaybanksat 87'minutes
- 5GayleBooked at 30mins
- 23CheekSubstituted forHenshallat 70'minutes
- 20CorneSubstituted forLeeat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 10DurrellSubstituted forJoyceat 86'minutes
- 9AlabiBooked at 36mins
- 11ChapellSubstituted forWatersat 26'minutes
- Adam Bromley
Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 2.
Harry Lee (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Maybanks replaces Chez Isaac.
Substitution, Chester FC. Wade Joyce replaces Elliott Durrell.
Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 2. James Alabi (Chester FC).
Substitution, Braintree Town. Harry Lee replaces Sam Corne.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Henshall replaces Michael Cheek.
Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 1. James Alabi (Chester FC).
Second Half begins Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 0.
First Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 0.
James Alabi (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 0. Jack Midson (Braintree Town).
Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Waters replaces Jordan Chapell.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.