Match ends, Southport 0, Chester FC 1.
A gritty win at Southport ended Chester's six-match winless run.
The Blues made the early running as Evan Horwood found Tom Shaw with a cute pass and the midfielder struck the post.
Most of the first-half efforts were restricted to long range, and Shaw also tested the grip on Magnus Norman's gloves.
It looked like stalemate was setting in as the second half progressed, but Chester goalkeeper Alex Lynch picked out Horwood with a long kick and the defender lobbed Norman brilliantly to put the visitors ahead.
The Sandgrounders roared back strongly, but were desperately unlucky as Liam Hynes and Jim Stevenson both struck the woodwork.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 4NolanSubstituted forMcKennaat 70'minutes
- 10HynesBooked at 80mins
- 21MeikleSubstituted forGrimesat 84'minutes
- 12JonesSubstituted forAlmondat 70'minutes
- 4GeorgeSubstituted forVassellat 46'minutes
- 8ShawBooked at 52minsSubstituted forDurrellat 55'minutes
- 3HorwoodSubstituted forMahonat 84'minutes
- Martin Coy
Second Half ends, Southport 0, Chester FC 1.
Substitution, Southport. Ashley Grimes replaces Lindon Meikle.
Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Evan Horwood.
Liam Hynes (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Southport. Ben McKenna replaces Liam Nolan.
Substitution, Southport. Louis Almond replaces Andrai Jones.
Goal! Southport 0, Chester FC 1. Evan Horwood (Chester FC).
Substitution, Chester FC. Elliott Durrell replaces Tom Shaw.
Tom Shaw (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Chester FC. Theo Vassell replaces Luke George.
Second Half begins Southport 0, Chester FC 0.
First Half ends, Southport 0, Chester FC 0.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.