Chester FC 3 Nuneaton Town 3
Saturday 1st March 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
This will be a case of two points lost for Nuneaton Town this afternoon.
The game changed in the eighth minute when the home side were reduced to ten men after a dangerous challenge from midfielder Jason Jarrett.
The experienced midfielder looked like he won the ball in a tackle with Adam Walker, but he took the man as well in a high and out of control sliding challenge.
That did not hold the home side back though as less than ten minutes later they were ahead.
Lewis Turner was allowed too much room by Theo Streete out wide, and he capitalised from it by whipping in a low cross into the box.
John Rooney was the beneficiary of the cross as he was completely unmarked in the penalty area and smashed the ball in off the far post to break the deadlock.
Chester simply dominated the Boro after the goal and in terms of possession alone they deserved to double their lead in the minutes that followed.
They were made to pay for not turning the screw though as Nuneaton came back with aplomb on the half hour mark.
Wes York looked like he was without an option on the right wing by the corner flag, but he dug out a superb lofted cross with Louis Moult rising highest at the far post to head home.
It was the first chance that the visitors had really mustered in a poor opening to the match for Kev Wilkins men.
Parity was enjoyed for just four minutes for the visitors though, as Chester once again took the game to play-off chasing Boro.
Nuneaton could not live with the home side and defensively they were getting caught out time after time.
The second goal came from a defensive lapse as a deflection off the far post, from a Craig Mahon cross, found Matty Taylor.
The former Forest Green man slid the ball home into an empty net with the Boro defence static around him.
If Nuneaton were bad at the back, their hosts were equally inept.
Somehow they allowed the Boro to go in level at the break.
Once again a ball into the box was the undoing for Chester as Moult turned provider this time.
He crossed for strike partner Andy Brown who headed home easily past Aaron Chapman from six-yards out.
That goal was the perfect end to an entertaining first half and also the last chance for the fans to see any action until way into the second period.
The two teams came out after the break and served up a much tamer affair. That was until the home side re-took the lead with 20 minutes to go.
The Boro defence had been out of sorts all afternoon and they were found wanting again in the 71st minute.
A corner was not cleared in any fashion and that allowed Ross Killock the chance to bury the ball from 12-yards out through the crowded area.
If the first half taught the Boro one thing though, it was that there were goals to be had at the other end but they left it late to grab one.
Brown had already netted late on in one half, and he did the same in the second.
It was the turn of the home side to not clear a corner and Brown was on hand to smash home from six yards out.