CHESTER picked up all three points after a very hard-fought victory against a battling Motors side at the Exacta Stadium with goals from Brendan Daniels and Nathan Jarman seeing off the Motormen.
After a very quiet opening to the game, the hosts opened the scoring on 12 minutes. Iain Howard got to the byline on the left flank and his low cross was sent goalwards by Lee Trundle. His effort was kept out by Zac Jones but Brendan Daniels was on hand to fire the ball into the back of the net.
On 32 minutes, the influential Trundle was close to a goal again as his lob from distance sailed just over the crossbar.
Motors had a great opportunity to get back on level terms just before half time. Ashley Stott and Obi Anoruo linked well with the former playing the latter through on goal but his shot was dragged wide of the post.
The visitors began the second period well. Stott’s lob over John Danby was cleared off the line by Paul Linwood, before Danby saved well from Tom Rutter soon after.
On 88 minutes, Chester killed the game off with their second goal. Tony Gray sent over a lovely cross which found substitute Nathan Jarman in the penalty area, who took a touch before rifling the ball past Jones.
Motors kept going and Rutter broke the offside trap but could only find Danby’s legs as Chester took the all-important win as they look to take the title.
Chester: Danby, Baynes, D Williams, Horan, Linwood, A Williams, Daniels (Jarman), Sarcevic, Gray, Trundle (Turner), Howard (McGinn). Subs not used: Collins, M Williams.
Vauxhall: Jones, Wainwright, Barnes, Hannigan (Kocsis), Nicholas, Noone, Mahon, Anoruo (Moss), Rutter, Stott, Clair. Subs not used: Martindale, Ellison.
Motors played FC Halifax Town at home last night. On Saturday, the Motormen make the long trip to Lincolnshire to take on Boston United (3pm kick off).