Another Daniel Udoh double strike gave Gavin Cowan’s Bucks
their fourth win in six games and propelled them to second in the table.
The visitors came into the game off a two-week lay-off, and
they looked ring-rusty as the Bucks took a two-goal lead into the half-time
interval. Home forwards Udoh and Amari Morgan-Smith had the Chester defence at
sixes and sevens, although it was midfielder James McQuilkin who out the Bucks
ahead on 14 minutes. He turned the ball home after keeper Grant Shenton gave the
ball away, saved well from Udoh but then was helpless as the ball was played
across the six-yard box.
On 19 minutes it was 2-0, Udoh given space around the
penalty area to bury a low shot past Shenton’s left hand. Anthony Dudley headed
tamely wide for the visitors, and Alan Mahon snatched at a rare chance,
shooting wide. The Bucks could have extended their lead, Udoh, Morgan-Smith and
Darryl Knights all going close.
Chester responded after the break, forcing a series of
corners but not taking advantage. However, any chance of a comeback died on 76
minutes when, from a quickly-cleared corner, Udoh was sent clear beat Shenton
Former Buck Simon Grand headed a late consolation, but this
was to be a day when the Bucks and their fans raised the roof.Chester: (4-4-2) Shenton, D.Smalley, Pritchard,
Burton, Livesey, (Moran 46), Grand, Mahon (Marsh-Hughes 65), Stopforth, Dudley, Hughes (Thompson 65), Waters.
Unused subs: Howson, Mooney.
Booked: Hughes, Smalley, Burton.