Match Report: Hyde FC 1 Chester FC 2

CHESTER lifted themselves up to 21st in the table after a priceless win over bottom side Hyde FC.

Craig Lindfield, seen here against Cambridge, scored Chester's equaliser. Photo: Flickr/leaderliversport

Craig Lindfield, seen here against Cambridge, scored Chester’s equaliser. Photo: Flickr/leaderliversport

In a less than classic game, Hyde took the lead  after just three minutes when Louis Almond controlled a long pass and curled his shot past goalkeeper John Danby from the edge of the area.

The home team should have doubled their lead 26 minutes later when Scott Spencer seized on a defensive mistake to go one on one with keeper Danby only to fire his shot wide of the right post.

Almond then wasted his chance for a second when he wasted a chance on 35 minutes, firing wide from 10 yards out.

Those missed chances would prove pivotal as the Blues levelled four minutes before half times thanks to Craig Lindfield. Craig Mahon whipped in a cross from the left touchline and found Lindfield who headed past opposition keeper Vigouroux for his first goal of the season.

It would be provider turned goal scorer as Mahon then turned up with the winner two minutes into the second half. Chester broke down the right, and the winger found himself with time and space on the edge of the area before firing the ball into the net.

Chester were now full on confidence and had chances to add to their lead with an effort from Lindfield leading to a chance for Lewis Turner whose drive went over.

Hyde however would not give up without a fight, but failed to carve out any real openings with Spencer’s poor free kick in a promising area being lashed out of the ground. Chester goalkeeper Danby was also forced into saves from Adam Griffin when the home side pressed for an equaliser.

Blues boss Young decided changes were needed and replaced Wilkinson with Gareth Seddon and Mahon with Joe Heath. Striker Almond would have another chance on 78 minutes but was again denied by Danby, as was Griffin with a curling free kick.

The last chance of the game fell to Chester as Chris Lester had a chance to seal the win for the Blues on 89 minutes but his shot was blocked. However, unlike against Aldershot the week before, the three points would be going to Chester.

Chester Intelligencer reporter, Sean Lunt

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