Lions Unable To Recover From First Half At Chester


The Lions couldn’t recover after a strong first half performance from Chester who struck early on before adding a third in the second 45 in this top of the table clash. 

Aaron Martin pulled one back in the 81st minute for his 11th goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to get anything from the trip to Cheshire.

Akwasi Asante opened the scoring for the hosts just two minutes in at The Deva Stadium, the striker couldn’t miss from two yards out to continue his impressive start to the season.

The Blues’ dominance told on the half hour mark when Asante slotted past birthday boy and Lions debutant Lloyd Allinson from the spot after Jamie Spencer tripped Jamie Morgan on the edge of the area.

Asante also saw his effort cannon off of the post after a fierce shot five minutes earlier with Allinson helpless.

With Andrai Jones introduced at the start of the second half for his Lions debut the visitors nearly halved the deficit in the first minute, Brad Nicholson’s corner found Martin but his effort went over, it was a golden opportunity.

Then with an hour gone another chance was missed when captain Scott Garner’s effort somehow flew over, the defender given the chance after Blues keeper Russ Griffiths spilt a cross.

Former Lion Anthony Dudley was celebrating with 72 minutes gone, he picked up the loose ball after a mix up at the back and curled past Allinson to seal their win, the striker held off the attentions of Garner and Bencherif before slotting it home.

Just nine minutes later though and Martin got his goal, substitute Gabriel Johson’s corner found his former Brighouse teammate who powered the ball past Griffiths and in. A deserved strike for the visitors which set up an interesting final ten minutes.

In truth though those minutes belonged to Allinson who made two stunning stops to deny the hosts from extending their lead, firstly he somehow got down to deny George Waring who looked certain to score but for the gloves of the former FC United of Manchester man. In added time Dudley unleashed a powerful effort which once again Allinson not only saved but pushed away from danger.

Attendance: 1989


  1. Lloyd Allinson
  2. Reiss McNally
  3. Brad Nicholson (79′ Johnson)
  4. Dylan Barkers
  5. Hamza Bencherif
  6. Scott Garner
  7. Lee Shaw
  8. Jamie Spencer (60′ Starcenko)
  9. Aaron Martin ⚽ 81′
  10. Kaine Felix
  11. George Cantrill (46′ Jones)


12. Andrai Jones (Cantrill 46′), 14. Gabriel Johnson (Nicholson 79′), 15. Kennedy Digie, 16. Sam Scrivens and 17. Aleks Starcenko (Spencer 60′)