Chester came from a goal behind to defeat high-flying Aldershot Town 2-1 at the EBB Stadium.
The Blues had struggled so far this season and came into the game in 21st place, drawing three and losing once. The Shots were clear favourites, having won three games, drawn one and lost one.
Town came out of the blocks the quickest, striking the bar after just three minutes from a James Rowe free kick. As little as ten minutes later, Aldershot struck the woodwork again. Matt McClure found Taylor in space, whose left-footed strike crashed against the post.
On 28 minutes, Aldershot were again denied by the woodwork. This time James Rowe struck the underside of the crossbar, sparking a reaction from the home fans that was quickly withdrawn.
Eventually, Aldershot did find the net, Matt McClure beating the offside trap to slot past Conor Mitchell in the Blues net on 34 minutes. Aldershot’s dominance had paid off.
Many of the 118 traveling Blues booed the side into the tunnel at the break, while a few were also calling for manager Jon McCarthy’s resignation. It was one of, if not, the worst first half performances since the 5-2 loss to Sutton in late-April.
As the second-half began, Chester were fast out of the blocks. James Akintunde, Chester’s last remaining fit Striker went off with a hamstring injury, meaning that Lucas Dawson moved into the lone forward position.
Dawson was quickly involved as Craig Mahon was brought down in the Aldershot box, a penalty awarded to the Blues. Dawson was entrusted with taking the spot kick and he found the bottom right corner with ease. Game on.
Chester were briefly on top. Lucas Dawson delivered a corner ball that just needed the slightest touch to find the back of the net. However, it was The Shots who were back on the front foot, although a flurry of consecutive corners were not enough to put Town back into the lead.
With 20 minutes remaining, The Blues appealed for a handball in the Aldershot box as Kingsley James’ effort was blocked.
Then, on 82 minutes, Kingsley James did find the net. Jordan Chappell broke down the right wing, and his lofted shot hit the top of the crossbar. Just a minute later, Chappell shot again before James tapped the rebound into the open net to give the away side a 2-1 lead.
Aldershot attempted to fight back in the remaining minutes. Goalkeeper Cole was playing the role of target man as another flurry of corners were delivered. However, it wasn’t enough, and The Blues escaped with their first three points of the season.
Attendance: 2056 (118 Chester fans)