Chester have beaten high-flying Maidenhead United 2-0, in Marcus Bignot’s first game as manager.
This is the Blues’ first home win of the year, after 17 failed attempts since defeating Aldershot in mid-December.
Centre-back Ryan Astles opened the scoring for the Blues after forward James’s Akintunde cut the ball back for a tidy finish.
Chester doubled their lead in the second half, from the penalty spot. A handball in a goalmouth scramble allowed Ross Hannah to slam home.
Marcus Bignot, who led his team out for the first team, was met with a warm welcome by the Blues faithful.
And it was the Blues that struck first, a free kick on the edge of the box fell to Akintunde, who squared the ball to Astles, who gave Chester the lead.
The Blues rallied and had two fantastic opportunities – first, Pentney pushed away another Akintunde cut back. Then Akintunde was back in the thick of the action, outmuscling his man and squaring the ball for Hannah, who fired narrowly over.
As well as Akintunde, full-back Lathaniel Rowe-Turner also put in a shift, running the length of a line and crossing the ball for Kingsley James, whose shot was cleared off the line.
Chester didn’t allow the visitors a look-in throughout the first half and went into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead.
Maidenhead started the second half slightly brighter, Pritchard’s whipped free-kick collected well by ‘keeper Alex Lynch.
Chester’s run of cutting the ball back, clearly one of Bignot’s favoured tactics, continued as Akintunde, once again, delivered the ball into the box but Craig Mahon’s shot was blocked superbly.
Then, after a goalmouth scramble, the ball bounced off the outstretched arm of a Maidenhead defender and the Blues were awarded a penalty.
Ross Hannah stepped up and slotted the ball superbly to his left – the Blues were finally heading for a home win at the 18th attempt!
Chester’s dominance continued as the hosts had two more efforts that were narrowly wide of the mark. Lastly, an ambitious Maidenhead effort was centimeters from the top corner of the net.
But that was all she wrote, as the Blues successfully recorded their second win of the season and their first at home since December.
Marcus Bignot’s side applauded the fantastic Chester support at the whistle, as the Blues go into their away tie at Eastleigh with positivity.
Attendance – 1,839