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Chester City 0, Dagenham & Redbridge 1

CHESTER CITY'S manager Gordon Hill refused to be downhearted after his team failed to record a victory for the seventh consecutive match on Saturday.

CHESTER CITY'S manager Gordon Hill refused to be downhearted after his team failed to record a victory for the seventh consecutive match on Saturday.

"Lady luck is not on our side. It's a case of not putting the ball into the back of the net," reflected Hill.

The ex-Manchester United player continued: "We play football all the time, but if you don't put the ball in the net, you don't win."

Mr Hill's simplistic explanation of his team's shortcomings appears to be lost on the ever-dwindling City supporters, who for the second successive match jeered as the

Chester have now lost their last three league matches, as well as failing to register a victory in seven games.

Ironically, City's first-half performance on Saturday against the league leaders was a vast improvement on their previous outing the previous Tuesday at Leigh RMI, but unfortunately the improvement waned in the second period.

The all-important goal came after 70 minutes. Steve Heffer and Mark Janner linked well down the right before setting former Chelsea and Stoke City player Mark Stein up to score with an angled effort from 15 yards.

After the goal Chester pushed forward trying to salvage something from the game, but it was a belated effort.

Roberts was down well to save a low effort from Beasley, and in injury time the same player was unlucky when he just failed to connect with a low cross from Ruscoe with the goal gaping.

Tonight at the Royal Mail Club in Chester, there is an open meeting for all fans, when the current situation at the club will be discussed, starting at 7.30pm.

CHESTER CITY: Brown, Lancaster, M Rose, Porter, Ruffer, Linighan (Woodyat 87), Hill (Kilgannon 74), Blackburn, McNiven (Ruscoe 63), Beesley, Kerr. Subs: Roberts, S Rose.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE: Roberts, Heffer, Victors, Hill (Forbes 78), Smith, Broom, Janner, Terry (Brennon 46), Shipp (Lock 50), Stein, Jones. Subs: Hayzelden, Gothard.

 

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