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Chester City 2 Telford United 2

GORDON Hill was furious as Chester threw away a two-goal lead, but it was great stuff for the club's lowest-ever league attendance.

Chester City's Sam Hill in aerial action during the match against Telford

GORDON Hill was furious as Chester threw away a two-goal lead, but it was great stuff for the club's lowest-ever league attendance.

Only 605 spectators went through the turnstiles at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday and around 100 of those were from Shropshire, but as the boycott bites deeper the entertainment gets better.

City's director of football promised attacking football and his team certainly delivered in this match, but their generosity in defence will have given him nightmares.

'We should have had three points and Telford have gone home with one,' he said.

'I am not happy about giving away goals and we should have had the ball in the net more often.'City looked set for a second home victory when Scott Ruscoe scored the second goal on the hour, but when United replied only four minutes later it was the sign of things to come.

Telford piled everything into attack in a bid to save the game and when they did you could only admire them for their tenacity, not withstanding Chester's slackness in defence.

Chester were well in command in the first half with Dean Spink leading from the front in fine style, capping a commendable performance by firing home after Mark Beesley's shot had been blocked by Ryan Price in the 19th minute.

Although Telford played some enterprising football they lacked the cutting edge and the City defence rarely looked like conceding.

And when Ruscoe fired in from close range after Beesley and Spink had done the spadework on 60 minutes it looked all over bar the shouting.

Telford had other ideas, though, and they were back in it when Kevin Davies beat Brown with a diving header from Mark Quayle's cross.

With Chester suddenly looking vulnerable down the right an equaliser was on the cards, but not until Lee Fowler had foiled Ruscoe with a goal-line clearance.

The second Telford goal arrived with four minutes left as Edwards blasted home after Brown had done well to block his first attempt.

Chester: Brown, S Rose, Woodyatt, Porter, Ruffer, Lancaster, Hill (Wright 75), Kerr, Spink, Beesley, Ruscoe. Subs: Haarhoff, Blackburn, Potter, Bertocchi.

Booked: Porter, Kerr.

Telford: Price, Davies, Hanmer, Moore, Albrighton, Fowler, Scott, Jobling, Quayle, J Edwards, Palmer. Subs: Fitzpatrick, P Edwards, Crowe, Preece, King.

Referee: S Brand.

Attendance: 605.


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