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WATCH: Steve Burr speaks after Chester FC beat Kidderminster Harriers 1-0

Blues manager praises 'outstanding' Craig Mahon after his goal secures win over play-off hopefuls

Steve Burr wants Chester FC to use the 1-0 win over Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday as a springboard to cement a place in the top half of the Vanarama Conference.

Craig Mahon’s sublime 30th minute curler settled a quality game that saw two teams intent on attacking football going toe-to-toe .

Chester dictated the first-half and should have gone in with more than just Mahon’s goal to show but the break gave the Harriers chance to regroup and it was a different story in the second period.

Ben Heneghan, a third minute replacement for the unfortunate Matty Brown, and Michael Kay were magnificent in defence and Jon Worsnop was in no mood to be beaten, making two incredible late saves to send the Harriers home empty-handed.

“I had some special times at Kiddy and I’m not one to gloat about the fact we’ve beat them because I’m not like that,” said Burr afterwards.

“It’s nice to get the three points and I suppose obviously it’s  nice to beat your old club but I was just pleased that out of the two games we’ve took four points off a side who are going for promotion through the play-offs and trying to get into the Football League.

“That was pleasing but that’s where we want to be and where I want to get this club to in time.”

Aside from the early loss of captain Brown to a hamstring problem, the opening 45 minutes went pretty much according to plan for Burr, whose team created a flurry of chances.

Sean McConville, Matty Hughes and John Rooney forced Harriers keeper Danny Lewis into saves, and Oliver McBurnie had a strong case for a penalty.

Mahon got the breakthrough on the half hour mark, creating just enough space to curl a sweet shot into the back of the net from outside the box.

Kidderminster’s improvement in the second period was significant and the longer the half went on, the more threatening the visitors became. Danny Wright, who had been a target for Chester, came closest when his header bounced past the post with Worsnop beaten.

As full-time closed, Kidderminster committed more bodies forward and Worsnop had to be at his best to stop James Tunnicliffe and then Wright earning them a point.

Chester entertain Lincoln City on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Burr was delighted to be heading into that game with three points, reserving special praise for Mahon, Heneghan and Worsnop.

“It was a quality goal and I thought Craig had an outstanding game for us and was a threat,” said Burr.

“I thought we did well first-half and obviously there was one or two new lads going into the side. Second-half I thought they put us under a bit of pressure but we knew they would do because they wouldn’t be near the top for no reason.

“Defensively we did well in the second-half, I just wanted maybe a little bit more composure on the ball to calm us down a bit but obviously the last couple of games at home have been poor for us and it was pleasing to build on what we did at Southport last week and get the win.

"Ben's been waiting for that moment and I said to him 'look you've been waiting for this, you came here as a centre half so go and grab it' and he certainly did that. I was delighted with both him and Michael at the centre of defence, they did very well.

"Jon's pulled off two great saves to deny Kidderminster but he's done well all season and I'm pleased but that's what he's there for at the end of the day to do that for us."


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