Evo-Stik First Division North
Saturday, April 2
Mossley: Collinge, Weston, G Kay, Watson, Warner (Hall 81), Rowney, McGonigle (Coo 70), M Kay, Oates (Rick 63), Fish, Dennis. Subs: Flint, Constantine.
Booked: McGonigle, Rowney.
Chester: Judge, Aspin, Horan, Ruffer, Stones, Booth, Powell, A Williams (Beck 90), Howard, Wilde (Barnes 69), Simm (Mackreth 88). Subs: Taylor, Wilson.
Sent-off: Howard 19.
Goal: Horan 53.
Referee: Ken Haycock (West Yorkshire).
GEORGE Horan was the hero as Chester overcame the odds.
Hamstrung by Iain Howard’s early dismissal, the 10-man Blues showed immense spirit to return to winning ways through their inspirational captain’s 10th and most important goal of the season.
Ironically the contentious dismissal of midfielder Howard in the 19th minute for a strong challenge on Matt Kay galvanised Neil Young’s men after a slow start.
Michael Wilde, Horan and Michael Powell all had chances before what proved to be the winner arrived in the 53rd minute.
Michael Aspin’s driven free kick into the box found Powell and, although his angled shot was well saved by Collinge, centre-back Horan was on hand to turn in the rebound.
Aspin then cleared substitute Chris Hall’s header off the line, but that was the only time out-of form Mossley threatened an equaliser.
STAR MAN: Ashley Williams.