Asante winner keeps City top
Posted on 1st November 2020 at 09:45
Akwasi Asante scored a late winner as Gloucester City defeated Chester FC 2-1 to maintain their position at the top of the National League North.
City captain Liam Daly opened the scoring early in the second half with a towering header from a Gavin Gunning free kick. Chester equalised with just five minutes left to play as substitute Anthony Dudley latched onto a loose ball and fired into the net.
The late drama was not over as former Chester forward Asante fired in the winner with just two minutes left to play to maintain City’s perfect start.
City made their return to National League North action against Chester after a two week break due to a positive Coronavirus test in the Gateshead squad. James Rowe made just one change from the side that defeated Blyth Spartans 6-1 in the league with Louie Mouldon coming in to replace Rhys Lovett.
City dominated the early exchanges and a number of George Carline’s long throw-ins put the Chester backline under some early pressure.
The City pressure continued, and Matt McClure came close to opening the scoring in the tenth minute, but the Chester keeper was equal to his low driven effort. Chester began to look dangerous on the break as City pressed for a goal and Danny Elliot had a chance to open the scoring in the 20 th minute.
One of the leagues top-scorers raced through on goal, but Ben Morgan tracked his run and blocked his curling effort. Asante then went close to scoring against his former team five minutes later after he was found free on the edge of the box by Alex Whittle. City’s number nine fired a powerful effort towards goal, but Chester were back in numbers and were able to block and scramble clear.
Chester fashioned the best chance of the half in the 45 th minute as John Johnson found himself free in the box but his volleyed effort sailed just wide of Mouden’s post. City then created a great chance of their own just before the break as Carline found space down the right and picked a perfect cross for Morgan at the back post. The City centre half rose highest to head on goal but Gray was down quickly to save and keep the game goalless at half-time.
In the second half, Elliot continued to be a threat to the City back-line and the Chester striker was denied a clear cut opportunity by a superbly timed Daly tackle in the 50th minute. Chester had started the second half brightly, but it was City who opened the scoring in the 58th minute through a towering Daly header. Kevin Dawson smartly won a free kick besides the corner flag and Gavin Gunning whipped in a perfect cross for the City captain to head past the helpless Chester keeper.
The Seals responded well to the opener and Declan Weeks came close to levelling just two minutes later with a speculative long-ranged effort. The Chester midfielder let fly from 30 years but Mouldon was equal to his strike and City remained in the lead. Chester had a number of half-chances as the game moved into the last ten minutes, but the City defence remained resilient and the score remained 1-0.
Substitute Jack James had a chance to secure all three points for City in the 79th minute as he raced through on goal, but Gray rushed out and saved his riffled effort. The equalising goal came just five minutes from time through substitute Anthony Dudley. The Seals forward latched onto a loose ball in the box and fired through a crowd of bodies into the net.
There was to be more late drama just two minutes later as Asante latched onto a flick-on and raced unchallenged into the Chester box. The City forward made no mistake in firing past the Chester keeper to cap a man of the match performance off with a goal.
The Tigers were able to hold out for a win that maintained their position at the top of the table. City are back in action on Saturday, November 7th as they take on Spennymoor in the National League North.
Gloucester City starting XI- 19. Moulden 2. Carline 3. Whittle 4. Gunning 5. Daly (c) 23. Morgan 7. Dawson 8. Thomas 9. Asante 10. McClure 11.Mensah
Substitutes- Osullivan, James, Robert, Lovett, Bailey-Nichols
Chester FC starting XI- 1. Gray 2. Morgan 3. Taylor 4. Weeks 5. Roberts 6. Grand 7. Johnston 8. Glendon (c) 9. Elliot 10. Waring 11. Jackson
Substitutes- 12. Roberts 14. Dudley 15. Hughes 16. Bauress 17. Marsh-Hughes
Match report Jack Goodridge
Photos Neil Phelps
Tagged as: Gloucester City Chester
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