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Chester 4 Bishops Stortford 1

Published date: 15 December 2012 |
Published by: Dennis Wall
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CRAIG CURRAN celebrated a hat-trick in an emphatic win for the Blues.

Ben Mills put Chester 1-0 up after just five minutes when he connected with a right wing cross from Dave Hankin.

Preston referee Lee Metcalfe angered the visitors in the 16th minute when he had second thoughts about awarding a penalty after initially pointing at the penalty spot. He over-turned his decision after consulting his assistant.

Bishops Stortford skipper Reece Prestedge equalised in the 28th minute with a close range header from Ricky Sappleton's cross.

Substitute Craig Curran fired home a 12 yard shot to put Chester 2-1 in front after 62 minutes, just three minutes after replacing Hankin.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Lewis Spence was shown a red card for a hesad-butting offence on Curran.

And Chester made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute when Curran smashed home after Mills' shoit had been parried by Carter.

Curran completed his hat-trick when he rifled a shot into the roof of the net in the 85th minute.

CHESTER (4-4-2): Danby; Baynes, Horan, Linwood, McGinn; D Williams, Sarcevic, A Williams, Hankin (Curran 59); Mills (Turner 79), Jarman (M Williams 59). Subs (not used): Collins, Howard.

BISHOPS STORTFORD (4-4-2): Carter; Burns, Prestedge, Bailey-Dennis, Herd (Thalassitis 72); Francis, Johnson, Abdullahi (Baker 77), Spence; Sappleton, Waller-Lassen (Cawley 77). Subs (not used): Anderson, Livings.

REFEREE: Lee Metcalfe (Preston).

ATTENDANCE: 2,058.

Full match report and pictures in Monday's Leader.

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