Chester le Street Town turned in one of their worst performance sof the season so far to go down 3-1 at Newcastle University.
Newcastle came close to taking the lead after 12 minutes when the ball was played in to the Timmy Brown in space on the left of the block but Kevin Dixon made a great tackle to turn the ball away for a corner. After 21 minutes a ball across the Chester area found Keith Douglas who fired a good shot towards the corner but Maximiliano Coombes made a good save at full stretch.
Chester le Street took the lead after 24 minutes when a corner was played in from the left and Danny Hepplewhite ran in to power a header into the roof of the net. However, the lead was short-lived as Newcastle made a quick break
down the left for Niza Chilufya to race clear and produce a clinical finish. Chester came close to regaining the lead after 31 minutes when a poor back-pass was made to the Newcastle keeper and when he was challenged by Michael Hepplewhite his attempted clearance rebound off Hepplewhite but it went just wide of the post. After 42 minutes Joe Blanch raced clear down the left and cut into the box to hit a low cross into the middle and Danny Hepplewhite was lucky to see his attempted
clearance slice of his boot but it went over the bar. Newcastle went in front after 44 minutes when Chilfuya raced into the area and Alexander Walker was penalised for bringing him down and Chilfuya converted the penalty. Newcastle increased their lead after 52 minutes when a corner from the right was bundled into the net by Joseph Robertson. Chester came close to pulling a goal back after 57 minutes when a good pass down the left set David Surrey racing through. He drove the ball
across the face of the goal but Connor Lyon just failed to make contact. After 79 minutes the ball was played through the middle to Jack Brown but he didn’t get much power in his shot and the keeper made an easy save. Deep into stoppage time Chester made a good move and when the ball was played into the middle Michael Hepplewhite saw his shot deflected onto the post and it was cleared.
Team: Maximiliano Coombes, Christopher Stephenson, David Surrey (Harrison Scott, 73 mins), Kevin Dixon, Alexander Walker, Danny Hepplewhite, Luke Ridley (Lee Blades, 45 mins), Connor Lyon, Jack Brown, Michael Hepplewhite, Luke Collins. Subs Not Used : Anthony Lee, Harry Whisker, Calum