Date:Wednesday March 11 2009
10 March 2009 7.45pm
A hat-trick from Millers striker, Reuben Reid, helped to put Chester City firmly in the relegation scrap this evening at the Deva Stadium.
The visitors, who arriveda at the ground less than an hour before kick-off due to a traffic hold-up, were the strongest team and Drewe Broughton should have had a goal in the opening minutes when his shot could only be half-saved by John Danby who palmed it up onto the bar and away for a corner. Yet it was City who went in front from a goal by Kevin Ellison in the fourteenth minute, much against run of play. A few minutes later, Andy Warrington managed to get fingertips to a Ryan Lowe free-kick and tipped it round the post. On the half-hour mark, Kevin Roberts handled the ball in the area and up stepped Reid to score the resulting penalty. After that the Millers never looked back and Jamie Clarke saw a shot go just wide before he had another shot blocked on the line which then went to Jamie Green. Green looked up and crossed the ball to an unmarked Micky Cummins who headed the ball in from close range. Broughton should have had the ball in the back of the net on the forty-third minute when he sent the ball over the bar with only the 'keeper to beat. But he did get the third goal on the stroke of half time when a Reid cross was deflected for him to head in from close range.
It took Reid just four minutes into the second half to get his second when he hit a superb ball from some twenty-yards out to get the Millers fourth. The home side's defence was in tatters and the Millers swept forward time and again. Reid had a shot deflected wide for a corner and on the hour mark he rattled the crossbar when he shot from distance. On the seventy-second minute, Reid grabbed a deserved hat-trick with a wonderful right-footed shot that went past everyone into the net. Nick Fenton had a header go just wide and just before the final whistle, Mark Hudson put Clarke through on goal only for the twenty-year old to drag his shot wide of the post.
The Millers were on top for ninety nine per cent of tonight's game and, in all honesty, could have had many more goals
Date:Wednesday March 11 2009
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