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Posted Sat 03 Oct 15 at 17:32 PM

Gary Mills is facing up to his first mini-crisis after Wrexham were put to the sword by fierce rivals Chester who ensured successive defeats for the Reds for the first time this season.


John Rooney (34) put the Seals ahead with a breath taking free-kick before Dom Vose (39) levelled with precision from the penalty spot.


Wrexham countered Chester's decent start with a strong finish to the first-half but they were unable to convert their chances from open play.


Tom Shaw (58) and Kane Richards (69) struck to put the gloss on a superb second half performance by the hosts.


An injury-time goal from Connor Jennings gave the scoreline an air of respectability but Wrexham ran out of time to find an unlikely equaliser. 


Wrexham surrendered possession meekly on too many occasions and looked fragile at the back, conceding three goals for the second time in seven days.


Following that 2-3 home defeat to Eastleigh Reds boss Gary Mills unsurprisingly rang the changes.


New loan signings Joe Quigley and Jon Nolan were thrust into the action - the former leading the attack in place of injured top scorer James Gray, whilst Nolan was preferred to Wes York.


It was a typical frenetic start with the hosts keen to lay down a marker with some strong early challenges that went unpunished by referee Ian Hussin.


Connor Jennings forced the first corner of the game after seven minutes, Jon Worsnop pushing over his stinging long-range shot.


Chester made most of the running for the first 20 minutes and were almost rewarded four minutes later. Hesitancy in the Reds defence allowed on-loan striker James Roberts a clear sight of goal but he dragged his shot hopelessly wide.


When Javan Vidal was finally afforded some space he left former Red Johnny Hunt on the deck and bamboozled another trailing Blues defender before Worsnop pushed the ball away for a corner. 


The goalkeeper punched away Sean Newton's flick-on from the set-piece and Nolan lashed the follow-up shot over the bar.


After Wrexham's bright spell Chester hit back and broke the deadlock after 34 minutes. Sean Newton was adjudged to have stopped James Roberts unfairly in his tracks and Rooney stepped up to plant a simply stunning strike into the top corner.


Wrexham hit back immediately and after wasting a couple of decent chances were awarded a penalty when Blaine Hudson was wrestled to the ground by Chester captain Ian Sharps.


Vose smashed his shot low and hard to Worsnop's left to send one and a half stands of the ground into delirium.


Wrexham went for the jugular with half time approaching - Worsnop's hands were stung by a vicious Jennings volley before Quigley was just centimetres wide with a low drive across goal.


Chester made a change at the break - Kane Richards replacing Craig Hobson who was feeling the effects of a heavy knock.


Nolan was booked for taking out Roberts in full flight before Chester forced three corners in quick succession, the last one almost paying off when Ross Hannah's shot was cleared off the line with 56 minutes played.


Two minutes later Chester restored their lead.  Shaw received Hannah's pass and kept his cool to slot past Belford, who had gone to ground slightly early.


Vose tried to level again but his effort was punched over the bar.


Wes York and Adam Smith were introduced to inject some pace into proceedings but Chester were hardly slouches themselves. A quick break caught Wrexham short at the back and Chester substitute Richards took advantage of yards of space at the far post to head in their third goal.


Worsnop stood his ground to deny York at the other end as Wrexham desperately looked for a way back into the game.


Jennings volleyed home from close range in injury time and Wrexham finally threw the kitchen sink at Chester in what little time was remaining.


However, it was too little, too late as Chester secured the bragging rights once again on home turf. 

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