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REPORT: Chester 2-1 Barnet

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17:00 18th January 2014

Barnet lose 2-1 at the Swansway Chester Stadium despite an 84th minute equaliser.

Barnet FC were beaten 2-1 by Chester FC in the Skrill Premier on Saturday.

Former Kidderminster Harriers’ manager Steve Burr was unveiled as the Blues' new boss just hours before kick-off and he didn’t have to wait long for a first goal as Lewis Turner fired home on 33 minutes.

The Bees had to wait until the the 84th minute to level when Jake Hyde headed past John Danby but unfortunately they had to wait less than 60 seconds for Chester to retake the lead and secure three points. 

Barnet made one change from the side who beat Alfreton Town with Keanu Marsh-Brown returning from injury in place of Dani Lopez whose loan spell expired last week.

Neither side was able to test the other in opening ten but with 14 minutes played Keiron Cadogan found Marsh-Brown in the box whose his low cross was cut out at the near post.. 

Chester responded seven minutes later with their first chance of the match when Jamie Reed volleyed over from just outside the 18-yard box. 

With 25 minutes played Luisma Villa’s shot from range was easily saved by John Danby.

Two minutes later the goalkeeper was beaten by Jake Hyde who finished well from a Marsh-Brown cross but his effort was chalked off by the linesman.

John Rooney, brother of Manchester United’s Wayne, almost fired a free-kick into the top corner moments later but his impressive effort whistled past the post.

With 33 minutes on the clock the home side took the lead when Lewis Turner’s searching ball into the box evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the net.

The Bees responded well but Hyde was denied on two occasions firing the ball wide before Dandy saved at his near post. 

Very little happened in the second-half but the Bees were given a new lease of life following the introductions of Luke Gambin and Harry Crawford on 58 minutes.

Chester remained dangerous on the break but the Bees’ downfall was due to their lack of creativity, not the performance of their opposition. 

With 84 minutes played Barnet equalised as Hyde steered a header past Danby after good work and a fine delivery from substitute Crawford.

With five minutes to find a winner the travelling Bees were on their feet to rally behind the side but Chester retook the lead within 60 seconds of the restart as Jamie Reed finished from close range.

Five minutes were added on at the end but the Bees failed to test the Chester defence as the fell to their third straight defeat on the road. 

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