Match report by Dave McMillan
Marine completed their Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures on Saturday, as they went down 4-0 at champions Chester FC.
Prior to kick off a minute’s applause was held in memory of young Chester fan Ciaran Geddes, who tragically passed away earlier in the week, the home players also wearing shirts in his memory to put football firmly in perspective.
To put the Yellows’ away form in context this was their first defeat on the road in more than five months, but this was never going to be Marine’s day with a crowd of 3686 celebrating back to back titles for the Cestrians.
The Blues certainly showed why they have racked up centuries of points and goals, Marine only rallying very late on as they found it difficult to contain a very slick Chester outfit with a hat trick from Chris Simm doing most of the damage.
had a busy afternoon in the Marine goal, being called in to action early on to keep out Alex Brown’s close range header from Iain Howard’s cross.
Chester took the lead after 24 minutes, Simm springing the offside trap to race clear and square for Marc Williams to tap in from a suspiciously offside position.
Marine did get forward on a reasonably regular basis but without any real cutting edge, Liam Dawson
doing well to fire over a strong cross shot from a tight angle.
Two goals prior to half time killed the game as a contest, Williams twisting and turning on the right before sending over a juicy cross for Simm to plant a firm header past McMahon on 39 minutes.
Right on half time it was three, Simm scoring the goal of the game after collecting the ball 25 yards out to crash home a rocket in to the top corner.
Thomas Moore picked himself up after being hauled down outside the box to curl a free kick wide of a post, but the home side always looked a threat coming forward and almost added a fourth, George Horan feeding Williams with a vanguard of defenders bundling the ball away from danger.
Former Southport man Robbie Booth brought a fine save from McMahon, before pulling another decent chance wide.
Marine had defended more coherently in the second half but came unstuck eleven minutes before time, Antoni Sarcevic putting Simm through on goal, the forward producing another emphatic finish to claim the match ball in impressive fashion.
McMahon made another fine stop from Williams, in the clear again before Darren Byers
brought a good stop from John Danby at the other end, firing in a powerful 25 yard effort.
A good move down the left saw John Shaw galloping in to the area, his venomous drive thumping against a post as the visitors’ luck continued to desert them.
Full back Matty McGinn went close to giving the Blues nap with a dipping shot, McMahon getting a touch to divert the ball on to the crossbar to pull off a great stop.
Chester:John Danby, Wes Baynes,Matty McGinn, George Horan (Cap), Christian Smith,Ashley Williams (Liam Brownhill 75),Robbie Booth, Alex Brown (Levi Mackin 65),Chris Simm, Marc Williams, Iain Howard (Antoni Sarcevic 58).
Unused subs: Michael Powell,Matt Glennon (G/K). Cautions: None.
Marine: Ryan McMahon
(Cap), Paul Lundon, John Shaw, Sam Barnes
, Matty Brown
, Robbie Lawton
, Nick Rogan
75), Louis Barnes
, Thomas Moore, Rafael Leal Pezan
55), Liam Dawson
Unused subs: Ian Latham
Williams (G/K). Cautions: None.
Referee: Mr. Phillip Dermott; Assistants Mr. James Eadon, Mr. Adam Eastwood.