Date: 30th March 2006 at 5:47pm
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Hat-trick hero Derek Asamoah inspired Chester to only their second win in 18 league games as City won 3-1 at mid-table Boston.

And the striker’s exploits at the expense of a woeful Boston side helped to hoist City out of the bottom two.

Neither side were able to generate much in the way of a creative start in some generally low key opening exchanges – the only bright spot being off-target shots from distance by Ben Davies for the visitors and Boston’s Austin McCann.

But on 15 minutes Chester almost broke through when David Artell powered a header goalwards from an Abdou Elkholti free-kick only for home keeper Michels Kuipers to produce a brilliant save at full stretch.

Boston struggled to get any real foothold as an attacking force and found themselves looking to Kuipers again in the 32nd minute – this time diving low to his right to tip away a skimming cross-shot from Jake Edwards.

His counterpart at the other end, Chris MacKenzie, had little to do other than clutch a few crosses.

Chester went ahead in bizarre fashion on 43 minutes when Kuipers and team-mate Lee Canoville got in a complete tangle, leaving the ball free for Asamoah to walk it into a gaping net.

Boston boss Steve Evans used substitutes Danny Thomas and Peter Till in a bid to boost his team’s fortunes.

But it failed to alter the course of proceedings as, on 51 minutes, Chester went 2-0 ahead. Artell headed down Davies’ corner from the left and Asamoah reacted quickest to fire high into Boston’s net from six yards.

And the Chester striker completed his hat-trick in the 61st minute when waltzing through a static home rearguard and slotting neatly past Kuipers.

Moments earlier the same player had gone close again when seeing a rising drive tipped away by the home keeper.

Boston tried to stage a late rally but repeatedly failed to find a way past a visiting rearguard well marshalled by Artell.

Their only half-chance came when Till fired too high with a snap-shot from outside the area. However, on 88 minutes, Simon Rusk managed to round Mackenzie and pull a goal back, but it was only a token response.

Star Player
Michel Kuipers – Despite letting in 3 goals none were his fault and he made a couple of good saves through the night to keep the score down.