Date: 29th March 2006 at 10:21pm
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Derek Asamoah scored a rare hat-trick for Chester City to inspire the Blues to only their second victory 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 back above Torquay United and Rushden & Diamonds. This victory was Mark Wright’s first back in charge of the League Two outfit.

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.

Boston Utd: Michel Kuipers, Mark Greaves, Gary Silk, Lee Canoville, Austin McCann, Simon Rusk, Jamie Clarke, Chris Holland (Danny Thomas 47), Brad Maylett (Peter Till 47), Lawrie Dudfield, Julian Joachim
Subs not used: Steve Melton, Alan White, Asa Hall
Chester City: Chris MacKenzie, Carl Regan (Luke Dimech 48), Mark Albrighton, Scott McNiven, Sean Hessey, David Artell, Abdou Elkholti, Stewart Drummond, Ben Davies, Jake Edwards (Paul Tait 69), Derek Asamoah (Paul Rutherford 73)
Subs not used: Paul Harrison, Stephen Vaughan
Booked: David Artell 14
Attendance: 1651