Date: 2nd April 2006 at 4:19pm
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In the space of a week Derek Asamoah has elevated himself to star status and could become City?s saviour at the Saunders Honda Stadium. If three goals in mid week were not enough for the Lincoln City loan start, Asamoah struck a brace, the second probably the best goal ever to be seen at the Saunders Honda Stadium, to push The Blues away from the dreaded drop zone.

With both sides struggling to adapt to the windy conditions, this Cheshire derby got off to a low-key start. It took City nine minutes to spark into action when Stewart Drummond used his awareness well to send a good ball forward to Derek Asamoah. The mid week hat-trick hero at Boston United beat his marker to strike low and hard only to see Silkmen shot-stopper Tommy Lee palmed the ball away for a City corner.

This proved to be City?s best chance in a first half they dominated. Macclesfield Town certainly found themselves under the cosh for long periods with City more than holding their own, but failing to finish in the final third of the field. City?s new striker Jake Edwards brought the visiting goalkeeper into action on the half hour mark when out of nothing; he struck from the edge of the area. Moment?s later play had switched to the other end when Macclesfield responded with a rare attack thanks to former City player Alan Navarro.

Navarro beat off his marker to create The Silkmen?s first chance of the game, but his shot didn?t trouble the City goalkeeper, Chris MacKenzie. City almost broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when a through ball from Ben Davies reached Edwards in the left corner of the box. Edwards? right footer shaved the paintwork off the far post with the Macclesfield goalkeeper beaten. City continued to pile forward in stoppage time and again came agonisingly close to opening the scoring through Derek Asamoah, whose header from a Ben Davies corner flashed narrowly wide of the far post.

After weathering the second half onslaught from the visitors, normal service resumed and City took the lead within just four minutes of the restart. It was just what The Blues deserved for all the pressure they?ve piled onto The Silkmen. The goal came as Asamoah latched onto a Sean Hessey cross. Blundell?s downward header placed the ball into ?Deadly Derek?s? path leaving Asamoah to make no mistake, poking the ball home from close range. City could have gone further ahead when a Ben Davies corner struck the near post but The Blues almost gifted Macclesfield and equaliser.

A defensive mix up Matt McNeil free, but fortunately with only MacKenzie to beat, the Macclesfield striker hoofed his effort well over the crossbar. Asamoah continued to taunt the visiting defenders getting wide down the flanks and almost helped the Blues double their advantage. He sent a neat through ball across the face of goal hoping to pick out Gregg Blundell, but sadly a superbly timed Chester move came to end when Kevin Sandwith, a Chester City target earlier in the season, intercepted Derek?s pass.

The Silkmen fought their way back into this game and with fifteen minutes remaining, Matt McNeil dispossessed Scott McNiven down the left flank. Crossing the ball into the area, substitute Kevin Townson latched onto the delivery to head the ball home past a stranded MacKenzie. City responded with a succession of corners, the latter being the best chance when Edwards, with his back to goal, hooked a right footer narrowly wide of the left post. Then with the game dwindling away City fans were treated to a last minute winner that could go down in City Folklore as one of the best ever scored. Out of nothing, a simply stunning individual strike by Asamoah from just outside the area sublimely flighted into the top corner.

What an important goal this may be for Chester City. Words cannot describe the individual brilliance of this goal. You?ll not see a better goal than that anywhere in the world.

Attendance: 2,939

City Man of The Match – and why not give him the freedom of the City too: Derek Asamoah

Chester City: MacKenzie, McNiven, Albrighton, Artell, Regan, Hessey, Asamoah, Drummond, Davies, Edwards, Blundell (Rutherford 85).

Subs Not Used: Harrison, Vaughan, Dimech, Tait.

Macclesfield Town: Lee, Teague, Morley (Townson 59), Swailes, Brightwell, Sandwith, Harsley, Navarro, Whitaker, McIntyre, McNeil.

Subs Not Used: Fettis, Miles, Briscoe, Smart