Date: 12th August 2008 at 9:47pm
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It was perfect night for Leeds United as Chester City collapsed to another defeat on Tuesday night when they faced a strong Leeds United side in the Carling Cup First Round.

Gary McAlister’s men ran rings around City in the first half and with an outstanding first half hat-trick from Jermaine Beckford the highlight of a commanding United half.

After just three minutes Beckford put his name of the scoresheet when he beat his marker, to slot the ball home past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper John Danby. He gave Danby no chance with his powerful second before producing a quality finish for his third, flighting a neat ball high over Danby’s head and into the top right half corner.

Ryan Lowe did manage to score a Chester goal early on but the Blues found Leeds to be a constant on the break. Leeds broke with pace and power and were always a threat to the Blues. Snodgrass and Robinson were the other goalscorers as Leeds firmly took control of proceedings and exploited City’s frailties.

Lowe’s goal came in the 15th minute with City 2-0 down. He latched onto Partridge’s ball from the right flank, blasting the ball right footed into the bottom left corner of the Leeds goal.

City made two changes at the break and City certainly gave an improved display in the second spell, although Leeds did step off the gas. Seven minutes later Gary McAllister chose to rest three key players after a subdued start to the half bereft of chances.

The visitors came close to extending their lead in the 58th minute with Fabien Delph heading wide of Danby’s left post then in the 64th minute Ellison came close to making the scoreline more respectable when he latched onto a great Chester ball into the area, but headed agonisingly wide of the far post.

The scoreline was given a healthier complexion after Mozika clashed with the leeds goalkeeper, Caspe Ankergren, and his marker Frazer Richardson. Tumbling to the ground, the referee pointed to the spot and Ryan Lowe was on hand to slot the ball, cool as you like, right footed into the right corner, sending United keeper, Ankergren, the wrong way.

Chester continued to push forward right until the end with Lowe and Ellison combining well only for Ellison to fire into the side netting from an acute angle.

The Blues did create chances in the second half and now have to take the positives out of this defeat as they prepare for Saturday’s home game against Wycombe Wanderers in League Two.

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