Date: 6th December 2005 at 10:55pm
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Chester City claimed FA Cup glory with the best result of the Second Round as they crushed former European champions Nottingham Forest 3-0 to book their place in the Third Round.

Ryan Lowe hit two goals and Marcus Richardson was also on target as the League Two side knocked out Forest in style.

To add to the visitor’s woes they also had Gary Holt sent off for a professional foul that led to the opener.

Holt brought down Lowe from behind as he was about to tap into an empty net after his original shot had bounced back off the post.

Referee Lee Mason immediately pointed to the spot and brandished a red card and Lowe picked himself up to convert the 37th minute penalty.

It was the least that Chester deserved after they had dominated a disappointing Forest side who also suffered upsets against Macclesfield and Woking in the League Cup and LDV Vans Trophy.

Five minutes after the break it got even worse for Gary Megson’s side as Lowe grabbed his second goal to put Chester firmly in control.

Defenders Wes Morgan and Gareth Taylor attempted to play offside from a long punt upfield from Tom Curtis, but the flag stayed down and Lowe calmly slotted his shot past keeper Paul Gerrard.

The home crowd were ecstatic and they had even more to cheer soon after as Forest were undone yet again.

To rub salt in the wounds it was a comedy goal as Richardson’s shot went through the legs of both Taylor and Nicky Southall before dribbling over the line.

But Forest can have little complaints after being completely outplayed and they rarely threatened the Chester defence throughout the game.

They were FA Cup finalists back in 1991, but this season their campaign has ended in miserable fashion at the Saunders Honda Stadium.

For Chester, it is the second successive season they have reached the Third Round and they will once again go into the hat with the Premiership big-boys when the draw is made on Sunday.