Date: 25th April 2006 at 5:07pm
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A hard and very dry pitch didn’t help produce a classic encounter though there was plenty in the way of effort shown by both sides.

Chester City took the lead whilst some supporters were still taking their seats through Chris Holroyd.

Holroyd latched onto a through ball inside the area but had a great deal of work to do to find the target.

With his back to goal some 10-yards out Holroyd turned to fired an angled drive into the bottom left corner of Dale keeper Tuffey’s goal despite the best efforts of the stopper who managed to get a hand on the shot.

Sean Kelly almost doubled Chester City’s advantage with a drive that just cleared the crossbar from 18-yards.

Rochdale did get level through a Ben Wharton effort. The Dale striker shrugged off two defenders to burst through into the box before slamming an unstoppable half-volley home.

However, Chester City’s youthful looking reserves did not want to settle for a draw because the Blues hit back and again it was Holroyd causing the damage.

A half cleared corner found the forward on the edge of the box and he steered his shot through the bunch of players into the bottom corner, giving Tuffey no chance at all.

City nearly made it three as Chester’s Mark Cadwallader was denied by a superb reflex stop from Tuffey following a dangerous ball in from the left. Cadwallader met the ball with a firm header from seven yards but the Dale ‘keeper acrobatically flew into the air to push the ball away.

Rochdale: Jon Tuffey, Michael Murray, Nathan Wood, Kyle Buckley, Krystian Liptrot, Kristian Bowden, Theo Coleman, Ben Wharton, Clive Moyo-Modise, Matthew Kay.

Subs: Paul Derrick, Danny Woodhall, James McDonagh.

Chester City: Ryan Brookfield, Freddie Potter, Sean Newton, Kevin Roberts, Rob Marsh-Evans, James Scales, Sean Kelly, Justin Walker, Mark Cadwallader, Adam Wade, Chris Holroyd.

Subs: Nathan Humphries, Craig Vernon, Neil Carroll, Jack Rowlands, James Owen.