Date: 24th February 2008 at 6:49pm
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It was described as a real six pointer before the game and the Blues rose to the challenge with a confidence boosting victory over League Two strugglers Mansfield Town.

Chester City’s dismal run finally came to an end at Field Mill on Saturday. The Blues, who hadn’t won a game in 14 attempts earned a rare three points against relegation threatened Mansfield Town.

ity’s had the returning Kevin Ellison to thank. He was key to everything Chester City created in a stunning second half performance and scored two goals to cap a wonderful performance.

A scappy first half performance ended with a Mansfield Town goal just before the break and City fans must have been thinking here we go again when Mullins headed past the despairing reaches of goalkeeper John Danby.

But in the second half Chester stepped up a gear and Ellison was on hand to head in

itchie Partridge’s fierce cross to level the scores.

But Mansfield almost took the lead again from a free-kick and City had Paul Linwood to thank who was alert to the danger, heading Dawson’s cross off the line.

Linwood, the former Tranmere Rovers star, was in the thick of the action as City completed the fightback to take a 72nd minute lead. Louis was penalised for tripping Linwood in a goalmouth melee and former Everton star Tony Dinning calmly tucked away the spot-kick.

City continued to attack in a remarkable second half fight back when the unmarked Mark Hughes blazed a Partridge cross over and Murphy’s lose-range header was saved as Chester looked to secure the victory.

Then in stoppage time Kevin Ellison made sure the three points were returning to the Deva Stadium when he despated a sensational curler into the top corner.

Mansfield Town: Carl Muggleton, Johnny Mullins, Keith Briggs, Gareth Jelleyman (Simon Brown 81), Jake Buxton, Will Atkinson, Stephen Dawson, Matthew Hamshaw, Jonathan D’Laryea, Jefferson Louis, Mick Boulding.

Subs not used: Jason White, Chris Wood, John McAliskey, Ian Holmes

Booked: Stephen Dawson 72, Jake Buxton 79

Chester City: John Danby, James Vaughan, Paul Butler (Chris Holroyd 45), Paul Linwood, Tony Dinning, Kevin Roberts, Richie Partridge, Mark Hughes, Laurence Wilson, Kevin Ellison, John Murphy,

Subs not used: Philip Palethorpe, Kevin Sandwith, Stephen Vaughan, Tony Grant

Booked: Mark Hughes 69

Attendance: 2362


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