Saturday 6 May 2000
Chester City 0 Peterborough United
Chester City: Brown,
Woods, Hicks, Hobson, Fisher (Wright 65), Hemmings (Lancaster 79),
Porter, Carden, Finney (Moss 35), Beckett, Heggs. Subs not used:
Peterborough United: Tyler, Drury, Farrell, Knight (Hanlon
63), Cullen, Gill, Green, Jelleyman (Shields 68), Rea, Oldfield, Wicks.
Subs not used: Griemink, Hann, Murray.
Referee: W.Burns (Scarborough).
was to be no Great Escape for City as their proud 69 year League
membership came to an end with this home defeat.
A goal on 64 minutes from Posh substitute Richard
Hanlon condemned City to relegation on goal difference from Carlisle
United. In truth Chester never looked like winning, though a
draw would have been a fair result.
Despite the Blues playing the better football
in the first early chances for Carl Heggs and Steve Finney were
blocked. In fact it was the visitors who came closest to opening
the scoring with Gareth Jellyman hitting the post following a
With the midfield totally innefective Atkins
soon replaced Steve Finney with Darren Moss. Neil Fisher joined
Moss in midfield and City competed a lot more.
City had a glorious chance to take the lead
on 45 minutes. Tony Hemmings was put clean through on goal but
he scuffed his right foot shot wide of the left hand post.
Chester failed to create any chances of note
after the break as nerves took hold and it was no surprise when
Hanlon, who'd only been on the pitch a couple of minutes, rifled
home from 25 yards out.
City responded with a Hemming's free-kick
that was well saved low down, and Darren Wright's clever lob was
almost met by Luke Beckett. And in the dying minutes, with most
of the crowd celebrating thinking that Exeter had equalised against
Shrewsbury, Paul Carden's long range effort was tipped onto the
bar by the agile Tyler.