STAGS EASILY BEATEN BY KEITH CURLE`S CHESTER
Chester City 3 - 1 Mansfield Town
Blundell 1, 59, Lowe 79. Baptiste 66.
Attendance: 3079 (approx 400 from Mansfield)
Chester 3-1 Mansfield
Chester's record signing Gregg Blundell scored twice as manager Keith Curle got one over his former club Mansfield.
Blundell gave Chester a dream start with a goal in the second minute, heading in a Ben Davies cross.
He was denied by the bar before securing his second with another header from Michael Branch's cross.
Mansfield pulled a goal back when Simon Brown's cross was headed home by Alex Baptiste but Ryan Lowe settled the game in the 80th minute with a cool finish.
Curle haunts former club
Chester's record signing Gregg Blundell scored twice as manager Keith Curle got the better of his former club Mansfield in a 3-1 win.
Blundell gave Chester a dream start with a goal in the second minute. He stole in at the far post to convert a Ben Davies cross with a diving header after Mansfield failed to deal with a neatly-worked short corner.
In a poor quality first half of few chances, Blundell nearly added a second when he pounced on a blunder by Mansfield keeper Kevin Pressman. His cross-shot bounced off the crossbar and was scrambled clear.
Chester were well on top when Blundell scored his second on the hour mark with another far-post header from Michael Branch's cross.
Mansfield pulled a goal back against the run of play in the 67th minute when Simon Brown's cross was headed powerfully into the net by Alex Baptiste.
The goal seemed to invigorate the visitors as they put Chester under pressure for the first time in the match. But Ryan Lowe settled the home team's nerves in the 80th minute with a cool finish after Branch had again crossed well from the right.
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