MIDFIELD MAESTRO Andy May was the star of the show as Town ran out 3-1 winners at home to Chester City.
MIDFIELD MAESTRO Andy May was the star of the show as Huddersfield Town ran out 3-1 winners at home to Chester City.
A Leeds Road crowd of over 6,000 witnessed an accomplished display by a Town side still hoping for play-off glory.
Three equally brilliant goals from Julian Winter, Mark Smith and man-of-the-match May sealed the victory for the home side, while Rob Painter netted a consolation for the visitors.
Town dominated from start to finish, and their opener set the tone for the rest of the game.
A clever interchange of passes between May and Smith eventually found Winter in space 30 yards from goal.
Winter, with just one goal to his name all season, unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the Chester net.
There was no respite for the away side, however, as Town pressed for the second goal. Billy Stewart in the Chester goal had to make a number of saves in quick succession, while Winter nearly doubled his personal tally when he rifled a volley over the bar.
Town extended their lead with two goals in five minutes.
Craig Maskell’s squared pass put Smith through on goal, and the winger coolly evaded the challenge of full-back Barry Butler before slotting the ball home.
On the 57-minute mark, May finally got the goal his terrific performance deserved.
After a neat one-two, the impressive midfielder finished off the move by thumping a volley beyond the despairing dive of keeper Stewart.
With a three-goal cushion, Town relaxed with the game seemingly won.
Chester took advantage, scoring a goal of their own when Painter grabbed his first of the season.
The Examiner’s Mel Booth reported at the time that it was ‘one of Town’s most accomplished team displays of the season’.
Town: Hardwick, Trevitt, Hutchings, May, O’Doherty, Duggan, Byrne (McInerney), Winter, Cecere, Maskell, Smith.
Chester City: Stewart, Butler (Wynne), Woodthorpe, Hinnigan, Lightfoot, Lane, Jakub, O’Keefe, Johnson (Newhouse), Graham, Painter.