By Joseph Richardson
UCLan 1sts suffered a dramatic defeat against bottom of the table Chester, after an 8 goal thriller at the UCLan Sports Arena.
Goals from captain Jamie Wynne, Eamonn Hughes and Andy McCreadie had helped put the home side 3-2 up with ten minutes to go.
But a stunning late comeback from Chester saw them score three without reply, and register their first win of the season.
Jamie Wynne gave UCLan the perfect start, curling a free kick into the bottom corner after just four minutes.
That lead was then doubled, when Wynne turned provider for left back Eamonn Hughes, who finished confidently.
Chester then pulled a goal back in slightly controversial circumstances.
Some UCLan players believed the ball had gone out of play, but the away team played on and profited to make it 2-1 at the interval.
Into the second half, and it was Chester who bagged the equaliser on 52 minutes.
The visiting striker’s shot was parried only for the rebound to be slotted home, despite the valiant efforts of Eamonn Hughes on the line.
Then the 1sts retook the lead. Jake Connolly’s corner was met by Andy McCreadie, up from the back who took his goal expertly.
But Chester came on strong late on, and levelled for the second time from a corner.
And it was UCLan’s poor set piece defending which was to cost them again five minutes from time. The ball cannoned off the bar from a Chester corner, and was bundled home from close range.
With UCLan committing everyone forward, they were done on the counterattack to concede the fifth. It was the second consecutive home game the 1sts had let in five.
Manager Shadab Iftikhar remained upbeat despite the loss.
“The character the players showed was fantastic. We’ve gone through a lot of difficulties in the last month, losing a lot of players.”
“We shut the game against Bangor out really well, today we didn’t. It’s one of those things.”