Chester 0-3 Barnsley (result)

Reds' finishing was all difference.
Reds' finishing was all difference.
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Barnsley restored their FA Cup credibility tonight at non-league Chester.

Reds fans had been embarrassed with the first, goalless tie at Oakwell.

So they wanted to get off to a good start tonight to ensure they get to play Championship side Middlesbrough at home in round three of the FA Cup.

And that they certainly did, with three unanswered goals.

Danny Wilson had made three changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s encounter at the Deva Stadium.

Recalled following the League One disappointment of Saturday’s defeat at Walsall were centre-back Peter Ramage in place of the injured Lewin Nyatanga, front-man Kane Hemmings and James Bailey across the midfield.

Brad Abbott was dropped to the bench, while Marcello Trotta was cup-tied.

Barnsley took the early initiative.

Devante Cole, Kane Hemmings and Luke Berry all looked for a way to penetrate the home guard, with a variety of efforts, either saved or blocked.

Then Hemmings stroked home a rebound from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a set piece, to deliver a 1-0 lead.

Berry could have added a second two minutes later.

The Reds were raining shot in, with Dale Jennings firing wide.

Almost half an hour had elapsed by the time Chester got some proper offensive play going; Craig Hobson having a shot from outside the box saved by Ross Turnbull.

Wilson’s team tried to reassert themselves, with Reece Brown and Conor Hourihane looking for number two.

Jennings narrowly missed with a chance after the re-start.

But Barnsley got the second goal they deserved on 63 minutes.

It was courtesy of a smart finish from Jennings, who steered the ball in off the post from Hemmings’ feed at the death.

The strike excited some home offensive thrusts, Craig Hobson and John Rooney trying their luck with a header and shot respectively.

But the visiting fans must have felt comfortable that their side would not concede.

And Jennings topped a cracking night for himself by turning in the area to score after approach work from Reece Brown.

Chester: Worsnop, Kay, Brown, Charnock, Roberts, James, Rooney, Heneghan, McConville, Mahon, Hobson.

Substitutes Winn, Roberts, Menagh, Harrison, Blake, Touray, Greenop.

Barnsley Turnbull, Holgate, Ramage, Cranie, Brown, Bailey, Berry, Hourihane, Cole, Hemmings, Jennings.

Substitutes: Treacy, Davies, Digby, Abbott, Boakye-Yiadom Cowgill, Lita.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

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