De­but boy Asante earns triple crown

The Non-League Football Paper - - SATURDAY MATCH CENTRE - By Neil Turner

AKWASI ASANTE registered a stun­ning hat-trick on his Ch­ester de­but.

The 26-year-old for­mer Grimsby Town striker re­turned an im­pe­ri­ous per­for­mance for the Ces­tri­ans, who played for an hour of the match with ten men af­ter winger Dan Mooney had been dis­missed.

Asante’s first goal came af­ter 27 min­utes, when he rose above his marker to power home a close-range header fol­low­ing a cross from Craig Ma­hon.

Af­ter 31 min­utes, mid­fielder Mooney gave referee Barry Lamb no op­tion but to bran­dish a sec­ond yellow card af­ter he lunged into Joe Wheat­ley.

Three min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod, Asante dou­bled his side’s ad­van­tage when he dis­pos­sessed El­liott, and placed a de­light­ful ef­fort past Jon Mad­di­son.

Wheat­ley gave the north-east­ern­ers brief respite af­ter 56 min­utes with a well-struck 20yard ef­fort that beat Grant Shen­ton.

Nor­mal ser­vice was re­sumed af­ter 69 min­utes when An­thony Dud­ley set Asante free, the striker cut in­side and ri­fled a low 20-yard ef­fort past the over­worked Mad­di­son.

STAR MAN: Akwasi Asante (Ch­ester) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★

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