OXFORD United striker James Roberts scored in his first game back from compassionate leave on loan at Chester.

The 19-year-old struck the opening goal in the 2-1 win against Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League.

It was his first appearance since the death of his younger brother Ben a fortnight ago.

Chester boss Steve Burr paid tribute to Roberts, who was later forced off with a hamstring injury.

He told local media: "It was quite fitting, it's been a difficult time for the lad.

"I thought he took his goal very well. Our supporters gave him a great reception."