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28 August 2012
MAXIMUM POINTS FOR BLUES
Back to back wins over the weekend have left Chester in third place on goal difference behind fellow pace setters Guiseley and Brackley Town.

The hard fought 2-1 home victory on Saturday over Colwyn Bay was followed up with another win on Monday as an estimated 1,000 supporters traveled to Altrincham to see Chester edge an entertaining encounter 4-2.

Chester had raced into a two goal lead inside 20 minutes with a brace from Ben Mills, but Alty fight back and equalised just after the break. Goals from Michael Powell and and a great Matty McGinn strike in the final ten minutes though saw Chester home with a maximum return from their opening four matches.

Neil Young was delighted with the three points though thought that a draw would have been a fairer result: “It was a very difficult game. Altrincham are a very good side with great forward players. You saw the quality of Damian Reeves with his finish and we knew all about the danger of the young lad Duncan Watmore.”

“They made it really difficult for us but we also knew we could get at them in wide areas and we did that early doors. We got two early goals but then we sat back and if you sit back against a team like Altrincham they will hit you and that’s what they did.”

“I’ll take the three points but probably a draw would have been a fairer result. Four wins from four but I’d say we’ve been workmanlike rather than being fantastic. That said, in terms of effort, I can’t ask for more from the players.”

Chester are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Damson Park to play Solihull Moors, kick-off is at 15:00hrs and the ground will not be segregated. Admission prices are Adults: £12.00, Concessions: £6.00 (OAPs, Students and Juniors).

The club have played at Damson Park before in February 2002 when a Dean Spink hat-trick helped Chester City to a 4-2 win over Solihull Borough in an FA Trophy fourth round replay.

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Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

22 August 2012
BLUES MAINTAIN WINNING START
A goal form substitute Ben Mills was enough to give Chester three more points as they started their home fixtures with a narrow hard fought win over Workington. The victory, in front of a crowd of 3,007, lifted the Blues to fifth spot on goal difference rom the early pace setters Guiseley.

There should be another bumper crown on Saturday as Chester entertain fourth placed Colwyn Bay. Neil Young’s former side have also started the season with two victories including an impressive 1-0 victory at Halifax Town in midweek.

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REDUCED ADMISSION TONIGHT

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Deva Stadium the club will be charging 1992 prices for the first home game of the season against Workington tonight.

Adult admission to all areas of the ground will be £7.00, Concessions £5.00 and Children £3.00. Adult and Concession season ticket holders will receive a £5.00 discount in the club shop on purchases of £30 or more before 30 September using voucher 1 from their season ticket books.


19 August 2012
DREAM START FOR CHESTER
Chester scored the first goal of the Conference North season on Saturday as Iain Howard’s strike after just 90 seconds gave Chester a winning start to the new campaign.

On a blistering hot day, around 800 supporters made the long trip down to Oxford City to see the Blues, in green!, play their first match in the sixth tear of English football and they didn't have long to wait to celebrate the first goal as Howard, who’s been at the club since the rebirth, pounced on a loose ball ten yards out to rifle a shot past Warren Carter in the home goal.

Chester boss Neil Young, who was forced to watch the match from the stand as he served a touchline ban, was full of praise for his side as he told the Chester Chronicle: “It’s always difficult first game of the season, especially away from home, but I thought our lads were fantastic from first minute to last.”

“We were disciplined, kept our shape well, and if we had taken our chances in the first half it would have been game over by half-time. We knew Oxford would come out and have a right go at us but our back four dealt with everything they could throw at us. I don’t think John Danby had a save to make.”

Chester are back in action on Wednesday night when they have a home game against Workington. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Deva Stadium the club will be charging 1992 prices for the first home game of the season against Workington on Wednesday 22 August.

Adult admission to all areas of the ground will be £7.00, Concessions £5.00 and Children £3.00. Adult and Concession season ticket holders will receive a £5.00 discount in the club shop on purchases of £30 or more before 30 September using voucher 1 from their season ticket books.

Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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17 August 2012
LOAN DEAL SECURED
As anticipated Chester have signed a forward on loan for the start of the new season which gets underway at Oxford City on Saturday. The player in question is 23-year-old Ben Mills who joins on a one month deal from Macclesfield Town. Mills played last season for Nantwich Town and scored the opening goal in the Dabbers 4-1 victory over Chester last August.
15 August 2012
VICTORY AN CONWY

Chester concluded their pre-season with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Conwy Borough last night with goals from youth team player Reece Norton, Dave Hankin and Iain Howard.

11 August 2012
REDUCED ADMISSION FOR WORKINGTON MATCH

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Deva Stadium the club will be charging 1992 prices for the first home game of the season against Workington on Wednesday 22 August.

Adult admission to all areas of the ground will be £7.00, Concessions £5.00 and Children £3.00. Adult and Concession season ticket holders will receive a £5.00 discount in the club shop on purchases of £30 or more before 30 September using voucher 1 from their season ticket books.


HOME PRE-SEASON ENDS WITH DRAW
Chester drew their final home pre-season match 2-2 with Bangor City. The visitors took the lead before goals from Marc Williams and Nathan Jarman in the last five minutes of the opening period gave Chester a half-time advantage. The Blues kept the lead until a poor back pass from George Horan in the last minute allowed the visitors to equalise in front of a crowd of 693.
8 August 2012
CLANCY STRIKE EARNS DRAW

A first goal for the club by Sean Clancy four minutes from time earned Chester a deserved 1-1 draw against a Fleetwood Town X1. Manager Neil Young fielded three trialists, strikers Matthew Blinkhorn and Vinny Mukendi, and right back Ryan Higgins.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 57th minute through ex-Chester loan player Alex Titchiner before Clancy’s left wing cross shot evaded everyone in the area to nestle in the far corner of the net.

Young confirmed after the match that a striker will join the club next week saying: “We will definitely be bringing in a forward before the season starts, we’ve just got to make sure we’re getting the one with the ingredient we need. Nathan Jarman and Marc Williams will start the season so we need someone who is going to come in and make a difference if required.”

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Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)


6 August 2012
BANGOR MATCH
The home friendly against Bangor City on Saturday will now kick-off at 14:00hrs. Admission is: adults £7, concession £5 and Under 16 £1.
4 August 2012
WILLIAMS HAT-TRICK SECURES SHIELD

A second half hat-trick from striker Marc Williams helped Chester to a 3-0 victory over the Doodson Sport League Cup winners North Ferriby United to claim the Peter Swales Challenge Shield today in front of a home crowd of 591.

Blues captain George Horan is pictured picking up the trophy from Mrs Brenda Swales and Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Chairman Mark Harris.

Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)


FLEETWOOD MATCH
The home friendly against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night will now kick-off at 19:00hrs. Admission is: adults £7, concession £5 and Under 16 £1.
TEAM PICTURE
The new team picture for 2012/13 has been released, and here it is...

Back: Alex Hay (Chief Scout), Levi Mackin, Michael Powell, Michael Taylor, Paul Linwood, Dave Hankin, Adam Proudlock, Lee Worrall (Head keeper coach).

Middle: Jimmy Soul (kit man), Dom Collins, Robbie Booth, Martin Fearon, John Danby, George Horan (Captain), Matty McGinn, Will Osborne (Physio), Calvin Hughes (Football Secretary).

Front: Sean Clancy, Antoni Sarcevic, Wes Baynes, Gary Jones (Assistant Manager), Neil Young (Manager), Gary Powell (First team coach), Ashley Williams, Iain Howard, Nathan Jarman, Marc Williams.


Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

CHESHIRE CUP
Chester have been given an away tie at Cheadle Town in the Preliminary Round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. The game will take place during the week commencing 5 November.
1 AUGUST 2012
BLUES PAY FOR MISSED CHANCES

A depleted Chester were beaten 3-0 in their latest pre-season friendly at neighbours Airbus. The Blues were without five players through injury: Dominic Collins, Robbie Booth, Paul Linwood, Matty McGinn and Michael Taylor all sat out the match while captain George Horan played whilst carrying an injury.

Trialist Jon Breeze, a midfielder previously on Wigan Athletic’s books was given a run out. The goals for the Wingmakers came from Stephen Connor (recently on trial with Chester), a penalty from Mark Cadwallader and Jack Lewis.

Manager Neil Young blamed a succession of missed chances for the defeat: “In the first half, the game should have been over. We should have been out of sight. It would concern me more if we weren’t creating any chances.”

Chester are back in action on Saturday at home against North Ferriby United in the Peter Swales Challenge Shield, kick-off 15:00hrs. Admission prices are: adult £5.00, concessions £3.00, under 16’s £1.00.

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Picture Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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