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DECEMBER
28 December 2010
DUO SIGN ON LOAN
Manager Neil Young has signed two more players. Defender Michael Taylor has signed on from Hyde United whilst 22-year-old striker Scott Metcalfe joins on loan from FC Halifax Town. Taylor is experienced having started his career as a youth player at Blackburn Rovers and had loan spells at league clubs Carlisle United and Rochdale before making a permanent move to Cheltenham Town. He has since played for Forest Green Rovers, The New Saints and Fleetwood Town.

Metcalfe has scored five league and cup goals for the Yorkshire side this season.

HOPLEY JOINS BAY ON LOAN
Striker Rob Hopley has joined former club Colwyn Bay on loan. The player, who scored the first goal for the new club at Warrington Town, is hoping for a run of games with the Evo-Stik Premiership side to maintain match fitness. Blues manager Neil Young said: “Rob has been out for 10 months prior to coming to Chester and although he has done well I know with a good run of games behind him then we will see the best of him for the run in.”

27 December 2010
FROST TAKES ITS TOLL
Another game has fallen victim of the winter frost as today’s home match against Durham City has been postponed.

20 December 2010
FIXTURE REARRANGED
The match at Curzon Ashton postponed on Saturday has now been rearranged for Monday 11 April, kick-off 19:45hrs.

18 December 2010
CURZON OFF
Snow and a frozen pitch have combined to cause today’s match at Curzon Ashton to be postponed.

17 December 2010
CURZON INSPECTION
With a frost forecast for overnight, a local referee will carry out a pitch inspection at Curzon Ashton tomorrow morning at 10:00hrs ahead of the match scheduled against Chester in the afternoon.

15 December 2010
CUP EXIT FOR BLUES
Chester were knocked out of the Evo-Stik League Cup 2-0 at Newcastle Town last night. This was the fist time the Blues have failed to score in a match this season ad was their second defeat in a week following the home reverse at the hands of Radcliffe Borough on Saturday.

Kyle Wilson had a goal disallowed midway through the first period for offside, moments later Alan Nagington gave Chris Sanna no chance in the Chester goal as he fired the home side ahead.

Chester, who were once again guilty of missed chances, fell two behind four minutes after the restart as Wayne Teague headed Newcastle’s second and deservedly book an away tie at Chasetown in the third round.

14 December 2010
CAPACITY INCREASED
Chester have had their ground capacity increased by a further 10%, it is now running at 75% with a current capacity of 4,168. The increase, following a meeting with the Safety Advisory Group, comes on the back of a lot of hard work by the supporters, stewards and club officials.

STRIKER SIGNS
The club have signed 21-year-old striker Michael Clarke from Woodley Sports. He has already netted nine goals for the east Cheshire side in the league and cup this season and has been watched by manager Neil Young for some time.

13 December 2010
POOR BLUES DEFEATED AT HOME
Chester suffered their second home league defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten 3-2 by Radcliffe Borough. The Blues defence, without the suspended captain George Horan, looked shaky throughout, but appeared to have salvaged a point after twice coming from behind through striker Michael Wilde, only to lose to a sucker goal in stoppage time.

Radcliffe, who looked sharper and showed more desire during the 90 minutes deserved their win. Manager Neil Young, who picked up the Manager of the Month award prior to the kick-off said: “There was no strength from us, no bullying, no physicality. We weren’t getting in faces, being strong, winning headers and making tackles. We let them boss us.”

“It’s very disappointing after the break we’ve had that the majority of players put in performances that were just not acceptable.”

Young will be looking for his team to bounce back tomorrow night when they travel to Division One South side Newcastle Town in the second round of League Cup, kick-off 19:45hrs.

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Picture © Evening Leader

10 December 2010
RADCLIFFE GAME SET TO GO AHEAD
Unless there’s a sudden change in the forecast tomorrow’s home game against Radcliffe Borough looks set to go ahead, kick-off 15:00hrs. It’s a Christmas themed day at the ground and a chance to also stock up from the club shop for those last minute presents.

Radcliffe currently lie 19th in the league with 13 points from 15 matches. Their last outing was in the League Cup that saw a 1-0 win at Lancaster City. Their previous three league games in November saw a home defeat to Woodley Sports (2-3) a 5-2 defeat at AFC Fylde and a high scoring 3-3 draw at Witton Albion.

The clubs last met (under our previous guise) in the FA Cup back in October 2002 when Chester City ran out 4-2 winners in the fourth qualifying round.

9 December 2010
AWAY TIE FOR BLUES
Chester have been given an away tie in the quarter final’s of the President’s Cup. They will travel to play AFC Fylde at Kellamergh Park on Wednesday 26 January, kick-off 19:45hrs. The tie will be played to a conclusion on the night with extra-time and penalties available if needed.

The other ties played the night before are:
Belper Town v Harrogate Railway Athletic
Lancaster City or Skelmersdale v Curzon Ashton
Newcastle Town v Glapwell

NEW DATE
Following last night’s postponement Chester will now host Woodley Sports on Wednesday 30 March, kick-off 19:45hrs.

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7 December 2010
WOODLEY SPORTS MATCH POSTPONED
Tomorrow night’s League game against Woodley Sports has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. There is no new date for the game as yet.
3 December 2010
CLITHEROE MATCH POSTPONED
Saturday’s League game at Clitheroe has been postponed. A rearranged date for the match at Shawbridge will now take place on Tuesday 1 March, kick-off 19:45hrs. All other fxtures in the First Division North tomorrow have also been postponed.

Weather permitting the Blues will be back in action on Wednesday night when they entertain Woodley Sports in a League match, kick-off 19:45hrs.

SARCEVIC RECALLED BY CREWE
Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic has been recalled by Crewe Alexandra from his loan spell with the Blues. The popular midfielder scored two goals in seven appearances while at the club and has returned to Alex as the Cheshire side have no cover for their weekend clash against Wycombe Wanderers.
2 December 2010
MANAGER SCOOPS AWARD
Neil Young has been named Manager of the Month for November. During the month Chester won three league matches including a top-of-the-table clash against Skelmersdale 4-0, and also progressed to the quarter finals’s of the President’s Cup following a 3-0 home win over Sutton Coldfield Town.

Young will be presented with a magnum of champagne and a certificate before the home match against Radcliffe Borough on 11 December.

Picture © Evening Leader


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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