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DECEMBER
29 December 2017
MATCH OFF
The home game against Hartlepool United tomorrow has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
27 December 2017
BLUES BEATEN BY RELEGATION RIVALS
Chester were beaten 2-0 at home by Guiseley on Boxing Day. The Blues looking to put some points on the board and move towards safety, found themselves a goal down after just six minutes with Callum McFadzean's 25-yarder putting the Lions in front.

Just eight minutes later it was 2-0 as James Roberts scored from a tight angle to put the game beyond Chester. The home side were reduced to ten men on 35 minutes as Lathanial Rowe-Turner was given a straight red card for a challenge on former Chester loan player Roberts.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
15 December 2017
REARRANGED FIXTURE
The away league game against AFC Fylde, postponed due to their FA Cup involvement, will now be played on Tuesday 9 January, kick-off 19.45hrs.
12 December 2017
LOANED OUT
Young midfielder Tom Crawford has joined Liam Davies on loan at Northern Premier League Division One South side Leek Town for a month.
HUGE WIN FOR BLUES
It wasn’t a great spectacle but Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over bottom of the table Solihull Moors was a huge boost for the Blues. A scrappy encounter between two sides threatened with relegation was decided by a Ross Hannah goal on 78 minutes, the striker coming off the bench to head home from a corner to seal the three points and claim his sixth goal of the season. Chester remain in the bottom four but gained vital ground on some other clubs around them.

Great work by a band of volunteers ensured the game went ahead after the pitch had been cleared of snow. Manager Marcus Bignot gave debuts to three players, Sam Hornby in goal, forward Daniel Udoh, and in defence there was a first senior league start for academy graduate James Jones. Reece Hall-Johnson also made a comeback following injury.

Chester struggled in the opening 45 minutes with little creativity in midfield, Andy Halls and Hall-Johnson with the only real efforts of note. Tom Shaw replaced Halls for the second half and Chester began to get control in the middle of the pitch. Shaw and Dawson both went close before Hannah grabbed the winning goal after Ryan Astles had flicked on a Dawson corner to him. The visitors were reduced to ten men late in the game with Darren Carter seeing red following a challenge on Lucas Dawson.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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10 December 2017
NEW SIGNINGS
Manager Marcus Bignot has made two more loan signings ahead of the home game against fellow strugglers Solihull Moors on Saturday. In comes Sam Hornby a goalkeeper from Port Vale on a one month loan.

Joining him is 21-year-old Daniel Udoh a striker who joins from Crewe Alexandra thanks to donations made through the Squad Builder fund. Udoh has made 15 first team appearances for The Railwaymen.

2 December 2017
FA TROPHY
The home FA Trophy match against AFC Fylde on Saturday 16 December will be played to a conclusion on the day. Trophy rules allow both clubs to agree to play 30 minutes extra time followed by a penalty shoot out to decide the tie rather than schedule in a replay, and both Chester and Fylde had agreed to this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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