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28 February 2019
STOCKPORT MATCH

With Stockport County reaching the semi-final of the FA Trophy, the home league game against them scheduled for Saturday 23 March has now been rearranged for Tuesday 9 April, kick-off 19.45hrs. Note that this match will be ALL TICKET.

VICTORY FOR IMPROVED BLUES
Chester put Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Bradford (Park Avenue) behind them last night with a 2-0 home victory over Blyth Spartans. Goals from Craig Mahon and George Waring in the second half ensured that the Blues remain in eighth spot, just outside the play-off positions.

A delighted joint manager Anthony Johnson said after the victory: "It was a complete performance, we’ve beaten a good side there that has given us a walloping. You don’t beat Blyth without every single player being on it. We’ve had good chances and I’m made up for the lads.”

“They took some criticism from me and Bernard and the supporters, and rightly so, but what they showed is what we have believed all along. The reason we get upset with them is because we know how good they can be. That was the first time we have been able to put the same XI out for God knows how long and they have been fantastic and I'm made up for them.”

“We didn't allow them out and our press was like it was four or five months ago, like it was against Boston. If sides want to come on our patch and try and play and dictate then it's not going to happen. But to do that then all the lads have to be on it. The work rate and intensity off the ball was brilliant.”

Chester will be looking to improve on their dreadful away form when they travel the short distance to play-off rivals Altrincham on Saturday. The Robins sit one place above Chester with a game in hand, and are looking for the double after a 2-1 success at Chester in mid-November.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Current league table

25 February 2019
EARLY GOAL STUNS BLUES
Chester’s poor away form continued when they were beaten 2-0 at promotion chasing Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday. The Blues conceded after just 30 seconds as Jake Beesley headed home Lewis Knights looping cross with many players believing the cross had gone out of play.

Chester created several chances for themselves the best falling to Anthony Dudley and also had appeals for a penalty following a foul on George Waring waived away as they pressed for an equaliser.Ten minutes before half-time Beesley added a second goal capitalising on a mistake by Bradley Jackson to race through on goal and beat Grant Shenton at the second attempt after the ‘keeper had parried his initial shot.

17 February 2019
FOUR GOAL BLUES SINK BOSTON
Chester bounced back from their miserable defeat at Kidderminster with a much improved performance that saw goals from Akwasi Asante, Anthony Dudley, Craig Mahon and a first for George Waring bring three vital points and the double over the Pilgrims on Saturday.

13 February 2019
CUP EXIT

Despite fielding a strong side, Chester were beaten 1-0 at Nantwich Town in the quarter final of the Cheshire Senior Cup last night in front of a crowd of 272. The only goal of the game came for the Dabbers in the last minute as Danny Glover bundled the ball home from close range after Blues ‘keeper Connor King had saved a Steve Jones effort.

Chester were forced to play nearly half the match with ten men after George Green received a straight red card for a foul on Ricardo Fuller two minutes before the break. It was the midfielder’s second red card of the season and he will now serve a three match ban. Joint manager Bernard Morley said: “I’m disappointed and a little bit gutted for George, but we’ll look at it and if it’s worth an appeal then we’ll appeal.”

12 February 2019
BLUES WELL BEATEN AT KIDDERMINSTER

Despite a well taken goal from Akwasi Asante on his return from injury, Chester’s run of poor form continued as they were well beaten at play-off rivals Kidderminster Harriers.

Asante gave the Blues the lead at Aggborough on 37 minutes but a well struck equaliser from Declan Weeks and a goalline header from a corner by Joe Ironside gave the home side the half-time advantage.

Harriers had a goal disallowed before Ryan Johnson and Ed Williams found the net in the second period to wrap up a comfortable victory for the home side.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson was critical of his teams effort, he told the Chester Chronicle: “It’s difficult to put into words without effing and jeffing and being aggressive. It’s not acceptable. You come to Kiddy, a full-time side, you’re 1-0 up with seven minutes until half time and concede two disgraceful goals.”

“Second half you are looking for a response and we saw a response, it was the opposite of what we were looking for. It is not acceptable from any of us, from Bernard and me through to everybody else that was not acceptable, that.”

We got the goal and their supporters were abusing their players and singing anti Kiddy songs and you think ‘brilliant, let’s get to half time. Then we go and concede two of the most disgraceful goals I can imagine. One where a marker loses the man he marks and another where players are just looking at the ball.”

“For 65 minutes of that game what pains me and hurts me is that we haven’t shown desire. Not often I can say that about our sides. We’re wallowing in self pity. We are looking to stand up and get hold of it and there is nothing, it's a disgrace.”

We get an hour a week on hour pitch (at the Swansway Chester Stadium) to try and work on what our identity is. But even in the first half when we were 1-0 up that isn’t what we play like, that's not us. The way we get back to where were were three months ago is a long journey, it doesn’t just happen.”

“We’re miles away. That was a shambles, and that is coming off the back of two other defeats. That isn’t off the back of five wins and thinking ‘don’t worry about it’. That was an absolute disgrace of a performance from us. Whether it was the team picked, the shape, it’s not acceptable.”

League table

Picture © Rick Matthews

4 February 2019
NEW BLYTH DATE

Chester’s rearranged home game with Blyth Spartans will now take place on Tuesday 26 February, kick-off 19.45hrs.

JUNIOR BLUES TAKEOVER DAY
The home league game against Boston United on Saturday has been designated Junior Blues Takeover Day an initiative run by the Chester FC Community Trust. All juniors aged 17 and under will be give free admission to this match and are encouraged to bring as many friends of theirs to support the initiative.

The Junior Blues boasts a membership of 400 and their members will be helping the club with a number of roles on the day that include:

- Management Team
- Community Trust Mascot Co-Ordinator
- Media Team
- Match Photographer
- Groundsman
- Chairman / Director - includes Boardroom Duty
- Tannoy Announcer
- Commercial Matchday Team
- Seals Live (Matchday Summariser)
- Matchday Ticket Office
- Stadium Safety Team

Junior Blues members wishing to take part, should email juniorblues@chesterfc.com with the job roles that you are interested in, together with your age and contact details by Friday 8 February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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