TWO MORE FORWARDS
Chester have signed former Ipswich Town player
James Alabi untl the end of the season. The 21-year-old
forward was relesed by the Suffolk club this week.
He has been on loan at Grimsby Town earlier in the
season when he scored two goals in five appearances.
Meanwhile forward Nyal Bell has joined on a one
month loan from Rochdale.
28 January 2016
Northwich Victoria defender Ryan Astles who
is currently on a one month loan has had his loan
extended until the end of the season. He made his
debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Hyde United
and also started against Southport last Saturday.
Ryan Lloyd has also had his loan from Port Vale
extended until the end of the season.
20 January 2016
CHESTER SIGN GOALKEEPER
Goalkeeper Tony Thompson has signed a deal
to stay at Chester until the end of the season.
Liverpool born Thompson (21) was previously at Morecambe
and left the Lancashire club two weeks ago, he has
been training with Chester since. He made two appearances
for Morecambe and has previously had a loan spell
Leaving the club is Dylan Forth who was released
after playing in last night’s match against
BLUES PROGRESS IN CHESHIRE
be at home to either Warrington Town or Northwich
Manchester Villa in the second round of the
Cheshire Senior Cup following last nights
3-0 win over Hyde United.
Two goals from Sam Hughes and another from
Steven Hewitt saw the Blues coast to victory.
Three players made their debuts in the Chester
shirt, Ryan Astles and youth team players
Kieran Evans and Matty Waters. Oliver Nugent
made a debut later in the game from the subs
Our second round opponents should be known
on 26 January when their tie is played.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
Tom Peers has been recalled from his loan
spell at Hednesford Town. Meanwhile the club will
not be extending the loan spell of Danny Hattersley
who will return to FC Halifax Town at the end of
18 January 2016
FA TROPHY DRAW
Chester have been drawn away to either FC
Halifax Town or Barrow in the third round of the
FA Trophy. The tie will take place on Saturday 6
February with £7,000 prize money. FC Halifax
Town are due to play Barrow tomorrow night.
The full draw:
Torquay United v Truro City or Macclesfield Town
Grimsby Town v Havant & Waterlooville
Gateshead v AFC Fylde
FC Halifax Town or Barrow v Chester
Woking v Oxford City or Cheltenham Town
Dover Athletic v Guiseley
Sutton United v Bognor Regis Town or Altrincham
Bradford Park Avenue or Nantwich Town v Stourbridge
17 January 2016
Chester will play their Cheshire Senior Cup
first round home match against Hyde United next
Tuesday (19 January), kick-off 19.45hrs. The winners
of the tie will be home to either Warrington Town
or Northwich Manchester Villa in the second round.
The away league match at Altrincham that was postponed
on Boxing Day will now take place at Moss Lane on
Tuesday 16 February, kick-off 19.45.
Chester’s progress to the third round of the
FA Trophy on Saturday 6 February will mean that
the scheduled home game against Aldershot Town on
that date will have to be rearranged for later in
BLUES PROGRESS IN TROPHY
goals from Jordan Chapell, Ross Hannah, Jonny
Hunt and Jason Gilchrist gave Chester victory
over Southern League side Hungerford Town
in the second round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The game was much tougher than the scoreline
would suggest with The Crusaders holding their
own during a scrappy first half. However during
the second period the visitors were reduced
to ten men following the dismissal of Scott
Rees for two yellow cards soon after Chapell’s
Two goals in as many minutes from Hannah and
Hunt wrapped up the tie before substitute
Gilchrist added the fourth in the final minute.
The draw for the third round will take place
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
16 January 2016
THOMSON SOLD TO FC UNITED
Following a successful loan spell where he
has scored five goals in eight matches, midfielder
George Thomson has joined FC United of Manchester
for an undisclosed fee.
FULL TIME ROLE FOR YOUTH
Thanks to a sponsorship funding deal from
Swettenham Chemists, Academy Head Coach Calum McIntyre
will now be working full time at the club for the
next six months. The funding will be reviewed after
that period. McIntyre, who is a UEFA Licensed coach
has worked with the youth set-up at the club for
five seasons and will start his full-time role on
Calum said: “I am delighted to be making this
move. I’ve been working with the Youth for
the previous five seasons and have loved every minute.
I’ve worked with so many great people and
players and I’m delighted that I’ve
got this opportunity to develop things further.”
“Our Academy is a huge part of the club and
I’m looking forward to taking it to the next
level. I love this football club and I’m incredibly
grateful to Swettenham Chemists for giving me this
opportunity. I can’t wait to get started and
look forward to producing even more success for
15 January 2016
BLUES LOOK FOR TROPHY SUCCESS
Chester will be looking to progress into
the third round of the FA Trophy on Saturday at
the expense of Hungerford Town. The Blues can expect
a tough game from The Crusaders who currently lie
sixth in the Southern League and beat Corinthian
Casuals 2-1 away in the first round. They are in
fine form having lost just once in their previous
Manager Steve Burr could make changes to the side
that last 3-1 at Aldershot Town in Saturday. The
Blues have won just once in nine league matches,
poor form that has seen them slide towards the relegation
Luke George, who recently took over the captain’s
armband from Ian Sharps told the Chester Chronicle:
“It’s a potential banana skin if you
like but the gaffer will have it in the lads head
that you’ve got give Hungerford respect. They’ve
earned that and they’re in this round for
a reason so we won’t be going out thinking
‘we’ll win this game easily’ and
we'll prepare and be ready to play the game as if
we were playing anyone else.”
The winners of the tie will receive £6,000
in prize money.
13 January 2016
Admission prices for Saturday’s FA
Trophy Second Round home game against Hungerford
Town have been set at £10.00 for adults, £8.00
concession, £5.00 for ages 16 to 19, £2.00
for under-16s and free for children under five.
The reductions were agreed between the two clubs.
12 January 2016
Tonight’s home Cheshire Senior Cup
match against Hyde United has been postponed due
to a waterlogged pitch.
8 January 2016
TWO LOAN SIGNINGS
Chester have signed 21-year-old Burnley forward
Jason Gilchrist on a one month emergency loan, the
striker is getting back to full fitness having broken
his ankle in a pre-season friendly. The Blues have
also signed 22-year-old defender Ryan Astles from
Northwich Victoria on a non-contract basis.
4 January 2015
TWO POINTS DROPPED
were left to rue a string of missed chances as they
drew their home match against Altrincham. In-form
striker Ross Hannah notched his 16th goal of the
season to give Chester a deserved lead after 20
minutes but Robins striker Michael Rankine leveled
matters after beating Jon Worsnop to a cross to
head the equaliser on 60 minutes. The draw saw Chester
slip to 15th with just one league victory in eight
Manager Steve Burr thought he Blues should have
wrapped up the points in the first half. “The
game should have been killed-off at half-time and
I gave the lads a message during the break that one
mistake or lapse of concentration could cost us
and it did.”
“If we had been more clinical then we would
have won the game comfortably because I thought
we were the best team, but if you don't put the
ball in the net then you're not going to win games.
There were lots of chances and our delivery into
the penalty box was excellent but we should have
added to the one goal we got. I expected Jon Worsnop
to punch the ball that came into his area that led
to their goal and I know that he’s disappointed
with it himself.”
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3 January 2016
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
Chester’s home first round Cheshire
Senior Cup match against Hyde United will take place
on Tuesday 12 January, kick-off 19.45hrs.
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