started brightly against a Blyth side that arrived late
at the stadium following traffic problems on the A1.
Dan Mooney had the first effort of goal seeing a shot
from a Criag Mahon cross saved by Peter Jameson.
Despite plenty of possession, chances for the Blues
were few and far between with a deflected Bradley Jackson
cross being the nearest Chester got to goal.
Anthony Dedley saw an effort saves by Jameson’s
legs early into the second period,
Chester were finding it hard to break through but on
67 minutes a fine Jackson through ball found Mahon who
complsed himself before cooloy slotting the ball past
Chester pressed for a second goal and seven minutes
later it arrived as Scott Burton’s free kick was
met by George Waring who notched his second goal for
the club and secure all three points.
got off to the worst possible start as they looked for
the double over promotion chasing Bradford (Park Avenue).
The Blues found themselves a goal down after just 30
second as Matty Waters was dispossessed by Lewis Knight,
his deep cross tot he far post looked to have gone out
of play before Jake Beesley headed home as most of the
players around him had stopped play as referee Lewis
Smith confirmed the goal.
Despite the early setback Chester
responded well. George Waring had appeals for a penalty
following a challenge by home 'keeper Charlie Andrew
turned down and Anthony Dudley should have done better
than shoot straight at Andrew with time on his hands.
Dan Mooney forced a fine save low down from Andrew and
Waring sent a header just wide as Chester pressed.
Ten minutes before the break, and somewhat against the
run of play Bradford doubled their lead. Bradley Jackson
lost the ball to Beesley on the half way line, the striker
ran through on goal and although Gary Shenton saved
his first effort the striker scored the rebound with
Chester offered little in the second half. Waring and
Danny Livesey both headed over from corners. Iwan Murray
and Lloyd Marsh-Hughes were brought on and Chester showed
a little more urgency up front. MUrray saw a long ranger
effort hit the bar and Livesey saw a header from a corner
cleared off the line but the home side held firm as
Chester suffered their eighth lead defeat on
the road this season.
16 February Chester 4 Boston United 1 Conference National North
Attendance: 1,648 Half Time: 2-0
Chester: Shenton, Waters, Jackson, Livesey,
Howson, Mahon, Mooney (Marsh-Hughes 84), Roberts (Green
82), Burton, Asante (Waring 46), Dudley. Subs not used:
Thomson, Murray. Boston United: Willis, Davies, Jackson,
Thanoj, Harris, Qualter, Wright (Wafula 77), Wroe, Allott
(Johnson 84), Rollins, Walker (Walker 67). Subs not used:
Parkin, Slew. Referee: Matt Corlett.
returned to winning ways with an emphatic victory to complete
the double over fellow play-off chasing Boston United.
The Pilgrims made the better start and had shouts for
a penalty in the fifth minute waived away following a
challenge on Ray Rollins. Minutes later Gavin Allott saw
an effort cannon back off the post with Grant Shenton
well beaten – a let off for Chester.
The Blues sparked into life, Matty Waters saw an effort
saved before Akwasi Asante gave the Blues the lead midway
through the half as Steve Howson headed on Gary Roberts’
cross for the striker to force the ball home from close
The woodwork came to Chester’s rescue again as Nicky
Walker’s low shot struck the upright and rebounded
On the stroke of half-time Chester doubled their lead
through the industrious Anthony Dudley who latched on
to Craig Mahon’s cross to shoot past George Willis
into the top corner.
Chester were forced to replace the injured Asante with
George Waring at the break. Chester continued to dominate
and on the hour mark made the game safe with a third goal
as Mahon collected a long Shenton clearance to advance
and shoot past Willis.
Boston reduced the arrears soon after through a well struck
free-kick from Ben Davies, but there was to be no comeback
as Chester replied immediately with a fourth goal through
Waring who headed in Dan Mooney’s inviting cross
to seal the three points and round off an entertaining
12 February Nantwich
Town 1 Chester 0 Cheshire Senior Cup Quarter Final
Attendance: 272 Half Time: 0-0
Booked: Waters, Burton.
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. Saturday
9 February Kidderminster Harriers 4 Chester
1 Conference National North
Attendance: 1,769 (323 Chester) Half Time: 2-1
Booked: Waring, Thomsom.
of Chester’s away games this season have followed
a familiar pattern, where the 90 minutes of football have
spoilt what was otherwise a great day out. This visit
to Kidderminster, which started with the Exiles meeting
in the excellent King and Castle pub at the Severn Valley
Railway station, was typical of that experience.
Once my day out started with a £5.50
meal deal of a cheese cob, pint of Bathams real ale
and a packet of ‘real’ crisps, it was only
going to be downhill from there. As I tucked into my
cob, I told my fellow Exiles this would probably be
the highlight of my day – and indeed it was!
The team news on arrival at Aggborough
was promising, with Akwasi Assante making a welcome
return to the starting XI. Anthony Dudley, Craig Mahon
and Matty Waters were also featuring – to make
four changes from the defeat at Spennymoor. Most of
the 323 travelling fans were relishing the attacking
formation, but it proved hard for the yellows to make
any impact in the game's opening spell.
Chester won a couple of corners in
the first half hour but – despite the threatening
presence of George Waring – they came to nothing.
Kidderminster, who had the bulk of the opening possession,
had a couple of chances themselves. But neither side
came close to scoring until a moment of magic from Asante
lit the game up.
A defence-splitting pass from Dudley
was well taken by Asante, and Kidderminster goalkeeper
Brandon Hall had no chance to stop his strike finding
the net. But just five minutes later there was a flash
of brilliance at the other end when a Declan Weeks shot
proved unstoppable, and the hosts were back on level
However, the 1-1 scoreline didn’t
last long, as Kidderminster went into the break 2-1
ahead following a Joe Ironside header from a well-taken
corner. Sadly, it had all looked so different just a
few minutes earlier.
The second half didn’t
start particularly promising for Chester, with barely
any threat made in the opening 20 minutes. Lloyd Marsh-Hughes
came on for Waring on the 68th minute, but it was the
hosts who were soon on target again.
Liam McAlinden, who had been a midfield
handful throughout the game, put a number of threatening
balls into the box and one of these led to the Harriers
going 3-1 ahead. The man who put the game beyond Chester’s
reach was Ryan Johnson.
There was no way of coming back from
3-1 down, and insult was added to injury when Ed Williams
fired home past Grant Shenton just before the end of
the 90 minutes to seal another disappointing away performance