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SEPTEMBER
30 September 2019
YOUTH TEAM VICTORY

The Youth Team came from behind to win at Chorley 3-2 in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup tonight. The Blues had been 2-0 at half-time but a goal from Regan Rubin followed by a brace from Will Goodwin saw the side through to victory after forcing extra-time.

Chester: Schofield, Kucharski, Burke, Hall (Buckley 74), Bell, Hampson, Ruffer, Harrison (Johnson 106), Turner (Young 46), Goodwin, Rubin (Sutton 100). Subs not used: Atton, Woodburn, Gibson.

BLUES SHARE SIX GOALS
Chester and Leamington fought out a 3-3 draw on Saturday. The Blues twice came from behind and rescued a point with a superb late free-kick from Matty Waters. Chester fell behind on 15 minutes as March poked the ball home from six yards following a long throw-in into the box. Chester leveled four minutes later through James Jones who headed home a Joel Taylor corner. Leamington missed a great chance to restore their lead as March missed a penalty after the striker had been fouled by Jones.

Chester started the second half with a goal inside the first minute as George Glendon scored his first Blues goal shooting low past Weaver following an Anthony Dudley lay-off. Leamington soon restored parity as a looping Edwards header beat Russell Griffiths.

Twelve from time Kaiman Anderson beat the Blues defence to the ball and scored past Griffiths to restore the visitors' lead. It looked like all three points were going back to the Midlands, but as the game entered stoppage time a foul on Simon Grand allowed Waters to fire home the free kick off the underside of the bar to rescue a point that leaved Chester in second place in the table.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Table after Leamington draw

24 September 2019
GARY STOPFORTH

The football club have issued a statement after 32-year-old midfielder Gary Stopforth appeared in court today and was found guilty of drink-driving, fined and banned for driving for two years.

The club issued the following statement: “As a club, Chester Football Club take matters such as this very seriously and the incident has been dealt with and concluded internally. Gary is aware of the expected standards of behaviour from him and that his actions fell well below this.”

The midfielder also issued a statement that read: “I am very conscious of the fact that I have let down a lot of people by my actions, which I deeply regret. I have to try to make up for a terrible error of judgement and I intend to do so, first by accepting the fine and punishment handed down by the court and subsequently by my actions.”


“Drink driving is a very serious offence and there is no excuse for what I have done. The club has been very supportive throughout this process and I want to concentrate now on my responsibilities to the Club and work hard to get back in the team.”

23 September 2019
FA CUP DRAW

Should Chester win their replay at Altrincham on Tuesday night they will face an away tie at Halesowen Town in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

The Blues drew 1-1 with the Robins on Saturday having got off to a perfect start with a goal from Matty Hughes after just two minutes but an equaliser on 75 minutes from Josh Hancock forced the game to a replay at Moss Lane on Tuesday, kick-off 19.45hrs. Both Scott Burton (eye) and Joel Taylor (groin) were subbed at half-time through injury and both goalkeeper Russell Griffiths and defender Danny Livesey needing treatment that saw the game eventually finish after 11 minutes of stoppage time.

21 September 2019
YOUTH TEAM PROGRESS

The Youth Team got their FA Youth Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 4-1 victory at Clitheroe in the First Qualifying Round. The home side took the lead before two goals apiece from Will Goodwin and Reagan Rubin put the Blues through to the next round and an away tie at Chorley.
17 September 2019
FRIENDLY DEFEAT

The Blues were beaten 5-3 in a friendly at AFC Fylde on Monday afternoon. The game saw a number of fringe players get valuable minutes on the pitch. Chester led 3-1 at half-time through goals from Danny Elliott, Iwan Murray and Stuart Crilly.

Chester: Trialist, Waters, G.Roberts, Jones, Trialist, Morgan, Crilly, Trialist, Waring, Elliott, Murray. Subs: Noble, Trialist.

16 September 2019
HAT-TRICK FOR ASANTE AS BLUES MOVE UP

Striker Akwasi Asante bagged himself the match ball as his hat-trick guided Chester to a third successive 3-1 victory, this time at Telford United, which moved the Blues to second place in the table a point behind leaders York City. Hot property Asante has now scored 11 goals in 5+3 appearances this season.

Backed by a traveling support numbering 775, Chester struck first in the 11th minute. Asante had already gone close shooting just wide following good approach play from Bradley Jackson, when he rose to head home Matty Hughes’ right wing cross. The Blues began to dominate and doubled their lead 11 minutes later. A defence splitting through ball from the excellent Joel Taylor saw Asante through on goal, his initial shot his the post but he slammed home the rebound as Chester took a two goal lead into the break, and received a tremendous reception from their fans as they left the pitch.

A fine save from Andy Wycherley at the feet on Asante denied the striker a third goal but it duly arrived on 62 minutes as Jackson’s burst of pace down the right saw him cross, the ball was partially saved by Wycherley but only into the path of Asante who coolly found the net before grabbing the ball and sticking it up his shirt.

Russell Griffiths made a great save with his legs to deny Darry Knights, but on 69 minutes substitute Lewis Reilly headed home unmarked to reduce the arrears. Ten minutes from time Chester were down to ten men as Jamie Morgan, who had deputised at right back well for the injured Kevin Roberts was given a straight red card for a heavy tackle on Chris Lait.

A delighted joint manager Anthony Johnson said after the game: “We look like we’re getting better. Each performance looks like we’re getting better. Some of the football that we played was sublime, absolutely fantastic. You’ve got a 34-year-old and 35-year-old centre back pairing that have never played out from the back before and they're looking like Baresi and Maldini.”

“It’s funny how it has flipped, the scores and the confidence of both teams (from last season). We did it against Hereford on Bank Holiday when it was a big crowd and to do it again today, with the noise they were making from the warm-up right through. We love it, it’s a great place to be at the minute and we’re all embracing the stuff. It’s a good place to be at the minute.”

Johnson dedicated the win to Jim Betts, a Chester volunteer who died last week. The victory moves Chester up to second place. Next Saturday the Blues take a break from the league when they entertain Altrincham at home in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, kick-off 15.00hrs.

Picture © Rick Matthews

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9 September 2019
FA CUP DRAW

The Blues have been given a home tie against Altrincham in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The tie is scheduled to take place on Saturday 21 September. The two sides have already met this season in the league at Chester when Gary Roberts equalised in stoppage time to earn a draw.
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
Chester will play Runcorn Town away in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup competition. The tie will take place on Wednesday 23 October, kick-off 19.45hrs.
CHESTER REMAIN THIRD
Two more goals from Akwasi Asante and a third from Anthony Dudley gave Chester a comprehensive 3-1 victory over third placed Guiseley at home on Saturday. The visitors scored a late consolation goal. The win leaves Chester third behind King’s Lynn Town and York City who both drew at the weekend. Next up is the short trip to AFC Telford United on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs, where the Blues are sure to have a large following of support. Chester may well be without defender Kevin Roberts who injured a hamstring on Saturday.
4 September 2019
BLUES BACK TO WINNING WAYS

In front of another impressive away following, Chester got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory a Curzon Ashton on Monday night to move third in the table. Like Saturday, Chester got off to a dream start with Matty Hughes opening the scoring on five minutes following fine build up play from Joel Taylor, George Glendon and Simon Grand whose header set-up the midfielder to find the back of the net.

The Nash drew level midway through the half through a Matt Regan header after Chester had failed to fully clear a corner, it was the home side who following their equaliser finished the fist half on top.

However Chester were quick off their marks following the interval and two goals in the first six minutes set up their fifth victory of the season. Akwasi Asante netted from 12 yards from a Bradley Jackson cross on 47 minutes, and just four minutes later defender Kevin Roberts headed a home a Taylor corner giving Cameron Mason no chance in the home goal.

Both sides went on to create and miss chances in the second period but Chester held firm.


Picture © Rick Matthews

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3 September 2019
STOPFORTH INJURY

Midfielder Gary Stopforth looks set to be out for up to six weeks with a medial ligament strain to his knee, the good news is, following a recent scan, he won’t need an operation and the injury is not as bad as the one that ruled him out for much of last season. Meanwhile Gary Roberts could return to the side for the clash against fourth placed Guiseley on Saturday, following the injury he picked up in the win at Kidderminster Harriers.
2 September 2019
LIVESEY SEES RED

Danny Livesey was sent off in bizarre circumstances at Spennymoor Town on Saturday as the Blues were beaten for the first time this season. With gary Roberts and Gary Stopforth ruled out through injury, Chester gave a debut to 24-year-old midfielder George Glendon who signed on a short term deal 24hrs before.

Akwasi Asante had given Chester a seventh minute lead latching onto a through ball before rounding home ‘keeper Matt Gould and slotting the ball home. Livesey was shown a yellow card late in the first half and received a second one for entering the field of play (following an injury) without the referee Dean Hulme’s permission just before half-time.

A mistake by Russell Griffiths in goal, who allowed a shot from Andrew Johnson to slip through his legs, allowed Moors an equaliser seven minutes into the second period and with the game deep into stoppage time Taylor tapped home from close range to grab three points for the hosts.

Following the defeat joint manager bernard Morley said: “I have to be careful what I say. We’ve been robbed. What happens to a referee performance that I’ve watched today? Does he get a fine? Does he get suspended? I can’t tell him he’s had a bad game because he'll send me off, Jonno can’t tell him he's had a bad game, for the same reason, and certainly the lads can’t criticise what he’s done because he gets his cards out.”

“How that’s managed in terms of what I’ve watched today I’d be interested to see going forward. If you’re a centre half with a 6ft 5ins centre forward backing in and you come off with a massive gash on your eye, how is that a foul the other way?”

“He goes off the pitch, gets treatment and gets strapped back up. He then believes the referee waved him back on, he then comes on the pitch, play then starts and the referee obviously hasn’t noticed him and gives a foul against him again and thinks ‘wait a minute, I’ve not asked you to come back on’ and then sends him off. It doesn’t make sense what's happened.”

The defeat sees Chester drop two places to fifth in the table. They have a chance to bounce back on Monday night when they visit Curzon Ashton, kick-off 19.45hrs. The red card for Livesey will see him miss the home clash on Saturday with Guiseley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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