The victory over Ashton United
proved a more comfortable affair. Once again Chester
got their noses in front early with a tap-in from
Anthony Dudley on two minutes following good work
down the left by Craig Mahon. It was 2-0 on 32 minutes
with Steve Howson bundling the ball over following
HOME DOUBLE LIFTS BLUES
Back to back home victories over Alfreton Town
and Ashton United have seen Chester rise into
the play-off places. Saturday’s game against
Alfreton had everything with two penalties, two
red cards and a last gasp Gary Roberts winner.
The Blues got off to a flying start with Roberts
converting from the penalty spot in the opening
five minutes following a foul on Craig Mahon.
It wasn’t long though before Town’s
new signing Reece Styche took advantage of a static
Blues defence to race through and score past Grant
Shenton. The visitors took the lead on 20 minutes
with Bobby Johnson scoring from a direct free
kick past a static Shenton.
The visitors were reduced to ten men with James
Clifton shown a red card for a foul on Gary Stopforth.
Stopforth was clattered again minutes later by
Nathan Hotte who was perhaps lucky to receive
only a yellow from referee Benjamin Speedie.
Twenty minutes into the second period Chester
brought on Mani Dieseruvwe for his debut and moments
later the Blues were level as the on-loan striker
won the ball before finding Mooney who in turn
fed Roberts who sent an unstoppable 25-yard half
volley into the roof of the net.
Seven minutes from
time Steve Howson was harshly sent off following
a clash with ex-Blue Craig Hobson. Shenton pulled
off a great save to deny Bateson before the Blues
were awarded a dramatic penalty in the 94th minute
following a trip on Dieseruvwe. Roberts saw his
spot-kick saved by Ramsbottom only for Roberts
to knock in the rebound and complete his hat-trick
and the 3-2 victory.
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
The visitors offered no threat on the Blues goal
in the opening 45 minutes but came more into the
match in the second period following a couple of
substitutions and both Matt Chadwick and Sam Sheridan
went close for the Robins. Chester added a third
goal on the hour mark when Dudley scored with an
overhead kick from a Dan Mooney corner. Mahon headed
Chester’s fourth goal following a a fine right
wing cross from Mooney. Ashton scored a consolation
in added time through Bradley Jackson.
table after Ashton match
25 October 2018
Chester have take on 23-year-old Salford City striker
Mani Dieseruvwe on a one month loan. He played under
managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley for
the Ammies last season and his parent club will
be paying all his wages while he plays at Chester.
22 October 2018
NEW NUNEATON DATE
Chester have rearranged the home match against Nuneaton
Borough for Tuesday 6 November, kick-off 19.45hrs.
The home FA Cup First Round Youth Match against
Barnsley will take place on Thursday 1 November,
kick-off 19.30hrs. Admission prices are £5.00
for adults and £2.00 for concessions and children.
MOONEY LOAN EXTENDED
Dan Mooney has had his loan from Fleetwood Town
extended to the end of the season. The winger has
scored five goals in 11 appearances for the Blues
so far this season.
17 October 2018
YOUTH CUP PROGRESS
The Youth Team progressed to the first round of
the FA Youth Cup with an impressive 4-2 deserved
victory at Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.
The young Blues took the lead through a Cain Noble
penalty and further goals from Louis Hayes, Stuart
Crilly and Lloyd Marsh-Hughes put the Blues through
to a home tie with Barnsley which must be played
before 3 November, and could be played in front
of a bumper crowd.
Academy coach Calum McIntyre told the Chester Chronicle:
“It was the best one yet in the FA Youth Cup.
We talk about what we spend at youth level in comparison,
these (Hartlepool) still have Football League status
at youth level. Understand what that means. They
are several levels above us, just like Wrexham were,
just like Bolton were and just like Fleetwood were.
At what point do we get a real level of respect
for what we’ve achieved? It is the best one
because it is away from home.”
“We’d never beaten a Football League
side away from home. Since I took over this is the
21st FA Youth Cup tie and we have won 16 of those
ties in 90 minutes, drawn three of them and gone
on to lose in extra time and lost only two in 90
minutes. We took Chesterfield to penalties and Oldham
to extra time.”
“Nobody will give us a chance against Barnsley.
Please come and get behind us and support the lads.
If we put a donation bucket out then please put
a couple of pounds in it or whatever you can. We
are doing something here on nothing.”
INJURY BLOW FOR HUGHES
Matty Hughes looks set to be sidelined for the rest
of the season after his injury at home to Hereford
was diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament
following an MRI scan.
Hughes said: “I turned and just felt it pop
and I knew that something wasn’t right but
I was expecting it to be something minor. But there
was swelling and I went for an MRI and the results
got sent back to the club and they told me it was
really bad news and that I’ve torn my ACL.
It looks like I’m going to need surgery and
that means six months before I can even start thinking
about kicking a ball again.”
8 October 2018
BLUES DUMPED OUT OF THE CUP
Chester were knocked out of the FA Cup at the fourth
qualifying round stage on Saturday when they lost
4-3 at Dunston UTS, the lowest ranked side left
in the competition. The Blues also had Danny Livesey
sent off with the score at 2-2. The Blues had fallen
behind as early as the second minute through Liam
Brooks and after creating several chances finally
drew level on 35 minutes through a smart Deane Smalley
header. A goal of real quality from Dan Mooney on
the stroke of half-time gave Chester an interval
As at the start Dunston started the second period
on the front foot and soon leveled through a Mark
Fitzpatrick penalty following a foul by Scott Burton.
Livesey was then given his marching orders for a
foul on Fitzpatrick.
Andrew Grant-Soulsby headed the hosts into the lead
before Mooney again got on the scoresheet to level
matters, firing home from the edge of the box, in
an end-to-end game.
The winning goal came from Fitzpatrick who raced
clear of the Blues defence to score past Grant Shenton
from out wide to put the home side through to the
next round and a home tie with neighbours Gateshead
as well as the 315,000 prize money.
Joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “Fair
play to them but some of the individual performances
and sloppy play with which we gave the ball to them
was really terrible.”
I don’t want to take anything away from
them and the way they attacked us from minute
one which was fantastic and a breath of fresh
“It’s an amazing
achievement, fairytale stuff, and I know how their
manager will be feeling now and how the club are
gong to be feeling over the next few days with the
cup draw. We’re walking away with our tail
between our legs and it’s not good enough
Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
5 October 2018
YOUTH CUP SUCCESS
Chester overcame local rivals Wrexham 3-2 in the
FA Youth Cup to earn themselves a trip to Hartlepool
United in the third qualifying round on 16 October.
The Chester scorers were Danny Edwards and Tom Ruffer
(son of former player Carl) who scored with two
headers from corners in the final 15 minutes to
secure the memorable victory in front of a crowd
Youth team manager Calum McIntyre was full of praise
for his youngsters: “Obviously we are delighted,
I think it was a tough test. You look at where Wrexham
are and the level of football they play, I don't
think many on the outside would have given us a
“But I thought we were excellent in both boxes
and worthy of victory. I am delighted for my players
and you seen what it means to them at the end.”
BLUES MOVE FIFTH
Chester’s 3-0 defeat of hereford on Tuesday
night saw them move into fifth position in the league
and extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.
Matty Hughes gave the Blues the lead on 16 minutes
and goals from John Pritchard (72) and Deane Smalley
(87) wrapped the points up.
Chester have been drawn away to Southport in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Chester rue their missed chances as they are beaten by a late goal on their first visit to Leamington.
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