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16 November 2014
ROONEY STRIKE SEALS WIN

A John Rooney special brought three points from Saturday’s entertaining match against a good Gateshead side. Rooney struck on 68 minutes with a powerful shot from the edge of the area that gave Adam Bartlett in the Heed goal no chance.

Chester had their own ‘keeper Jon Worsnop to thank for a breathtaking save in the dying minutes to deny substitute Jon Shaw an equaliser from close range. The victory lifted Chester back into 14th spot ahead of next Saturday’s home clash with Bristol Rovers.

A delighted manager Steve Burr said: “It was a great finish from John but that’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s the type of quality he can bring to a game and I’m really delighted to get the three points because I think Gateshead are the best side I’ve seen this season.”

“Both sides want to play out from the back and try to start with the ball and finish with the ball ending up in the back of the net. Gateshead are a good side and we had to do things tactically at half time to nullify their three in the middle and I thought it worked very well for us.”

League table after Gateshead game

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
14 November 2014
BARNSLEY DATE

The FA Cup second round match at Barnsley will take place on Sunday 7 December, kick-off 14.00hrs.
12 November 2014
CHESTER RUE MISSED CHANCES

The Blues were beaten 3-1 at Macclesfield Town last night. Despite creating a host of chances and missing a penalty when the score was 0-0, two goals in the final five minutes of the first half gave The Silkmen the edge and they extended their lead to 3-0 soon after the restart. Ben Heneghan pulled a goal back for Chester on 54 minutes and loan players Rhys Oates and Josh O’Keefe both came off the bench for their debuts in the second half, but Chester were unable to beat home ‘keeper Rhys Taylor who produced a series of fine saves to deny Chester for the remainder of the match.

League table after Macclesfield game
ENGLAND CALL FOR JAMES
Midfielder Kingsley James has been called up for the England C Squad to face Estonia U23s in an International Challenge Trophy game to be played on Tuesday 18 November at The Shay in Halifax. James joined Chester from Hereford United on a one year deal in the summer and has been an ever-present so far this season.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

11 November 2014
DUO SIGN ON LOAN

Chester have signed two players on loan in time for tonight’s match at Macclesfield Town. Striker Rhys Oates has signed from Barnsley until 20 December while midfielder Josh O’Keefe has signed from Kidderminster Harriers on a two month loan deal.
10 November 2014
AWAY TRIP FOR CHESTER

Chester have been drawn away to League One side Barnsley in the second round of the FA Cup. The match will be played over the weekend of 5-8 December. Barnsley thrashed Burton Albion 5-0 at home on Saturday in the first round in front of a crowd of 5,158.
BLUES THROUGH TO ROUND TWO
Chester created one of the FA Cup shocks of the weekend when they knocked League Two side Southend United out 2-1 at Roots Hall.

Just over 300 Blues fans made the trip to Essex and they were rewarded with the opening goal after just five minutes as Ben Heneghan headed home Peter Winn’s right wing free kick.

A foul by John Rooney on John White saw the home side equalise through Barry Corr from the penalty spot.

Six minutes after the break a Heneghan pass set up Craig Mahon who fired home from the edge of the box to give the Blues a lead they held onto until full-time. It capped a memorable weekend for Mahon whose wife gave birth to twins the day before.

Following the victory manager Steve Burr said: “To get ourselves in front and then have the setback of a penalty, it was a clear cut penalty, I thought it was going to be difficult for us but we showed a lot of character and it’s great to get through and again it was a great following from the supporters.”

“I think it was about hard work and determination to get through along with some good passing. I thought we played well and I thought we moved the ball about well. They closed us down quickly and it’s harder then to move the ball but I thought it was a really good performance.”

The draw for the second round will take place live tonight on BBC2 at 19:00hrs, The Chester ball is number 24.

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Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
7 November 2014
EXTENDED STAY FOR TOURAY

On-loan Everton defender Ibou Touray has had his loan period extended until the end of the season.
5 November 2014
HUGHES LOAN EXTENDED

Chester have extended the loan of striker Matty Hughes for another month. The Fleetwood Town played has proved a hit with three goals in five matches but was sent-off in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Eastleigh and will now receive a three match ban. The club have stated that they will not be appealing against the red card decision.

Manager Steve Burr said: “I’m delighted that Matty Hughes is staying with us for another month as he has made a big difference in his time with us. Both Matty and Fleetwood are happy for him to stay here, which is great news for us. He has given us the movement and a bit more up front, much like Matty Taylor did for us during his loan spell here last season.”
3 November 2014
CHESHIRE CUP EXIT

A young Chester side were knocked out of the Cheshire Senior Cup in the Preliminary Round 3-1 at North West Counties League side Runcorn Town. Ibou Touray scored the consolation goal for Chester in the second half.

Chester: Roberts, Disney, Touray, Harrison, Morris, Savin (K.Evans 46), Menagh, Riley, Peers, Blake, Greenhop. Subs not used: S.Hughes, Christopher, J.Evans, Soarisbrick.
1 November 2014
HUGHES SENT-OFF AS BLUES CRASH AT EASTLEIGH

Striker Matty Hughes was sent-off as Chester scored two late goals in losing 3-2 at Eastleigh on Saturday. The Hampshire side were the better of the two in the opening half and went ahead through Ben Strevens on 25 minutes before Hughes and the home side’s Dean Beckwith were sent off. Stuart Fleetwood doubled Eastleigh’s advantage on the hour mark from the penalty spot before McAllister made it 3-0 five minutes later. Sean McConville pulled a goal back for Chester on 78 minutes while Kingsley James made it 3-2 in added time.

Manager Steve Burr said: “Eastleigh haven't lost at home all season, they are a strong side with experienced players who have played Conference football and Football League experience so we know how difficult it was going to be but I was pleased how we kept going.”

“ Our lads never give up and our fitness levels are good and we’ve showed that again. We never know it’s over until the final whistle and we keep going and as I say perhaps with a little bit more care with our finishing we’d have not just got a point but maybe three points.”

League table after Eastleigh game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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