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16 October 2017
ANOTHER EASTLEIGH DATE
With both sides out of the FA Cup, the away game at Eastleigh will now take place on Saturday 4 November, kick-off 15.00hrs. Admission to the game for Chester supporters is free.

15 October 2017
WOEFUL BLUES DUMPED OUT OF FA CUP
Chester were beaten 2-0 at Conference North side Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round the the FA Cup. The Blues turned in a lackluster performance for the whole 90 minutes as the home side, better in every department, ran out worthy winners to book their place in the first round draw. Chester never looked like scoring and fell behind on 20 minutes when Emmanual Sonupe reacted first to score after an Elton Ngwatala shot that had rebounded off the far post.

The Blues had one real opportunity to equalise in the second period but Jordon Chapell was unable to find the target with a free header from six yards out following good work by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. Ten minutes from time Harriers got the crucial second goal as Joe Ironside headed a Sonupe cross in off the post.

Around 200 of Chester's 500+ support stayed behind after the match to voice their anger at the pitiful display on the players who had been brought back onto the pitch by manager Marcus Bignot.

Bignot said: “Some people said I should have brought the players off, but why hide? They have got to face up to it. We have got great supporters and it was never going to be a case of stewards being worried that this could escalate, no, they were voicing their opinion. They have every right, they have paid their hard-earned money and have every right to voice their opinion, and I believe my players should hear that opinion.”

“Too many players - and I’m talking players in football - get in the car, go home and don’t care. So we go back to character and let’s hope they do care and that we see a response on Saturday. This can’t become a common theme, hopefully it’s just a blip, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that it’s just a blip.”

“We need to go full-time and I’ve told the boys it’s going to be a full-time programme starting from Monday. It has to be. You can’t expect to compete at National League level, never mind in the North, where there’s six or seven professional teams. We have to be full-time, and once we get full-time that takes any excuses away from the players. If we get performances like that after we’ve gone full-time then they’ll see a different side to me.”


“But at the moment I’m not going to rip shreds off them because I need them. I’m going to need every single player because this is the group we’ve got.”

Chester are back in action on Saturday with a home game against Boreham Wood, kick-off 15.00hrs.



Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
13 October 2017
DERBY STRIKER SIGNS ON LOAN
20-year-old Derby County striker Offrande Zanzala has joined Chester on a one-month loan. The Congo-born player has been recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury which forced him to sit out all of last season.

The Blues have also signed former Southport goalkeeper Ryan Crump on non-contract terms.

10 October 2017
WREXHAM SWICH
The home game against Wrexham will now be televised by BT Sport and has been moved to Wednesday 8 November, kick-off 19.45hrs.

9 October 2017
INSPIRED LYNCH SAVES BLUES
A series of fine saves from man of the match Alex Lynch helped Chester to a 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. The home side dominated for much of the match but found the Blues’ No1 in inspired form as he denied Rovers time and time again.

Nearly 1200 Blues fans made the short journey up the Wirral and manager Marcus Bignot was full of praise for them after the game: “I’ve never heard my name sung so much in all my football career. They were superb and if we would have lost I would have been absolutely devastated for them, never mind the players.”

Despite the point the Blues remain in the bottom four, though have a game in hand. Next Saturday they take a break from the league when they travel to Kidderminster Harriers in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, kick-off 15.00hrs. Harriers currently lie 12th in the Conference North.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

Table after Tranmere match

7 October 2017
EASTLEIGH DATE
The rearranged away fixture at Eastleigh will now take place on Tuesday 31 October, kick-off 19.45hrs.

6 October 2017
YOUTH SUCCESS
The Youth team came from behind to 3-1 at AFC Fylde in the FA Youth Cup last night Lloyd Marsh-Hughes, Iwan Murray and Cain Noble were on the scoresheet for Chester. The side now travel to Altrincham in the third qualifying round.

4 October 2017
WOKING DEFEAT
Chester were beaten 2-0 at home last night by Woking. It was a disappointing showing from the Blues against a side who now move into the top three of the division. Kane Ferdinand headed The Cards in front on 10 minutes. The nearest the Blues came to an equaliser was when Ryan Astles saw an effort hit the post and roll along the line before being cleared. Moments later though a poor Andy Halls back pass was intercepted by Jamie Philpot who beat Alex Lynch to add the second goal and kill off any hopes of a Blues comeback.

2 October 2017
AWAY DRAW IN THE FA CUP
Chester will travel to Conference North side Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. The match will take place on Saturday 14 October. Harriers reached this stage with a 1-0 win at Newcastle Benfield on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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