ROONEY STRIKE SEALS WIN
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
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.”
table after Gateshead game
Picture © Rick Matthews
14 November 2014
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.
table after Macclesfield game
ENGLAND CALL FOR JAMES
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.
© 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
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.
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
“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.”
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Picture © Rick Matthews
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
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.”
table after Eastleigh game
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