RIVALS CLOSE IN ON BLUES
2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town on Saturday leaves Chester
just a point above the drop zone. With Southport
and Aldershot picking up points the Blues remain
in 19th place, a point above Aldershot Town and
Hereford United and two above Dartford. Oumare Tounkara
opened the scoring for the Mariners on 15 minutes.
A minute later Craig Hobson had an equaliser ruled
out for offside. Aaron Chapman saved a Scott Nielson
penalty to keep the scoreline at 1-0 at the break
after a lacklustre opening period from the Blues.
Substitute Andy Cook made it 2-0 with a close-range
finish four minutes from time before James Caton
pulled a goal back for Chester in stoppage time.
Manager Steve Burr said after the defeat: “We
had a go but I was a bit disappointed with our first
half because we gave Grimsby a bit too much respect.
I said one or two words at half time and changed
one or two things, and I couldn’t ask any
more effort and commitment from the lads.
was obviously bitterly disappointed to lose. We
knew it was always going to be a tough game. I
thought we improved a lot in the second half and
could have maybe got something out of the game.
The only positive I can take out of the game is
the fact that they had a go in the second half.”
Chester must prepare themselves for the visit of
local rivals Wrexham on Saturday. The all-ticket
match has a 12.00 kick-off. All of the other sides
near the foot of the table play 24 hours earlier.
for our relegation rivals
Southport: Gateshead (A), FC Halifax Town
(H), Welling United (A)
Salisbury City (H), Woking (A), Hereford United
Hereford United: Tamworth
(A), Alfreton Town (H), Aldershot Town (A)
Braintree Town (A), Tamworth (H), Nuneaton Town
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
11 April 2014
With Dartford, Hereford United and Aldershot
Town all picking up three points in the week, and
Southport picking up a home point also, the fight
to avoid relegation is looking like it may even
go down to goal difference on the last day of the
season. All five teams in contention for two relegation
places have four matches left, Chester remain in
19th spot but have the worst goal difference (just)
of the five.
Chester have a tough run-in starting with a trip
to third placed Grimsby Town tomorrow. The Marriners
lost 1-0 at Dartford last night having made ten
changes to the side that dew 2-2 at home to Woking
on Tuesday. The Blues will be without the suspended
Matty Brown while striker Gareth Seddon is a doubt
with a broken big toe.
10 April 2014
SKIPPER BACK IN TRAINING
George Horan is back in training after recovering
from an ankle operation. He last played in the home
Cheshire Senior Cup defeat against Macclesfield
Town in mid February. Manager Steve Burr will check
on the 32-year-old’s fitness before deciding
whether he’ll be able to join the squad for
Saturday’s tough away match at play-off chasing
7 April 2014
BAN FOR BROWN
Defender Matty Brown has been given a three
match ban following his red card on Saturday, he
will miss the matches against Grimsby Town Wrexham
and Cambridge United.
BLUES HANG ON FOR THREE POINTS
were left desperately hanging on for victory over
Hyde on Saturday. The Blues held a 3-0 lead early
in the second half with goals from Gareth Seddon,
Craig Hobson and a Josh Brizzell own goal but gave
away two needless free-kick’s on the edge
of the box both of which were well converted by
Adam Blakeman. In between these defender Matty Brown
was given a straight red card for needlessly throwing
the ball at an opponent and panic set in from then
onwards as Hyde carved out two great chances to
grab an equaliser including a missed header from
three yards out and a stoppage time effort that
was deflected wide.
The Blues could have taken the lead in the first
30 seconds with Seddon missing a one-on-one with
the Hyde ‘keeper Kettings, but the striker
made amends by opening the scoring on 15 minutes
with a well executed lob over the ‘keeper.
The lead was doubled on 23 minutes as Brizzell
headed a through ball back over Kettings into
his own net.
Hobson extended Chester’s lead five minutes
after the restart heading home Rooney’s right
wing cross and all seemed well before the nerve-racking
last half hour. Andy Griffin was introduced for
his debut on 65 minutes to add some experience to
the defence who were looking far from comfortable
as bottom-of-the-table Hyde pressed for a third.
But Chester survived the final period, with obligatory
five extra minutes stoppage time to take advantage
of slips by other teams in the relegation fight
to move up to 18th. The team are not in action now
until Saturday with a tough trip to third placed
Grimsby Town. Fellow strugglers, Southport, Hereford
United, Aldershot Town and Dartford are all in midweek
action playing their games in hand over the Blues.
after Hyde match
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
2 April 2014
ACADEMY OPEN DAY
The club’s youth academy are holding
an open day at Deva Stadium this Sunday. This gives
everyone the chance to see the academy teams play
a full fixture against North West Elite Academy,
a school for talented footballers. The matches start
with the under 8 and 9 sides as 09.30hrs and will
run through the day until the under 16s play the
final match at 17.30hrs. Entrance to the occasion
is free to all and there will be a raffle on the
day to raise funds and a chance to win signed first
The club are holding a Race Night tomorrow
night in the Blues Bar at 19.30hrs. Tickets are
priced at £3.00. the organisers are looking
for race event sponsors £100, individual race
sponsors £25 and horse sponsors £5.
Before Saturday’s home match against
hyde the CFU are holding another 5km sponsored walk.
The walk starts from the ground at 11.00 and moves
up Sealand Road, down Ferry Lane past the river
and back to the ground. Registration is from 10.00hrs
at the club.
sponsored form | Non
walking sponsored form
Last year’s walk raised over 35,000 for the
club which was split between the Youth Development
and a Wheelchair Supporter Viewing project.
The club have announced that tickets for
the home game against Wrexham on Saturday 19 April
(kick-off 12.00) will go on sale following the match
against Hyde on Saturday.
Tickets are limited to two per person and a residency
proof of ID must be shown at the time of purchase.
Season Ticket holders do not need to purchase an
extra ticket for the game but just present the relevant
voucher from their season ticket book on the day
of the match. After Saturday’s ticket sales,
the club will be open for the purchase of tickets
from 10.00 on Monday 7 April until 16.00hrs. Further
opening dates will be announced after that when
an idea or numbers of remaining tickets are known.
No tickets will be sold after Thursday 17th April.
The club have put aside 50 tickets for the forthcoming
Wrexham game for CFU Exiles members. If you are
a CFU Exile (ie you are a member of CFU and live
outside of a Chester or North Wales postcode area),
then contact the club about making a postal application
for a ticket.
They are allocating those Exiles tickets to members
on a first-come-first-served basis. For more details
ring the club on 01244 371376. You will need to
get your application off ASAP.
|BAN FOR BROWN
Defender Matty Brown has been given a three match suspension following his red card on Saturday.
Chester are held at home 0-0 and remain 20th after a scrappy derby match with Wrexham.
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