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14 November 2017
MIDFIELDER JOINS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 21-year-old Wolverhampton Wadnerers midfielder Ryan Rainey on a short term loan. Rainey has played at both under-18 and under-23 level for Wolves.
13 November 2017
CHAPELL OUT ON LOAN
Jordan Chapell has joined Stalybridge Celtic on loan until January 2018. The winger has made nine appearances for Chester this season and joins up with former manager at Bower Fold Steve Burr.
9 November 2017
DERBY DESPAIR FOR BLUES
Despite plenty of second half possession and hitting the woodwork twice, Chester were unable to break down a stubborn Wrexham defence on Wednesday night. A crowd of just over 4,000 saw the Blues start brightly but saw Reece Hall-Johnson hobble off with a hamstring injury after 25 minutes. The Blues were denied a penalty as Lathaniel Rowe-Turner’s header was clearly handled by former player Chris Holroyd but referee Thomas Bramall waved play on. The only goal of the game came a minute before half-time when Shaun Pearson headed home past Alex Lynch from a free-kick.

Chester had plenty of the ball after the break and saw Lucas Dawson hit the post with a low drive and James Akintunde hit the cross bar with another long range effort and with seven minutes to go substitute Harry White headed Andy Halls’ cross over from ten yards with his first touch of the match. Ryan Astles also came close in the dying minutes but couldn’t get enough power on his shot following a Paul Turnbull through ball.

Captain Astles, who needed stitches in a foot injury at half-time, told the Chester Chronicle: “We didn’t deserve to get beat, but on the other hand we didn’t test their keeper. One set piece has won the game. We had chances but didn’t test the keeper. I don’t think they have had a shot, really. The only shot they had was the goal. It’s hurt us all and we are all gutted because we know we shouldn’t have got beat and at least took a point. But it’s hard to say things after the game. There’s no way we should have got beat. We’re all gutted in there.”

Chester are next in action on Saturday 18 November when they travel to play Bromley on their artificial pitch, kick-off 15.00hrs. This is followed on Tuesday by another long trip to visit Leyton Orient (19.45).

5 November 2017
SECOND HALF FIGHT BACK BRINGS POINT
Chester came from 2-0 down to grab a point with a fine comeback at Eastleigh on Saturday. Manager Marcus Bignot had to reshuffle the side following injuries to Paul Turnbull and John McCombe. The Blues had fell behind in the second minute from Ben Williamson who drove the ball through a crowd of players after the Blues defence had failed to clear a cross. Ross Hannah almost equalised 60 seconds later but his effort was cleared off the line. On the stroke of half time Kingsley James side footed the ball wide from close range following a fin left wing cross from Lathanial Rowe-Turner.

The Spitfires doubled their lead on 51 minutes with Gary McSheffrey glancing home a header at the near post. Nine minutes later Chester were back in the game as James pulled a cross back for James Akintunde to score high into the roof of the net. Chester were pushing for the equaliser as the game entered the final stages. Lucas Dawson shot just over the bar from the edge of the area and Ryan Astles saw a header scrambled away. Two minutes from time Dawson swung over a left wing corner and Astles rose to head past goalkeeper Ross Flitney into the bottom corner and secure the valuable point.

Saturday’s match was the only one played in the league. Chester remain in the bottom three but have now caught Barrow in 21st spot and are one point from safety.
Manager Bignot praised his players fighting spirit after the game: “I’ve got to say a massive ‘thank you’ to the the players’ characters. To be 2-0 down, and the timings of the goals as well, and what we’ve experienced the past couple of games, it really pulled on their mental strength to come from two goals down to get a point. But as anybody who watched that game would say, we deserved the three points.”

The Blues are next in action on Wednesday night when they host neighbours Wrexham in an all-ticket televised match, kick-off 19.45hrs. Match tickets are still available to buy online from the club website here.

Table after Eastleigh draw

3 November 2017
GOALKEEPER SIGNS
Chester have signed former Solihull Moors goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan. The 36-year-old shot stopper played for Moors against Chester last month and had made 12 appearances for them this season. Vaughan won the National League player of the month award in August after scoring for Solihull Moors against Torquay United from his own penalty area.

YOUTH TEAM OUT OF THE CUP
The Youth Team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup 3-1 at Hartlepool United last night, the Chester goal came from Cain Noble. The young Blues had reached the first round stage following wins at AFC Fylde and Altrincham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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