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OCTOBER
8 October 2018
BLUES DUMPED OUT OF THE CUP

Chester were knocked out of the FA Cup at the fourth qualifying round stage on Saturday when they lost 4-3 at Dunston UTS, the lowest ranked side left in the competition. The Blues also had Danny Livesey sent off with the score at 2-2. The Blues had fallen behind as early as the second minute through Liam Brooks and after creating several chances finally drew level on 35 minutes through a smart Deane Smalley header. A goal of real quality from Dan Mooney on the stroke of half-time gave Chester an interval lead.

As at the start Dunston started the second period on the front foot and soon leveled through a Mark Fitzpatrick penalty following a foul by Scott Burton. Livesey was then given his marching orders for a foul on Fitzpatrick.

Andrew Grant-Soulsby headed the hosts into the lead before Mooney again got on the scoresheet to level matters, firing home from the edge of the box, in an end-to-end game.

The winning goal came from Fitzpatrick who raced clear of the Blues defence to score past Grant Shenton from out wide to put the home side through to the next round and a home tie with neighbours Gateshead as well as the 315,000 prize money.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “Fair play to them but some of the individual performances and sloppy play with which we gave the ball to them was really terrible.”

“But I don’t want to take anything away from them and the way they attacked us from minute one which was fantastic and a breath of fresh air.”

“It’s an amazing achievement, fairytale stuff, and I know how their manager will be feeling now and how the club are gong to be feeling over the next few days with the cup draw. We’re walking away with our tail between our legs and it’s not good enough from us.”


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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5 October 2018
YOUTH CUP SUCCESS

Chester overcame local rivals Wrexham 3-2 in the FA Youth Cup to earn themselves a trip to Hartlepool United in the third qualifying round on 16 October. The Chester scorers were Danny Edwards and Tom Ruffer (son of former player Carl) who scored with two headers from corners in the final 15 minutes to secure the memorable victory in front of a crowd of 631.

Youth team manager Calum McIntyre was full of praise for his youngsters: “Obviously we are delighted, I think it was a tough test. You look at where Wrexham are and the level of football they play, I don't think many on the outside would have given us a chance.”

“But I thought we were excellent in both boxes and worthy of victory. I am delighted for my players and you seen what it means to them at the end.”

BLUES MOVE FIFTH
Chester’s 3-0 defeat of hereford on Tuesday night saw them move into fifth position in the league and extend their unbeaten run to eight matches. Matty Hughes gave the Blues the lead on 16 minutes and goals from John Prichard (72) and Deane Smalley (87) wrapped the points up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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