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MATCH REPORTS 2021/22

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MAY
Bradford Park Avenue (H) | Brackley Town (A)
Saturday 7 May
Brackley Town 0 Chester 0
National League North
Attendance: 955 (133 Chester) Half Time: 0-0
Booked: Sargent.

Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Lopes, Murombedzi, Lomas, Cullinane-Liburd, Prosser, Richards, Mitford (Lowe 65), Gordon (Ndlovu 65), Walker (Armson 81). Subs not used: Worby, Rolt.
Chester: Stanway, Roberts, Grand, Weeks, Livesey, Glendon, Stephenson, Burke, Dackers (Sargent 65), Heywood, Simmonds. Subs not used: Gray, Fitzpatrick, Williams, Roache.
Referee: O’Connor.


Danny Livesey makes his 100th, and final start for Chester, and the Blues give a senior debut to Ollie Heywood as Chester complete their season with a goalless draw at Brackley Town.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Final League Table | Match photographs |

Monday 2 May
Chester 4 Bradford (Park Avenue) 0
National League North
Attendance: 1,899 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Stanway, Roberts, Livesey (Williams 88), Grand, Fitzpatrick, Burke (Sargent 85), Weeks, Glendon, Apter, Dackers (Simmonds 71), Stephenson. Subs not used: Gray, Roache.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Sykes-Kenworthy, Ross, Hinds, Odunston, Havern, Fielding (Windass 75), Knight, Toulson, Dockerty (Clee 70), Johnson, Hopper (Mottley-Henry 55). Subs not used: Hall, Ragan.
Referee: M.Corlett.


The Blues and Steve Watson signed off the home campaign in style at the Deva as they thrashed Bradford PA 4-0.

It could have begun horribly however when Kev Roberts scuffed a back pass to Stanway and Lewis Knight latched on to it for the visitors. But Stanway advanced and blocked the forward’s shot on the edge of his area. Roberts shortly made amends as he beat Johnson down the right and crossed. The ball looped up off a defender and was headed on by Glendon. Dackers shielded it for Apter to strike inside the left post to give City the lead.

Earlier in Watson’s tenure, Chester had run rings round Bradford at the Horsfall Stadium only to contrive to lose the game one-nil. The Blues were in no mood to be as profligate this time and Danny Livesey, making his swansong at the Deva having announced his retirement earlier, had the ball in the net soon afterwards. It was disallowed for a push on a defender however and the score remained 1-0 at half-time with Chester having had most of the attacking play. But Avenue had pressed City’s defenders high up the field and threatened as the ball was passed around the back on a bumpy and at times unpredictable pitch.

City did indeed double their lead six minutes into the second half after Dackers found Apter on the right. The winger’s shot was saved by Sykes-Kenworthy but Roberts, lurking in unfamiliar territory, tapped the rebound home.

After this Avenue capitulated as City came forward again and again and might have had a bag full of goals along with the two more that they did manage. Apter had a field day and should have added to his tally when he dribbled through almost the whole Bradford defence. Livesey finished a move by striking a shot that the keeper deflected on to the crossbar. Weeks in particular gave a masterclass of midfield play. As he picked his way into the Bradford area and shot, his effort was blocked on the line and Dackers, as the ball ran loose, scored City’s third.

Weeks was not to be denied a mention on the scoresheet though. He added a fourth when Stephenson crossed from the left and he saw his first shot saved before picking up the loose ball and walking it into the net from a tight angle.

The match ended in carnival atmosphere as the Harry Mac chanted that if Livesey scored they would be on the pitch. Danny had to be content not with a goal but a standing ovation and the Man of the Match award as he was withdrawn a couple of minutes before the final whistle to bring down the curtain on his Deva Stadium playing days.

As the final whistle went, first children and then all and sundry went on to the pitch to salute the players. Dackers was surrounded with youngsters seeking selfies with him whilst Stephenson was enveloped by a posse singing his song. It was a bitter-sweet ending given the uncertainty caused by the news this week that Watson will not be staying at the Deva after this season. Perhaps this was the last we would see in blue and white stripes of many of these players, no-one knows at the moment. At least what has been in many ways a disappointing campaign ended at home in the sun with a good win.

Only a trip to Brackley on Saturday awaits – with nothing important on the line – Gateshead secured the championship today.

Colin Mansley


Picture © Rick Matthews

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