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8 February Chester
2 Blyth Spartans 1
National League North
Attendance: 1,751 Half Time: 1-0
Chester: Griffiths, Grand, Jones, Taylor,
K Roberts, Burton, Glendon, Johnston, Jackson (Waters
90), Hughes (Dudley 75), Asante. Subs not used: G Roberts,
Stopforth, Ngwatala. Blyth Spartans: Hemming, Devitt, Blaney,
Hunter (Evans 57), Sanders, Thackray (Harmison 82), Scott,
Hawkins, Langstaff, Waddington, Dale (Sweet 57). Subs
not used: McKeown, Wrightson. Referee: Richard Holmes.
Goals from Akwasi Asante and
James Jones bring three welcome points for the Blues.
1 February York City
4 Chester 2 National
Attendance: 3,543 (677 Chester) Half Time: 3-1
Booked: Morgan, Dudley.
York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Ferguson,
Newton, McNulty, Tait, Moke, McLaughlin, Burrow, Green
(Bond 85), Willoughby (Maguire 73). Subs not used: Langstaff,
Kempster, King. Chester: Griffiths, Grand, Livesey, Taylor,
Morgan, Glendon, Ngwatala (Jones 52), Burton (Stopforth
67), Asante, Johnston (Dudley 67), Jackson. Subs not used:
G.Roberts, K.Roberts. Referee: Scott Tallis.
the first time this season Chester suffered back to
back defeat’s as they lost 4-2 at promotion rivals
York City, the Minstermen completing the double over
the Blues in the process.
Following the midweek defeat at Gateshead managers Bernard
Morley and Anthony Johnson made several changes to the
starting X1 with Gary Roberts, Kevin Roberts, Anthony
Dudley and Gary Stopforth starting on the bench. Taking
their place were Jamie Morgan, Scott Burton, Elton Ngwatala
and George Glendon.
Nearly 700 Blues fans made their last trip
to Bootham Crescent, the hosts move to a new ground
shortly. It was the home side who started on the front
foot with two efforts in the opening minutes that saw
Willoughby clear the bar on both occasions.
The home pressure told though and York opened the scoring
on nine minutes with former Blue Sean Newton heading
home from close range following a corner. Within six
minutes Chester had drawn level, Ngwatala won a loose
ball and fed it to Akwasi Asante, the Blues striker
in turn set up Jamie Morgan who shot low and hard past
Peter Jameson in the York goal.
The home side restored their lead midway through the
half as the Blues defence again failed to clear a corner
allowing Kieran Green to head past Russell Griffiths.
Chances for Chester were few and far between with Danny
Livesey wasting the best one heading wide from a Glendon
corner ten minutes before the break. Five minutes from
half-time York added a third as Willoughby met a Green
cross to score past Griffiths from close range.
Chester pulled a goal back on 54 minutes as Glendon
met Joel Taylor’s cross but before the Blues could
attempt to push for an equaliser York re-established
their two-goal lead as Newton went on a mazy run before
shooting at goal. Griffiths partially cleared his effort
but the ball fell to Newton who crossed for Willoughby
to head home.
Jamie Morgan was given a second yellow card and hence
his second red card of the season as Chester finished
the last 20 minutes with ten men.
With Boston United picking up three points Chester dropped
to fourth place. Next up is a must win home game against
struggling Blyth Spartans on Saturday.