LATE GOAL SINKS BLUES
Chester dropped to tenth in the league following
Saturday’s late 2-1 home defeat by Gateshead.
Jordan Preston gave the visitor’s the lead
on 12 minutes which they held comfortably, without
adding to their advantage, until half time.
It was different story after the break with Chester
responding well and they drew level on 52 minutes
thanks to a Simon Grand header, from George Glendon’s,
cross finding the net. Both sides had chances to
win the game but the breakthrough came four minutes
from time as Grand’s back pass was intercepted
by substitute Macaulay Langstaff who scored to give
The Heed all three points.
Joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “He’s
just made a mistake and we’ve been punished.
It’s a difficult one, what we want to be in
terms of playing out from the back comes from him.
Unfortunately, he’s made a big mistake and
the lad has scored, he knows that.” “Grandy
is the way that he is, we can’t coach a 36-year-old
centre back what’s right and wrong. It’s
the nature of his game, he’s admitted he should’ve
cleared it, but he thought better. He’s done
it before and he’ll do it again, hopefully
not in the last few minutes and it won’t cost
us the game.”
“They were miles better than us first half,
miles better. When we went up there last year, I
thought they were the best team we’ve played
against. That is a well-coached team, they’re
full time, got a manager who’s played in the
Premier League, they’re a good side.”
Chester are back in home action again on Tuesday
night when they welcome 16th placed Alfreton Town,
photos | League
26 November 2020
CLUB PREPARE TO WELCOME BACK FANS
news today that Chester (Cheshire West & Chester)
has been placed in Tier 2 from next Wednesday, means
the club are now in a position to welcome back a
limited number of socially-distanced supporters
to matches. The aim is to admit fans to the home
game against Hereford on Tuesday 8 December. There
is much to sort out before then though.
The club released the following statement today.
“Following today’s announcement that
Cheshire West & Chester has been placed in Tier
2, Chester Football Club can now look forward to
welcoming our fans back to the Deva Stadium.
A significant amount of work
has already been undertaken in preparation for
the safe return of supporters. The club will review
the updated guidance in conjunction with the National
League and the Safety Advisory Group to determine
the socially distanced capacity and gain approval
for the new matchday protocols.
Subject to the above, it is
hoped a limited number of supporters will be permitted
to attend the home match with Hereford on Tuesday,
Your absence has been greatly
felt over the last nine months and we will provide
further updates over the coming days in preparation
for your return. This will include arrangements
for collecting season ticket cards and we wish
to remind supporters the ticket office remains
closed at present.
Our overriding priority is the
health and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff,
players and fans, and this guides every decision
we make. Please continue to keep safe, follow
the latest Government guidelines and play your
part in reducing the infection rate across Chester
& Cheshire West.
Thank you for your continued
support and understanding.”
25 November 2020
BLUES DRAW AT FARSLEY
Chester moved up to eighth in the league following
last night’s 2-2 draw away at Farsley Celtic.
George Glendon gave Chester a fifth minute lead,
converting from close range after Danny Elliott
had seen an effort saved, before the hosts equalised
with an unstoppable shot from Will Hayhurst. James
Spencer then gave the hosts the lead on 27 minutes
only for Paddy Lacey to score his first goal for
the club heading home from a corner routine to level
matters seven minutes before the break.
After an eventful first 45 minutes neither side
could go on after the break to press home an advantage.
CHester are back in action on Saturday with a home
game against Gateshead. The Heed are in sixth place
following a 1-0 win over league leaders Gloucester
City last night.
Picture © Rick Matthews
23 November 2020
The home game against Guiseley has now been re-arranged
and will take place on Tuesday 5 January 2021, kick-off
22 November 2020
BLUES RETURN WITH A POINT
Chester returned from their enforced period of isolation
with a hard earned point at Brackley Town on Saturday.
The Blues took the lead on 51 minutes as Jordan
Cullinane-Liburd headed through his own goal from
a Bradley Bauress corner. The lead lasted ten minutes
before Matt Lowe found the bottom corner of the
net to equalise from the edge of the box. Two booking’s
in thee minutes saw defender Joel Taylor sent-off
late in the game but the Blues rearguard held firm
for a point.
The draw saw Chester drop to 10th in the table though
it has a lopsided look with some sides having played
ten matches and others just four! The team are back
in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Farsley
Celtic, kick-off 19.45hrs. The match is being streamed
live by Farsley for a cost of £5.00, details
Picture © Rick Matthews
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20 November 2020
TREVOR PHILLIPS 1952-2020
striker Trevor Phillips has sadly passed
away at the age of 68. He was the club’s
record signing when Alan Oakes bought him
from Hull City for £35,000 in March
1980 and went on to make 82 league and cup
appearances for the club, in two separate
spells, scoring 13 goals.
The away game at York City has now been re-arranged
and will take place on Saturday 5 December, kick-off
17 November 2020
The home game against Hereford has now been re-arranged
and will take place on Tuesday 8 December, kick-off
16 November 2020
The away game at Farsley Celtic has now been re-arranged
and will take place on Tuesday 24 November, kick-off
6 November 2020
PLAYERS AND STAFF FORCED TO SELF ISOLATE
Due to a number of the first team squad testing
positive for Covid-19 today, all the players and
backroom staff have been sent home to self isolate.
The next four games against York City (A), Hereford
(H), Guiseley (H) and Farsley Celtic (A) have been
postponed. The next scheduled game should be at
Brackley Town on Saturday 21 November, kick-off
HEREFORD MATCH BACK ON
Following a series of negative Covid-19 tests carried
out by Hereford, the Bulls have been given the all
clear to continue playing and next Tuesday’s
league match at Chester has been reinstated, kick-off
5 November 2020
YOUTH TEAM KNOCKED OUT
The youth team were beaten 3-2 at Carlisle United
last night in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth
Cup. The home side took an early lead and were two
up after 19 minutes. Tyler Sutton pulled a goal
back on 31 minutes but the Cumbrians scored a third
to lead 3-1 at half-time. Will Harrison pulled a
goal back for Chester on 65 minutes but the young
Blues were unable to find an equaliser.
Chester: Smith, Buckley, Buckley-Benbow
(Bell 35), Hughes (Walters 88), Harrison, Sloane,
Turner, D.Lowe, Giani (Packer 76), Sutton, Heywood.
Subs not used: Hansen, Taylor, A.Lowe.
2 November 2020
HEREFORD MATCH POSTPONED
The home game with Hereford on Tuesday 10 November
has been postponed as the Hereford players are in
a period of Covid-19 related isolation.
ASANTE HAUNTS BLUES
Former player Akwasi Asante struck in the dying
minutes to give Gloucester City all three points
over Chester on Saturday. After a goalless first
half on the 4G pitch, The Tigers took the lead on
58 minutes through Liam Daly heading home from a
free-kick. Chester made a triple substitution with
nine minutes remaining and it was one of these,
Anthony Dudley, who drew the Blues level with just
four minutes remaining. Just two minutes later through
a through ball was flicked through to the onrushing
Asante who gave Louis Gray no chance from close
With Elite Sport given the go-ahead by the Government
during the November lockdown, Chester will be back
in action on Saturday when they travel to York City,
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