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NEWS FROM DEVA STADIUM 2022

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NOVEMBER
28 November 2022
CHESTER MARCH ON
Chester notched their fifth away league victory of the season with an impressive 3-1 victory at fourth placed Scarborough on Saturday, in doing so inflicting a first home defeat for the Sea Dogs in over a year. The Blues opened the scoring five minutes into the second half with Karl Hall’s emphatic finish near post following a Iwan Murray corner.

Just after the hour mark Chester doubled their lead with a quick breakaway that saw Kurt Willoughby set up Charlie Caton to score past Joe Cracknell in the Boro goal. The home side pulled a goal back through Ryan Watson before the Blues wrapped up the three points in the final minute with Willoughby accepting a Declan Weeks pass to score his 17th goal of the season.

Chester are back in action on Friday night with a home game against Blyth Spartans, kick-off 19.45hrs. The match was move forward to avoid a possible World Cup clash involving either England or Wales, which in the end didn’t materialise!


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BLUE AND WHITE FANZINE
Issue #31 of the Blue & White fanzine will be on sale this Friday night at the home match with Blyth Spartans. Look out for the sellers outside the club shop/Blues Bar, priced £2.00.
WYLL STANWAY
Goalkeeper Wyll Stanway has been recalled from his loan spell at Bootle and has now joined Macclesfield Town on loan until the end of the season.
23 November 2022
IMPRESSIVE AWAY FORM CONTINUES
Chester won 2-0 at Farsley Celtic last night to move up to fifth in the league. Both goals came in the second half with Kole Hall opening the scoring on 68 minutes. Ten minutes later Farsley were reduced to ten men with Kian Scales given a red card for a late challenge on Joe Lynch. Kurt Willoughby doubled the lead four minutes from time before the home side were reduced to nine men with Tom Allan shown a second yellow card.


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22 November 2022
FA TROPHY DRAW
Chester have been drawn away to Farsley Celtic in the third round the the FA Trophy with the tie scheduled to take place on Saturday 17 December. Coincidentally the two sides meet for a league game at The Citadel tonight, kick-off 19.45hrs.
DARREN STEPHENSON
Forward Darren Stephenson has joined Curzon Ashton on loan until 2 January 2023.
21 November 2022
BLYTH REARRANGED
Chester have confirmed that their home fixture against Blyth Spartans will now take place on Friday 2 December kick-off 19.45hrs.
20 November 2022
WILLOUGHBY BRACE SENDS BLUES THROUGH
Two late goals from Kurt Willoughby, the second in stoppage time, saw Chester come from behind to beat Lancaster City 2-1 in the second round of the FA Trophy on Saturday. Lancaster had been the better team in the opening half and took the lead five minutes before the break through Sam Bailey and were lucky not to double their lead moments later with the crossbar coming to the Blues’ rescue from a Dale Whitham effort. Changes at the break saw Joe Lynch come on along with new loan signing Charlie Caton making his Chester debut. The visitors hit the bar again in the second half with goalkeeper Harry Tyrer reacting superbly to claw the loose ball away from the onrushing Nic Evangelinos.

Minutes later Caton’s through ball sent Willoughby through one-on-one and he beat Waller to equalise. Chester pressed for the winner in the final ten minutes, Jamie Morgan and Alex Kenyon both saw efforts saved before Caton’s flick header sent Willoughby through on goal again, this time he calmly rounded Waller to score in front of a jubilant Harry McNally Terrace.

The draw for the third round will take place at 15.15hrs on Tuesday. The tie will be played over the weekend of Saturday 17 December


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18 November 2022
HUGE INCENTIVE FOR YOUTH TEAM
The winners of the FA Youth Cup Second Round tie between Chester and Bradford City have been handed an away draw at Chelsea in the third round. The young Blues side will play the Bantams at Deva Stadium next Wednesday 23 November, kick-off 19.30hrs.

Admission is pay on the gate, with prices at £3.00 Adults and £1.00 for Concessions and Under 18’s. Once again, for those who can’t get to the match but would like to support the Academy, you can pre-purchase a £5.00 Virtual Ticket from the club. Note this ticket does NOT give access on the night. You can purchase a Virtual Ticket here.

16 November 2022
PENALTY WOES AGAIN FOR BLUES
Chester were beaten 5-3 on penalties at Runcorn Linnets after drawing their first round tie 1-1 after 90 minutes. The home side had taken an early lead through Macauley Clifton on 17 minutes and held that lead until Joe Lynch scored a superb equaliser 15 minutes form time. The was no extra-time played with the match heading straight to a shoot-out. Lynch missed the second Blues spot-kick while Runcorn converted all five to progress to the second round.
15 November 2022
CITY CONCEDE LATE EQUALISER
The Blues were heading for three points and fourth place in the League on Saturday, that was until Louis Hall grabbed a stoppage time equaliser for Leamington. Chester made one change form the side that drew at Banbury with Anthony Dudley, who scored a late equaliser on Tuesday, coming in to replace Joe Lynch. Chances in the first half were scarce with neither keeper really troubled.

Chester took the lead through a Declan Weeks goal on 53 minutes and will rue a couple of missed chances to add a second and take the game away form the Brakes but the visitors struck on the break in the 92 minute to silence the majority of the 2,238 crowd – the highest attendance of the season.


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9 November 2022
LATE DUDLEY GOAL BRINGS POINT FROM BANBURY
A header two minutes form time by Anthony Dudley earned Chester a draw from their first ever meeting with Banbury United. The Blues had taken the lead on 20 minutes after a foul in the box on Iwan Murray saw them awarded a penalty that Kurt Willoughby dispatched. The lead was to last only three minutes though as Sam Brown shot past Harry Tyrer from a narrow angle, the ball deflecting in off Liam Edwards.

The Puritans started the second period on the front foot, their pace causing Chester problems and they took the lead on 64 minutes with another deflected effort, skipper Giorgio Rasulo’s effort beating Tyrer from inside the box. Chester fought back in the last ten minutes forcing a series of corners and two minutes from time drew level as substitute Adam Thomas’ deep cross from the right was knocked across goal by Ollie Heywood for Dudley to stoop and head home, much to the delight of the 150 away supporters behind the goal.


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League Table | Match photographs

6 November 2022
WILLOUGHBY STRIKE LIFTS BLUES
Chester moved up to fifth in the league as Kurt Willoughby’s second half goal was enough to win this tight match between the league’s two in-form side in front of 2,000 fans at Deva Stadium. The only goal of the game came in the 67th minute as Harry Tyrer’s long punt forward was met by Willoughby as the Bradford defence hesitated and he shot past Sykes-Kenworth in the Avenue goal. CHester had made two changes to the side that won at Spennymoor in midweek, in came Liam Edwards and Anthony Dudley starting in place of Kole Hall and Alex Kenyon.


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3 November 2022
LATE VICTORY FOR YOUTH TEAM
The Youth Team came from behind to beat South Shields 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup First Round with two late goals in front of a crowd of 284 at Deva Stadium last night.

The visitors had taken the lead five minutes before half-time through Albie Fletcher. Chester stepped up after the break, made a double substitution on 63 minutes, and eight minutes form time Joe Nelson scored from distance following a corner.

Chester pressed for a winner, Oliver Bavington and Reece Daly both saw efforts saves before Sol Forde powered home the winning goal in the last minute to set up a home tie in round two against Bradford City on 23 November, kick-off 19.30hrs.

Chester: Beswick, Forde, Nelson, Bott, Stark, Ashworth, Collins (Croft 63), Bradley, Griffiths (Challinor 90+4), Rc Daly, Wilding (Bavington 63). Subs not used: Davies, Rg Daly, Cooke.

2 November 2022
BACK TO BACK WINS
Chester recorded their second successive away victory with a 3-0 victory at Spennymoor Town last night. The home side started the better of the two but after weathering the initial pressure two goals from defender Harrison Burke gave Chester a half-time lead. The Blues dominated the possession after the break, managing their lead well, and with 20 minutes remaining Anthony Dudley was on the scoresheet again to add a third and wrap up the points.

The victory lifts Chester to ninth with a home game against Bradford (Park Avenue) to come on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.

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