HEAVY DEFEAT FOR RESERVES
The reserves conceded
five goals again tonight when they lost at home to Morecambe 0-5. This follows
last weeks 5-1 defeat at Manchester City. First team players Kevin Sandwith,
Tony Grant, Nathan Lowndes, Simon Yeo and Phil Bolland all played and Bolland
received a second half red card.
NOMINATION FOR BOBBY
City manager Bobby
Williamson is one of four managers nominated for the
League Two Manager of the Month award. City won three
and drew two of their five league matches during the
month, the only defeat coming at League One side Carlisle
United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Also nominated
are Paul Ince (MK Dons), Paul Fairclough (Barnet) and
Mark Robbins (Rotherham United). The winner will be
announced at 12:20 on Thursday 1 November on Sky Sports
Postscript: The award went to Paul Ince.
League Two opponents Lincoln City have today appointed
former Chester City favourite Peter Jackson as their
CITY MEET BANTAMS
round draw of the FA Cup has paired City with
fellow League Two side Bradford City. The Blues
must travel to Yorkshire on Saturday 10 November
just four days after the two sides meet at Valley
Parade for a League Two clash.
The sides last met in the competition at the
same stage back in 1993/94 when Chester drew
Valley Parade before a Chris Lightfoot goal brought
a 1-0 home victory in the replay at Deva Stadium
and a second round tie with Hull City.
BOBBY UNHAPPY AS CITY ARE HELD
Bobby Williamson was unhappy with referee Graham
Horwood who allowed Wycombe’s first goal
from Sergio Torres in Saturday’s 2-2 draw
after overruling linesman Amy Raynor’
raised offside flag.
“The referee comes over
to the linesman, overrules her and I just don’t
understand it. There were three guys standing
in front of the keeper and the ball was in the
net – how they are not interfering with
play I cannot get my head around.”
“It’s a stupid rule and a rule made
up by people who can’t play football and
don’t know much about the game. They just
want to see the ball going into the back of
the net, whether it’s fair or unfair.
We allowed them to get back into the game –
we have plenty to work on.”
City responded to that early controversial goal
well as a first League goal for Chris Holroyd
and a John Murphy header gave the Blues the
lead at half-time. But the visitors responded
just after the hour mark as John Sutton headed
home the equaliser.
With leaders Milton Keynes Dons suffering an
unexpected 2-0 home defeat to Stockport County,
City remain in second place four points behind
the Dons and a point ahead of third placed
Picture: Sue Choularton
INVESTMENT TALKS STILL ONGOING
Talks are continuing between
club chairman Steve Vaughan and the Spanish based management
company ISM who are interested in investing in the club.
Although there is no deadline in place Vaughan is concerned
that the talks are taking much longer than anticipated.
He said: “The whole process has taken slightly
longer than we initially envisaged because our main
motive is to do the right thing for Chester City and
secure its long-term future. The talks this week, among
other things, have centred on the level of funding and
plans to take the club to the next stage of its development.”
PARTRIDGE BRACE LIFTS CITY
great second half goals from Richie Partridge gave City
their fifth away victory of the season on Saturday,
a win that listed the Blues to second place in League
Two, four points behind leaders Milton Keynes Dons.
The Blues fell a goal behind in first half stoppage
time as Paul Tierney sent in a near post shot that Danby
fumbled but recovered to save, the linesman however
decided the whole of the ball had crossed the line and
flagged a goal!
Seven minutes after the break City were level as Partridge
received a pass from Kevin Ellison, cut in side and
shot into the top corner giving Conrad Logan no chance
in the County goal. The winner, nine minutes from time,
was a similar effort that saw Partridge cut inside on
the left and curled a great effort into the top corner
in front of the delighted 700+ away following.
Boss Bobby Williamson was delighted
contribution, he said: “Richie took his two
goals really well and we were very pleased for him.
Richie has quite rightly done well for us for a while
now and he showed how well he can cut in from the
left wing and bend the ball in with his right foot.”
“He has a great technique,
he’s a great pro, and he’s a pleasure to
work with. He works his socks off for the cause and
though he’s never going to be the strongest in
tackles, I don’t expect him to do that. We just
appreciate what he can do well, and that’s putting
the ball in the box and in the back of the net.”
The Blues are back at Deva Stadium on Saturday when
eighth placed Wycombe Wanderers are the visitors, kick-off
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CONSOLATION FOR NATHAN
On his comeback from injury,
Nathan Lowndes scored a consolation goal for the reserves
who were beaten 5-1 in a Pontins League game at Manchester
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YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT
The youth team were beaten
3-0 at Morecambe on Saturday in a Youth Alliance Cup
match. The teams first round opponents in the FA Youth
Cup will be Marine who beat Ashton Athletic 2-1 in the
Third Qualifying round. The match will be played away.
YEO DOUBT FOR CITY
are still waiting to hear if striker Simon Yeo (left)
will be fit for tomorrow’s League Two match at
Stockport County. Yeo picked up a foot injury shortly
after he opened the scoring in last Friday’s match
with Hereford United. The Blues will leave it late to
make a decision but the player must be a major doubt.
Teenager Paul McManus, who was subject of an enquiry
from Ipswich Town in the week, could be in line for
another start, while Tony Dinning will be facing the
club he left in the summer.
Manager Bobby Williamson
said: “I’m going to wait and see how he
is before the match, but I’ll give him every opportunity
to declare himself fit, but it’s not looking good
and time is definitely not on his side. Simon is the
only player who is struggling apart from the players
within the squad who are out with long term injuries.”
City have no further injury
doubts as they make the short journey across the county
to a ground where success has been hard to come by in
recent years, the last win at Edgeley Park was way back
The Blues have an excellent away record this season
though, picking up four wins and a draw for their away
travels so far, and there’s sure to be a good
following of City fans there tomorrow.
The home side have made the news this week by suspending
striker Anthony Elding for seven days for allegedly
trying to secure a move to another club and they have
Gareth Owen, Rob Clare, Gianluca Havern and former Chester
player Michael Rose are missing through injury.
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FA YOUTH CUP
The youth team have been
given an away tie in the first round of the FA Youth
Cup to either Ashton Athletic or Marine. Those two sides
meet in the Third Qualifying round on 23 October.
RESERVES LOSE AT ROVERS
The reserves lost 2-1
at Tranmere Rovers tonight in a Pontins League Cup Group
1 match. Kevin Sandwith scored the consolation goal
from a free kick five minutes from time.
BLUES DENIED CHANCE TO GO TOP
had to be content with a share of the spoils on Friday
night as they let a one goal advantage slip to draw
with Hereford United. The highest home crowd of the
season, 3,400, had come to see if City could take all
three points to lead League Two.
City had the better of the first half creating numerous
half chances but it was 58 minutes before substitute
Simon Yeo gave them the lead, firing home from close
range after the Bulls defence failed to clear from a
Richie Partridge cross had caused problems. Not long
after Yeo departed with a badly bruised foot that will
make him doubtful for Saturday’s trip to Stockport
Graham Turner brought on tricky winger Lionel Ainsworth
and that gave the visitors fresh impetus and City found
themselves on the back foot for a long period as Toumani
Diagouraga scored the equaliser 13 minutes from time.
The game flowed from end to end, Danby saving well from
Theo Robinson at the near post to deny the visitors
all three points while, in the dying minutes, Dinning
saw a long-range effort saved well low down by former
City shot-stopper Wayne Brown.
After the draw manager Bobby Williamson
reflected: “It was an entertaining game and
was end to end. We are disappointed because their
equaliser came after Paul Linwood had attempted to
clear, the ball bounced around before their lad touched
it home. There are a number of positives to take from
the game. Youngster Paul McManus did well and it must
be remembered that Hereford are a quality side.
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We were a bit disappointed about dropping two points
at home, but Hereford played well. I think it would
have been far more difficult if we had conceded the
first goal, but we got the first goal and it was something
to hang on to, but the toll of so many games over
the last few weeks took its toll and we suffered.
Both Hereford and ourselves tried to play football
and to be honest I haven’t seen anyone who hasn’t
played good football in our division.”
BLUES TOP CHANCE
entertain second placed Hereford United at Deva Stadium
tonight looking for three more points to lift them to
the top of League Two. Manager Bobby Williamson has
no fresh injury doubts following the midweek defeat
at Carlisle United. Like City, Hereford have started
the campaign with an impressive away record that also
boasts four victories from five games. Williamson is
expected to recall the experienced Paul Butler, Kevin
Ellison and John Murphy to the side – all were
rested in midweek.
Ahead of tonight’s clash Williamson said: “I’ll
be viewing a win against Hereford as a benchmark, but
I’ll also be judging our players and see how they
deal with certain situations, whether we’re at
the top, middle or bottom of the League. Our more experienced
players have done their bit to put us where we are,
but it has been very much a squad effort. Every player
in the squad is pulling their weight at the moment,
but we can’t allow that to drop. I feel the players
have got to sustain that same effort not just for two
or three games, but for 20 games, if we’re going
to stand any chance of doing anything this season.”
Tonight’s match kick’s-off at 19:45hrs.
RESERVES MINI DERBY
The reserves drew their
Pontins Holiday League home game with Wrexham tonight
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goals from Richie Partridge and Chris Holroyd, his first
senior goal for the club, City were beaten 4-2 at Carlisle
United last night in the second regional round of the
Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
After the defeat, the first on their travels this season,
manager Bobby Williamson said: “The team I put
out on the park should have been good enough to have
won the game at Carlisle. I thought Paul McManus and
Glenn Rule both did well and it was good to see them
both on the park. I enjoyed the game at Carlisle, but
I was obviously disappointed in the manner we conceded
the goals. I felt they were all defendable, some of
our players were at fault and we handed Carlisle their
goals on a plate really.”
HOME WIN LIFTS CITY
turned in a great second half performance to score three
times to beat Shrewsbury Town and move third in League
Two yesterday. Richie Partridge, John Murphy and Simon
all found the net with former player Darren Moss briefly
equalising for the Shrews in a hectic eleven minute
period. Tony Dinning made a debut in midfield and there
was also a debut from the bench for striker Paul McManus.
Manager Bobby Williamson was naturally
delighted after seeing his team move third on goal
difference behind Friday’s visitors Hereford
United. He said: “It was a well earned three
points because Shrewsbury put us under immense pressure
during the first half. They put high balls into our
box, but to be fair we dealt with that and I’m
very pleased. We always believe we can score goals
and I was happy that we managed to get three against
On the two debut players the manager
said: “I was a bit disappointed that Tony Dinning
picked up an early booking which curtailed his game
slightly, but he showed great composure on the ball
and he knows when to slow the game down, as well as
speed it up. I’m
sure he’ll be invaluable for us for the rest
of the season.
“Paul McManus has worked hard
and he deserved a chance and an opportunity, and he
got it. I know he only got seven minutes, but I’m
hoping he’ll figure
more prominently at Carlisle tomorrow night.”
As mentioned there, City are
next in action tomorrow night when they make the trip
north to play Carlisle United in a second round Johnstone’s
Paint Trophy match which will be played to a completion
at Brunton Park. On Friday The Bulls of Hereford United
visit Deva Stadium for what promises to be a cracking
League game between the second and third placed teams.
Three more points would lift City to the top for the
first time this season.
Picture © Evening
Leader | Richie Partridge celebrates his goal
PRESS CONFERENCE CANCELLED
The club have cancelled
a press conference called for Wednesday. The club were
expeced to make an announcement following weeks of talks
with potential investors ISM, a sports management company.
DINNING DEAL COMPLETE
finally completed the signing of 32 year old midfielder
Tony Dinning. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers,
Wigan Athletic, Port Vale and Stockport County
player has signed a deal until the end of the
CUP DRAW FOR RESERVES
scored an equaliser for City as they draw at home
1-1 with Huddersfield Town this afternoon in a
Pontins Holiday League Cup group match. The matches
are played on a group basis with City still having
to play Tranmere Rovers (A) and Morecambe (H).
FINE AWAY RUN CONTINUES
secured their fourth away victory of the season last
night with a 2-1 success at Grimsby Town. The win lifts
the Blues to fourth spot in League Two. Goals from John
Murphy and Kevin Ellison, early in each half, cheered
the tiny band of City followers who made their way to
the east coast. In between Danny Boshell equalised for
the Mariners who were unbeaten at home this season before
Williamson said: “It was
good to get the three points. They were obviously
more than welcome. We knew we’d have to work
hard and defend when asked upon. Grimsby certainly
asked a few questions of us, but we stayed strong,
rode our luck at times, and also picked up a lucky
winning goal when the ball came back off the post
and fell nicely for big Kev (Ellison) who finished
“I was very pleased for
everybody because it was very much a squad effort. I
felt our four midfield players played as hard as they
could do to try and stop good quality balls forward.”
City will be looking to replicate their away form at
Deva Stadium with two home games against Shrewsbury
Town and Hereford United coming soon.
Picture © Evening
TRIO STILL OUT
Manager Bobby Williamson is expected
to still be without defender James Vaughan, midfielder
Kevin Roberts, and striker Chris Holroyd for tonight’s
visit to Grimsby Town. The Mariners currently lie four
points behind City in 14th spot. and have won their
last two games against leaders Hereford United 2-1 on
Saturday and prior to that at local neighbours Lincoln
City by the same scoreline.
City will hoping for a better performance that Saturday,
which although below the standards they have set themselves
this season, still yielded three points.
DEBUT FOR CARROLL AS CITY WIN AGAIN
will count themselves fortunate to have taken all three
points at Macclesfield on Saturday after they survived
a second half of almost complete home dominance to win
City manager Bobby Williamson gave a debut to Neil Carroll
(left) who has impressed in the reserves after progressing
through the clubs youth system.
Former Macc forward John Murphy gave the Blues an ideal
start with a headed goal on 12 minutes and their advantage
was doubled just before the break with a delightful
30-yard free-kick from Laurence Wilson that gave Tommy
Lee no chance in the home goal. In between goals the
home side contrived to miss several good opportunities
to draw level.
After the break Terry Dunfield pulled a goal back for
the home side with another great free-kick as the Silkmen
side pressed City back for long periods and almost grabbed
a last minute equaliser when Adam Murray hit the post
from the edge of the box.
Manager Williamson said of Carroll’s inclusion
after the game: “I brought Neil Carroll into the
team because he has shown me that he has potential and
he will get another opportunity. Paul McManus isn’t
far away either because he has shown me in a few reserve
games that he could step up. That is the way forward
for Chester City Football Club. I feel we have to give
the younger lads an opportunity to develop. If they
show they have the talent then they will get the opportunity.”
City are next in action on Tuesday night when they have
a League Two match at Grimsby Town.
While the first team were winning at Moss Rose on Saturday,
the youth leam lost their home Puma Youth Alliance League
game 2-0 to Macclesfield Town. The defeat drops City
four places to 12th.
Alliance League table
Chester have been handed an away tie at Brackley Town in the first round of the FA Trophy.
Youth Team cup success.
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