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29 October 2019
YOUTH TEAM DEFEAT

The Youth Team were beaten 1-0 at Morpeth Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup tonight.

28 October 2019
HOME DEFEAT TO LEAGUE LEADERS

York City took the three points with a 1-0 victory at Chester on Saturday. It’s the first time the Blues have failed to score in a league game this season. The defeat leaves Chester in second place, five points behind the Minstermen, who also have a game in hand over the Blues. Chester were once again without injured top scorer Akwasi Asante for the clash that attracted an attendance of 3,653, the highest home crowd since Wrexham visited in November 2017. In came Anthony Dudley and Gary Stopforth from the side that drew at Blyth Spartans last Saturday, with George Waring and Danny Elliott starting on the bench.

The only goal of the game came in the 57th minute through Dan Maguire. Chances for Chester, against the meanest defence in the league, were few and far between with substitute Elliott forcing a smart save from York ‘keeper Peter Jameson, before George Waring went so close in the final seconds to converting a Joel Taylor cross.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson said after the match: “I think they’ll win the league. And that’s not because I don’t think we’re good enough, it’s because they win games like that. Whether it is bottom of the league or playing second or third, that is how they win games of football.”

“I thought our fitness levels blew theirs away in the last 15 minutes even though they are full time. But you could see as the game progressed why they’re top of the league. They don’t vacate areas.”

“We have younger players who do things off the cuff, which is great and we don’t ever want to take that away from them. But they are a lot more regimented. Maybe people want us to look the same way but with the type of player that we have at the football club it is about being expansive and trying to win games.”

Next up for Chester is a trip to seventh placed Brackley Town on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.

Table after York defeat



Picture © Rick Matthews
24 October 2019
BLUES ROMP TO SENIOR CUP WIN

Chester won 7-0 at Runcorn Town last night in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. There were four goals for Danny Elliott, a brace from George Waring and a further effort from Louis Hayes. The second round opponents are yet to be confirmed.

21 October 2019
CHESTER RUE MISSED CHANCES

Chester had to settle for a point following their 2-2 draw at bottom of the table side Blyth Spartans. The Blues were without top striker Akwasi Asante who wasn’t risked after picking up a knock in training. Despite that setback, Chester took a second minute lead at Croft Park through a Danny Elliott free kick that took a slight deflection before it flew past Mark Foden in the home goal. That early lead lasted just five minutes however as Spartans leveled through a Michael Sweet header.

Midway through the half Blyth took the lead as Adam Wrightson turned kevin Roberts inside out before advancing to shoot past Russell Griffiths via a Danny Livesey deflection.

Chester responded as George Glendon sent a shot over the bar and George Waring saw an effort just cleared by Foden under pressure. Simon Grand denied Sweet a second goal with a vital clearance off the line just moments before Chester drew level. A smart move involving Glendon and Bradley Jackson led to Matty Hughes finding the net as the teams went in at half-time level.

Wrightson missed a golden chance from six yards to restore the home sides lead early in the second period. Both sides created chances to win the game with the best falling to Hughes who raced onto a Jackson through ball, rounded Foden in the home goal before hitting the post with an open goal at his mercy.

The Blues are next in action on Wednesday night when they have a Cheshire Senior Cup First Round tie at Runcorn Town, kick-off 19.45hrs. That is followed on Saturday with a visit from league Leaders York City to the Deva, kick-off 15.00hrs.

Table after Blyth match

17 October 2019
COMPREHENSIVE WIN FOR YOUTH TEAM

The Youth Team won away at Athersley Recreation 8-2 tonight in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. The young Blues will now travel to Morpeth Town in the first round of the competition on Tuesday 29 October, kick-off 19.00hrs.

14 October 2019
ENTERTAINING POINT FOR BLUES

Chester and King’s Lynn Town shared four goals in an entertaining encounter at The Walks on Non-League Day on Saturday. Chester fell behind on two minutes after poor clearance from Russell Griffiths was intercepted by Adam Marriott who shot past the Chester ‘keeper into the bottom corner.

Two goals in seven second half minutes saw hester fight back and take the lead as Simon Grand equalised from close range on 56 minutes following a Matty Hughes cross, and Akwasi Asante put the Blues in front following a fine cross field pass from George Glendon that set up a Bradley Jackson cross.

The home side fought back and were level on 77 minutes as Marriott scored his second of the game with a well taken goal from the edge of the box.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson told the Chester Chronicle: “I thought some of the performances, and as a team, was very good. On Non-League Day, with a big crowd it was a great game.”

“It took us three days to get here on planes, trains and automobiles. Overnight stays, beef and ale pie for tea last night, it’s been a long few days. To come to third in the league and get so close to winning, being 2-1 up after being 1-0 down, it’s a bit galling but ultimately I think a point was a fair result.”

“They were a typical team, like Alty last year, who have been promoted and have no fear whatsoever. But we never bought into the notion that they were underdogs, not when you’ve got those two, Michael Gash and Marriott, up top. They are a good side with good players and I fully expect them to be top three of four, definitely. All in all it was pretty pleasing.”

The draw keeps Chester in second place, next up is a trip to bottom of the table Blyth Spartans on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Table after King’s Lynn draw

7 October 2019
YOUTH TEAM TRAVEL

Following their extra-time 3-2 win at Chorley, the Youth Team have been draw away to Athersley Recreation in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. The tie will be played in the week commencing 14 October. Athersley Recreation are based in Barnsley and they have beaten Dronfield Town, Shelley, and Tadcaster Albion to reach this stage of the competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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