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Saturday 17 October
Spennymoor Town 2 Chester 1
National League North
Attendance: 0 Half Time: 1-1
Booked: Johnston.

Spennymoor Town:
Eve, McLean, Curtis, Buddle, Blakeman, Spencer, Anderson (Moke 85), McKenna, Ramshaw, Thompson (Kennedy 75), Taylor. Subs not used: Norton, Tait, Mitchell.
Chester: Gray, K.Roberts, Morgan, Weeks, Livesey, Grand, Johnston, Glendon, Elliott (Hughes 78), Dudley (Jackson 67), Bauress (Waring 78). Subs not used: Taylor, G.Roberts.
Referee: Aaron Bannister.

Chester take the lead through Danny Livesey but suffer a last minute defeat at the Brewery Field.

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Tuesday 13 October
Chester 3 Spennymoor Town 1
FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
Attendance: 0 Half Time: 1-1
Booked: Dudley, Grand, Weeks.

Gray, Morgan, Taylor, Weeks, Livesey, Grand, Johnston, Glendon, Elliott (Waring 78), Dudley (G.Roberts 78), Jackson (Bauress 46). Subs not used: K.Roberts, Hughes, Marsh-Hughes, Clark.
Spennymoor Town: Eve, Magnay, Boon, Curtis, McLean, Kennedy (Anderson 62), Moke, Hall, Ramshaw, McKenna, Taylor. Subs not used: Norton, Tait, Spencer, Blakeman, Buddle.
Referee: Matt Corlett.

Chester made three changes from the side that beat Leamington on Saturday. In to the starting X1 came Bradley Jackson, Jamie Morgan and Anthony Dudley. Dropping down to the bench were Kevin Roberts, George Waring and Bradley Bauress.

It was the visitors who started quickest and took an early sixth minute lead, a fine through ball send Rob Ramshaw away down the left and his low cross was slid in at the far post by Ryan Hall.

Chester responded with a John Johnston free kick over the bar, before Jordan Boon cleared a Danny Elliott off the line after the Blues striker had flicked the ball past Dale Eve in the Moors goal, moments later though Chester were level.

Jackson sent in a cross shot to the far post that Eve could only parry low down and the ball fell to the onrushing Morgan who had the simplest of tasks to steer the ball home from six yards out.

Moors responded with the dangerous Glen Taylor shooting just wide from distance. At the other end Declan Weeks and Elliott both saw efforts go close before the sides trooped off level at the break.

Ten minutes after the restart Chester were awarded a penalty. A defence splitting pass from Bauress sent Elliott through down the left before the onrushing Eve was adjudged to have brought down the striker in the box. Elliott stepped up to send Eve the wrong way with his spot-kick.

Elliott saw a shot defected for a corner as Chester looked for a third goal to seal the tie. Taylor was a constant threat up front for the visitors. They forced a series of corners during which Joel Taylor cleared one towering header off the line.

With ten minutes remaining Chester scored their third. Johnston did well to win a corner down the Chester right. Bauress swung in the kick which was met by substitute Waring who scored with his first touch at the near post to put the Blues in the hat for the next round.

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Saturday 10 October
Chester 3 Leamington 2
National League North
Attendance: 0 Half Time: 2-1
Booked: K.Roberts, Bauress.

Gray, K.Roberts, Taylor, Weeks, Livesey, Grand, Johnston, Glendon, Elliott (G.Roberts 83), Waring (Marsh-Hughes 90), Bauress (Dudley 77). Subs not used: Morgan, Hughes.
Leamington: Weaver, English, Morley, Clarke, Morrison, Lane, Taylor (Anderson 82), Maye (Meredith 73), Waldron, Martin, Osborne (Smith 62). Subs not used: Allen, Knott.
Referee: Matthew Scholes.

Chester followed up the midweek win at Kidderminster with three more points as they overcame Leamington for the first time in five attempts.

The Blues made one change with forward George Waring coming in for Paddy Lacey who missed the game through illness. His suspension for last week’s red card starts on Tuesday.

It was the Brakes who opened the scoring on nine minutes as Sam Osborne’s left wing cross was smartly flicked home at the near post by Junior English who beat a defender and Louis Gray to the ball first.

Waring had the ball in the net minutes later but the assistant referee’s flag ruled the goal out for offside. Osborne wasted a great chance for the visitors to double their lead, shooting over from close range before Chester drew level on 24 minutes as Kevin Roberts’ right wing cross was headed home by Danny Elliott.

Ten minutes before the break Chester edged in front. This time it was Bradley Bauress who took advantage of another Roberts delivery to head home past Jake Weaver from some distance to score his first goal for the Blues.

Just before the hour mark a foul on Roberts by Steph Morley saw referee Matthew Scholes point to the penalty spot. Elliott stepped up and sent Weaver the wrong way with his spot-kick to score Chester’s third.

Leamington played the ball round well and looked to narrow the defecit, and with 12 minutes to go they did just that. Two substitutes combined as Dan Meredith latched onto Lance Smith’s through ball to advance round the out rushing Gray and slot the ball home to make it 3-2.

There were appeals for a penalty by the visitors late on in the game after Kaiman Anderson went down in the penalty area, but referee Scholes waved play-on.

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Tuesday 6 October
Kidderminster Harriers 1 Chester 2
National League North
Attendance: 0 Half Time: 1-1
Booked: Waring, Weeks.
Sent-off: Lacey.

Kidderminster Harriers:
Simpson, Penny, Richards, Lowe, Montrose, Austin (White 76), Morgan-Smith, Hemmings (Freemantle 68), Sterling, Taylor, Prosser. Subs not used: Palmer, Martin, Arthur.
Chester: Gray, K.Roberts, Taylor, Lacey, Livesey, Grand, Johnston (Waring 73), Glendon, Elliott (G.Roberts 80), Weeks, Bauress (Dudley 73). Subs not used: Morgan, Marsh-Hughes.
Referee: Greg Rollason.

Chester got their league season off to a winning start with a hard fought victory at Kidderminster Harriers. An eventful opening game of the campaign saw both sides finish the game with ten men.

The Blues had the better of the early exchanges which saw Danny Livesey head over the bar from close range following a fine Bradley Bauress cross, before Ashley Hemmings netted for the home side only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

Chester took the lead midway through the half as Joel Taylor’s ball in form the left was met by Danny Elliott whose smart finish beat Harriers ‘keeper Luke Simpson at the near post.

The lead only lasted six minutes as Omari Sterling’s left-wing cross found its way through to Hemmings who gave Louis Gray no chance to draw Harriers level.

Eight minutes before the break the home side were reduced to ten men as referee Greg Rollason sent-off Amari Morgan-Smith was what turned out to be foul and abusive language. The dismissal saw a heated exchange take place in the dugout area with Rollason brandishing more yellow cards.

John Johnston had a great chance to restore the lead for the Blues on the stroke of half time but saw his effort pushed wide.

Chester re-took the lead on 57 minutes through ex-Harrier Declan Weeks shooting powerfully home from a narrow angle. Parity was restored on 64 minutes as Paddy Laced was shown a straight red card for a heavy late tackle on Sterling.

Kidderminster applied plenty of pressure in the final ten minutes. Jaiden White had already fired over the bar from close range before the same played saw a shot hit the post, the ball cam out to Ethan Freemantle and his effort was cleared off the line by Livesey, the loose ball fell to Caleb Richards whose effort went just wide to the relief of the Blues defence.

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Saturday 3 October
Worksop Town 2 Chester 2
(Chester win 5-3 on penalties)
FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Attendance: 293 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: Gray, Waring, Bauress, K.Roberts, Lacey.

Worksop Town:
Malkowski, Greenhough, Smythe, Broadhead, Radford (Williams), Jemson, Baxendale (Allott 65), Cromack (Brown), Hinsley, Redford, Dunn. Subs not used: Atherton, Sennett-Neilson.
Chester: Gray, K.Roberts, Taylor, Lacey (G.Roberts 86), Livesey, Grand, Weeks, Glendon, Elliott (Marsh-Hughes 72), Waring, Bauress (Dudley 64). Subs not used: Morgan, Clark, Hughes, Goodwin.
Referee: Gareth Myers.

The new season got off to a dramatic start as Chester fought back late on to progress to the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at the expense of Worksop Town.

Playing on the artificial pitch at Sandy Lane, The Blues gave debuts to three players in Paddy Lacey, Declan Weeks and Bradley Bauress all signed a couple of days before the tie.

It was The Tigers who started the strongest and Louis Gray was called into action in just the second minute to make a tremendous save to deny Connor Smythe whose dipping volley was heading for an early goal.

The home side continued to press and were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes as a poor clearance from Gray was intercepted by James Baxendale he advanced, rounded the ‘keeper but was brought down. Referee Gareth Myers pointed to the spot, Vaughan Redford stepped up but his effort was saved by Gray pushing the spot-kick wide of the right hand post.

The home side took the lead just after the half-hour. Michael Dunn saw a fierce shot tipped away for a corner by Gray before Oscar Radford headed home the resulting flag-kick by Jack Greenhough at the far post.

Bauress forced a save from Sebastian Malkowski in the home goal as Chester looked to strike back, and the Blues almost grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time as George Waring saw an effort cannon off the crossbar following a Bauress corner.

A large scale scuffle took place around the area of the dugouts on 53 minutes that involved players and management from both side. After it had eventually calmed down Myers sent-off both Blues manager Anthony Johnson and Worksop’s first team coach Craig Rouse.

Jack Broadhead doubled the lead for the home side as he collected the ball in the Chester half before advancing and letting fly from from distance, his shot going in off the post.

Chester made changes with Anthony Dudley, Gary Roberts and Lloyd Marsh-Hughes all coming on, at the expense of Bauress, Lacey and Danny Elliott.

With time running Chester pressed high and pulled a goal back on 85 minutes as Danny Livesey bundled the ball home from close range, following a far post knock-down header had troubled Malkowski, referee Myers adjudging the ball had crossed the line.

Seven minutes were added on for the touchline melee, and during that Livesey headed home a dramatic equaliser again at the far post giving Malkowski no chance form close range.

And so with the scores level at 90 minutes the tie went straight to penalty kicks. Anthony Dudley, Gary Roberts, Kevin Roberts and Lloyd Marsh-Hughes all scored their’s, and with Gray saving from Luke Hinsley, up stepped Simon Grand to convert and send Chester through 5-3.

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