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OCTOBER
31 October 2021
SEARCH FOR AWAY WIN CONTINUES
Chester’s search for their first away victory of the season continues after they were beaten 3-2 at Southport on Saturday. The City defence was breached by Jack Bainbridge after just nine minutes, but Chester struck back to equalise on 34 minutes from the penalty spot as Anthony Dudley converted following a hand ball by Adam Anson in the area. The Blues were level for just three minutes before ex-Chester forward Jordan Archer put the Sandgrounders 2-1 up. Three minutes later the Chester defence failed to clear a long throw-in and Marcus Carver was on hand to score Southport’s third from close range.

Paddy Lacey pulled a goal back for Chester three minutes after the break. Substitute’s Jude Oyibo, Darren Stephenson and on-loan Charlie Jolley were all brought on midway through the second period but Chester’s searched for an equaliser proved in vain.


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League table after this match
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29 October 2021
FORWARD SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed Liverpool born 20-year-old forward Charlie Jolley on a one month youth loan from Tranmere Rovers. His squad number is 28 and will be available for tomorrow’s trip to Southport.

28 October 2021
LATE GLENDON WINNER SAVES BLUES
Chester fought back with two goals in the dying minutes to beat Gloucester City 3-2 at Deva Stadium on Tuesday night. Chester had taken the lead through an Anthony Dudley penalty on 28 minutes and took that slender lead into the half-time break. Gloucester came out for the second period fighting, Leon Chambers-Parillon hit the post before The Tigers drew level on 60 minutes with a fine header from Ollie Hubert that gave Louis Gray no chance. The visitors should have added a second moments later as the Blues defence was split before substitute Lucas Tomlinson managed to find the side netting from two yards out. Gloucester were pressing Chester and took a deserved lead nine minutes from time as Danny Leadbitter scored from close range.

With three minutes remaining Simon Grand rose highest to head home a George Glendon corner to draw the Blues level. With most fans thinking Chester had somehow rescued a point, they managed to grab all three with a Glendon strike eight minutes into stoppage time that sent the home fans wild.

The win lifts Chester to 13th place in the table. Next up is the short trip to Southport on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs. The Sandgrounders picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday night beading Darlington 3-0 at home.


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League table after this match
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25 October 2021
CHESTER RUE MISSED CHANCES
Chester were left to reflect on what might have been as they missed several first half chances on their first visit to the LNER Community Stadium. A health away following of 417 saw George Glendon, Declan Weeks, Anthony Dudley and Jack Redshaw all see efforts spurned as the home side claimed all three points with a goal from Mark Beck three minutes before half-time.

The Blues will be looking to pick up maximum points this week when they play the bottom two sides. On Tuesday night Gloucester City visit Deva Stadium (kick-off 19.45hrs) and on Saturday Chester make the short journey to play Southport (kick-off 15.00hrs).


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League table after this match | Match pictures


20 October 2021
EARLY CUP EXIT
Chester were beaten 1-0 at home by Stockport County in the first round of the Cheshire senior Cup. Jack Redshaw could have given the Blues a first half lead but his the post from the penalty spot, the kick awarded after a foul on Jude Oyibo. The only goal of the game came from substitute Millenic Alli on 60 minutes.

16 October 2021
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
East (Main) Stand Tickets for Tuesday night’s home Cheshire Senior Cup First Round game against Stockport County are now on sale on the club website priced Adults: £5.00, Concessions £3.00, 12-17 years old £1.00, Under 12’s FREE. The game kick’s-off at 19.45hrs, and Stockport supporters have been allocated the West Stand.

13 October 2021
DEFEAT FOR YOUNG BLUES
Despite a great effort, the Youth Team were beaten 1-0 at home by a strong Grimsby Town side in their FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Deva Stadium tonight. The only goal of the game came through Edwin Essel in the 19th minute. A crowd of 303 was in attendance.

Chester: Smith, Regan Daly, Nelson (Challinor 86), Heywood, Lee, Buckley-Benbow, Griffiths (Collins 65), Ashworth, Giani, Maris (Bavington 80), Reece Daly. Subs not used: Beswick, Stark, Bradley, Speake.


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12 October 2021
LLOYD OUT ON LOAN
Forward Lloyd Marsh-Hughes has joined Northern Premier (West) Division side Runcorn Linnets on a three month loan. The 20-year-old has made 3+5 appearances for the Blues this season. The deal has a a 24-hour recall clause after the first 28-days of the arrangement.

11 October 2021
BLUES EARN POINT FROM POPPIES STALEMATE

Chester picked up a hard earned point from a scrappy draw at Kettering Town on Saturday. Both sides finished the game with ten men, Kyle Perry was sent-off for the home side on 49 minutes following a second yellow card after a foul on Simon Grand. Although a man to the advantage the Blues couldn’t capitalise on it, creating little threat in front of goal. Defender Kevin Roberts also saw a second yellow card in the dying minutes as both sides had to be content with a point apiece.


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7 October 2021
BOARD ISSUE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT

Following Tuesday night’s shock 4-0 home defeat by Marske United in the FA Cup the board at the football club have issued the following statement regarding the joint managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

“The Board of Chester Football Club wishes to confirm its full and continuing support for co-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

Together we share and understand supporters’ disappointment with our start to the 2021/22 season and recognise results and performances have been below an acceptable level for our club.

Anthony and Bernard have discussed the team’s recent form with the Board and have assured us they remain firmly committed to the football club and determined to turn our season around.

We have agreed a plan to resolve the current challenges and will continue to work closely with the managers to support them and deliver the improvement that is needed with regular reviews and an expectation from both parties that progress will be made.

Togetherness and stability have been central to the progress we have made as a club since 2018 and we do not believe this is the time for knee-jerk decisions.

Anthony and Bernard understand our club, retain the full support of the players and staff, and have proven their ability to meet challenges head on.

We thank you for your continued support and can assure you the managers, players and board will do everything possible to improve our position.”
FA YOUTH CUP
The Youth Team are at home to Grimsby Town in their FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying tie next Wednesday 13 October, kick-off 19.30hrs. Admission prices on the night are: Adults £4.00, Concessions/Under 18s £1.00.

Once again there will be a Legends Lounge package available on the night priced at Adults £15.00, Concessions/Under 18s £13.00. This includes match entry, team sheet, hot drinks and hot meal (chilli con carne with rice), plus a cash bar. The deal will prove popular, so to book your place in advance please phone 01244 371376 or email commercial@chesterfc.com.

6 October 2021
SHOCK EXIT FOR BLUES

Chester were dumped out of the FA Cup by Northern Premier League East Division Marske United 4-0 at Deva Stadium last night. Defensive errors gifted Adam Boyes the opening goal on 13 minutes before Chester registered their best effort of the night as Lloyd Marsh-Hughes saw a fine header brilliantly saved by Ryan Catterick in the Seasiders goal. McKenzie Dicicco doubled the visitors’ lead six minutes in the second half, taking advantage of a mistake by Dan Cowan.

Twenty minutes from time Marske were reduced to ten men as Liam O’Sullivan picked up a second yellow card for time wasting. Despite their inferior numbers, they added a third goal through Dale Hopson three minutes from time and completed the rout in stoppage time with a second goal from Boyes.


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4 October 2021
HOME TIE AWAITS

Should Chester overcome Marske United in Tuesday night’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round home replay, they will face Gateshead at home in the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday 16 October, the winner of that tie will receive £9,375, losers get £3,125. The two sides met recently in the league with The Blues getting a 97th minute equaliser in a 1-1 home draw.

Admission prices for the replay have been reduced and are: Harry McNally Terrace: Adults £10.00, Concessions £8.00, 18-21yrs £5.00, 12-17yrs £3.00, Under 12 Free. East and West Stand seats: Adults £12.00, Concessions 10,00, 18-21yrs £5.00, 12-17yrs £3.00, Under 12 Free.

Saturday’s tie ended in a 0-0 draw in front of a crowd of 890 at Mount Pleasant. It was a tight game with few chances, the best falling to substitute Lloyd Marsh-Hughes late on which the young striker put narrowly wide.

Joint manager Bernard Morley told the club website: “We were under no illusions about coming here and playing expansive football on a pitch like that. Ultimately that’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. It’s the same for both sides. But to defend the way we have, against that throw in, for 94 minutes, was really pleasing.”
“That’s three clean sheets in the last four games, defensively we look solid. We had a couple of half chances in the second half. But ultimately it is a two-and-a-half hour drive against a side who are flying and have scored lots and lots of goals this season, and we held them to no goals.”

“You had to dig in and fight. We haven’t won the fight but get an opportunity to put it right on Tuesday.”


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1 October 2021
JOHNSTON LEAVES CHESTER

Forward John Johnston has left Chester and signed for Kidsgrove Athletic. The 27-year-old joined Chester from Altrincham in January 2020 and made 29+7 appearances for the Blues scoring three goals. An increase in his personal work commitments has seen the 27-year-old striker move to part-time football and to a club nearer to where he works.

Joint manager Anthony Johnson told the club website: “JJ’s home commitments have changed meaning that he can’t commit to the time needed to be a Chester player anymore. We thank him for all his efforts and wish him the best of luck going forwards.”

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