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OCTOBER
31 October 2022
HOME DRAW IN FA TROPHY
Chester have been drawn at home to Lancaster City in the Second Round of the FA Trophy. The tie will take place at Deva Stadium on 19 November, kick-off 15.00hrs.

FIRST HALF BLITZ BRINGS VICTORY
Three goals in the opening 45 minutes set Chester on their to an away victory at Boston United on Saturday. Kurt Willoughby, Anthony Dudley and Declan Weeks all found the net to give the Blues a comfortable lead at the break. However late replies from Johnson Gyamfi and Sam McLintock ensured a nervy finish to the game as Chester survived some late pressure to take the three points.

Manager Calum McIntyre had made four changes to the side that drew with Gloucester City in midweek with recalled Ollie Heywood, Harrison Burke, Danny Devine and Iwan Murray all starting at the expense of Lewis Coulton, Matty Williams, Joe Lynch and Kole Hall.

The victory lifts Chester to 14th in the league and they’re back on the road again on Tuesday night with a trip to Spennymoor Town, kick-off 19.45hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews


League Table

28 October 2022
HEYWOOD RETURNS
Defender Ollie Heywood has been recalled from his loan spell at 1874 Northwich. Meanwhile after a recent loan spell at FC United of Manchester, goalkeeper Wyll Stanway has joined Bootle on loan until the end of the season.

27 October 2022
YOUTH TEAM WIN AGAIN
A crowd of 327 saw goals from Sol Forde and Reece Daly give the youth team a 2-0 home victory over AFC Fylde in their replayed FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying tie. The young Blues will now host South Shields in the First Round next Wednesday, with the winners hosting Bradford City in Round 2.

Chester: Beswick, Forde, Nelson, Bott, Stark, Ashworth, Bavington, Bradley, Griffiths, Rc Daly, Wilding. Subs: Davies, Challinor, Rg Daly, Collins, Croft, Butler.

BLUES HELD BY GLOUCESTER
Iwan Murray’s equaliser five minutes from time ensured a below par Blues picked up a point against a dogged Gloucester City side who had taken the lead through Kieran Phillips on the stroke of half-time with a quick counter attack. The Blues enjoyed plenty of possession without creating much end product until Murray latched on to some fine wing work from Kieran Coates to find the net.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League Table | Match photographs

25 October 2022
KIDDERMINSTER MATCH LIVE ON TV
Chester’s away league match at Kidderminster Harriers is to be broadcast live on BT Sport, this is the first time a National League North match has been screened live. The game will now take place on Wednesday 7 December with a 19.30hrs kick-off.

24 October 2022
DUDLEY DUO LIFTS BLUES
Two goals from Anthony Dudley set Chester on their way to a comprehensive 4-0 home win over Kettering Town on Saturday. With the scores level at half-time, Dudley struck twice in ten minutes shortly after the restart with Matty Williams adding a third on 74 minutes and Kurt Willoughby completing the scoring in added time from the penalty spot.

Chester are back in home action again on Tuesday night When Gloucester City visit Deva Stadium, kick-off 19.45hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League Table | Match photographs


19 October 2022
YOUTH MATCH TO BE REPLAYED
Following an appeal from AFC Fylde, Chester must replay their FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying tie after the Football Association deemed that the penalty shoot-out on the night had not been completed within the rules of the competition. The rearranged date for the match is Wednesday 26 October, kick-off 19.45hrs. Admission prices are Adults £3.00, Concessions £1.00, and Under 18’s are free.

If you can’t attend the match but would like to make a donation towards the cost of the re-scheduled game, you can make a £5.00 virtual ticket donation via this link - all of the donation will go to the Chester Academy:
https://chesterfc.ktckts.com/event/ctr2223fay/chester-v-afc-fylde-virtual-ticket-donation

LATE HEARTBREAK FOR BLUES
Chester were just one minute away from progressing to a first round match at Wrexham last night but a goal from Mike Fondop in the last minute of extra-time forced penalties which saw the Latics prevail 4-3. In front of a packed crowd Oldham, like on Saturday, took an early lead with Ben Tollitt striking on 10 minutes. Chester fought back superbly after the break with Kurt Willoughby heading home from close range to draw the sides level. Both sides had chances to win the tie in 90 minutes before extra-time was required.

Kevin Roberts gave the Blues the lead on 99 minutes with a 25-yarder past Magnus Norman in the Latics goal to send the Deva crowd wild. But with the game entering the dying seconds Fondop struck to take the game to penalties.

Roberts and Kole Hall missed for Chester, and although Harry Tyrer made a great save to deny Fondop, Chris Porter slotted home the winning kick for the visitors.


Picture © Rick Matthews

18 October 2022
SELL OUT
Tonight’s match against Oldham Athletic is a sell-out, there is NO option to pay on the gate at the ground for this match.

17 October 2022
FA CUP DRAW
Number 56 Blyth Spartans or Wrexham, will play number 49, Oldham Athletic or Chester. You couldn't make it up but the possibility of another FA Cup clash with our neighbours from over the border was made possible following tonight's televised cup draw. Both replays will take place tomorrow night.

BURKE HEADER FORCES REPLAY
Nearly 2,000 Chester supporters saw Harrison Burke plant a firm headed into the Oldham net on 78 minutes to force a replay from Saturday’s clash at Boundary Park. On a surface made slippery by heavy rain it was the home side who started the brighter and opened the scoring on eight minutes through Mike Fondop. The home side went on to miss a couple of decent chances to extend their lead in the first period but the Blues defence held out until the break.

Chester had much more of the play in the second period, taking the game to their hosts for much of the half. Manager Calum McIntyre brought on Darren Stephenson and Joe Lynch midway through the second period and Chester’s pressure paid off with a deserved equaliser as Burke rose to meet Declan Weeks right wing corner. Minutes later Burke was injured at the other end making a last ditch tackle.

The replay will take place at Deva Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs. The Blues can expect a large crowd for this match.


Picture © Rick Matthews

15 October 2022
PENALTY JOY FOR YOUTH TEAM
Chester beat AFC Fylde 8-7 on penalties at the end of a dramatic FA Youth Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Deva Stadium last night. The Blues took the lead on 19 minutes through Harry Griffiths and held on to their lead until the seventh minute of added time when Taelor O’Kane headed home for Fylde to force the game to penalties.

With the penalty score even at 7-7, Fylde’s 11th player was unable to take his spot-kick due to injury and had to forfeit his kick and up stepped goalkeeper Joe Beswick to score and win the tie.

Chester will now host South Shields in the First Round Proper of the competition.

12 October 2022
LARGE FOLLOWING AT OLDHAM
Tickets are selling well for Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie at Oldham Athletic on Saturday. The Blues will be backed by over 1,500 supporters as they make their first trip to Boundary Park for around 50 years. Over 1,300 tickets have already been pre-sold, note that the match is non all-ticket and you can also pay on the day at the ground.

YOUTH CUP THIS FRIDAY
The Youth Team will play their Third Round Qualifying against AFC Fylde this Friday night at Deva Stadium, kick-off 19.45hrs. Admission prices are Adults £3.00, Concessions £1.00, and Under 18’s are free. Match Hospitality in the Legends Lounge is available for this game. The cost is £15.00 per person which includes a buffet, match team sheet, half-time tea and coffee and seat in the main stand. To book please email georgina.slawinski@chesterfc.com.

10 October 2022
HOME DEFEAT FOR BLUES
Chester suffered their third home defeat of the season on Saturday as Darlington took all three points with a second half goal from Kaine Felix’s to end the Blues’ eight match unbeaten run. Declan Weeks and Kole Hall both returned to the starting X1 following injury with Iwan Murray and Joe Lynch dropping to the bench. The defeat saw Chester drop to 15th in the league.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League Table

7 October 2022
NEW DEAL FOR COATES
Defender Kieran Coates has signed a contract to take him to the end of this season, the full-back joined the Blues from Stoke City initially on a non-contract basis and made a great start at the Deva but has missed games recently through injury.

McHUGH RETURNS
Midfielder Harry McHugh to has returned to Wigan Athletic following his loan spell with the Blues.

5 October 2022
BLUES BOOK TRIP TO OLDHAM
Two goals apiece from Kurt Willoughby and substitute Kole Hall in the second half saw the Blues finally win through 4-0 in Tuesday night’s replay after two hard fought FA Cup matches with Hanley Town.

Chester now travel to National League side Oldham Athletic in the Fourth Round Qualifying on Saturday 15 October, kick-off 15.00hrs. Admission prices for the match are: Adults £12.00, Under 21’s £5.00, Over 65’s £5.00 and Under 17’s have free admission. Tickets can be purchased online from Friday 7 October via the official Oldham Athletic website.

The club are running coaches to Boundary Park departing Deva Stadium at 12.00 on the day. To book your seat(s) please call the club on 01244 371376 before 16.00hrs on Wednesday 12 October.

3 October 2022
AWAY TIE AWAITS WINNERS
A trip to National League side Oldham Athletic awaits the winners of tomorrow night’s FA Cup Third Round Qualifying replay at Hanley Town.

BLUES AND HANLEY GO AGAIN
Chester and Hanley Town fought out a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Deva Stadium. A series of saves from visiting goalkeeper Kieran Harrison, especially in the dying minutes, as well as a first class block from Harry Tyrer in the first half ensured the game remained goalless.

The replay will be played to a conclusion at Hanley Town on Tuesday night, kick-off 19.45hrs.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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