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TOP TEN – CHESTER v SCARBOROUGH
1) Scarborough 0 Chester City 1 (Leonard) – Endsleigh League Division Three – September 18th 1993 Att: 1,510
The first meeting between the two sides is a game full of drama. After only two minutes Chester lose keeper Billy Stewart following an injury sustained in the pre-match warm-up. Centre half Mark Came takes over in goal. Despite this setback Chester dominate the game but are held back my keeper Mark Evans who pulls off a string of great saves. City have to wait until the final two minutes before Dave Thompson sets up Mark Leonard to score a well-deserved winner.
2) Chester City 4 (Thompson (3), Came) Scarborough 1 (White) – Endsleigh League Division Three – March 12th 1994 Att: 2,882
Second placed Chester keep the pressure on Crewe by completing the double over the Seadogs. Dave Thompson scores his only hat trick for Chester while Mark Came scores his only league goal for the club. Mark Evans plays his final game for Scarborough. City include Paul Wheeler who played 7 times for Scarborough on loan from Stockport in 1992/93. Chester are promoted as runners-up while Scarborough finish 14th.

3) Chester City 5 (Milner (2), Noteman, Priest, Rimmer) Scarborough 0 – Endsleigh League Division Three – April 6th 1996 Att: 2,485
Chester’s highest scoring victory over Scarborough and the Blues totally outplay the Seadogs with a clinical display of finishing. The result is never in doubt once Andy Milner opens the scoring after 20 minutes and the only threat from Scarborough comes from veteran Andy Ritchie. Scott Partridge (on loan from Bristol City) and Matt Foreman play their final games for the Yorkshire side. Stuart Hicks, the Scarborough centre half, goes on to join Chester in 2000 and plays 13 games in the relegation season.

4) Chester City 1 (Milner) Scarborough 0 – Nationwide League Division Three – April 19th 1997 Att: 2,311
With both clubs fighting for a place in the play-offs Chester come out on top of a tense encounter. Once again Andy Milner is on target with a fine individual goal but Chester are indebted to the improving Julian Alsford who has an outstanding game in the centre of defence. Scarborough’s best effort comes from future City player Steve Brodie. After 183 games, keeper Ian Ironside plays his final match in goal for Scarborough while David Currie also plays his last 90 minutes.

5) Scarborough 4 (Williams (2), Robinson, Atkin) Chester City 1 (Thomas) – Nationwide League Division Three – October 21st 1997 Att: 1,451
Scarborough’s first victory over Chester at the seventh attempt but it’s a poor performance from City who put up little resistance. Leading scorer Gareth Williams scores two of the Scarborough goals while Chester’s consolation comes from Rod Thomas who had been a target for the Seadogs at the start of the season. The third Scarborough goal is set up by Michael McElhatton who goes on to play eight times for Chester in 2001/02.

6) Chester City 1 (Rimmer) Scarborough 1 (Flitcroft og) – Nationwide League Division Three – May 2nd 1998 Att: 2,719
In the final game of the season Scarborough miss out on an automatic promotion place but secure a place in the play-offs. Stuart Rimmer scores his 135th and final goal in what turns out to be his last game in a City shirt. Rimmer’s goal comes with only three minutes remaining and cancels out Dave Flitcroft’s glancing header into his own net from Steve Brodie’s corner. Ian Snodin is sent off for Scarborough. Spencer Whelan and Ryan Dobson also play their last games for City.

7) Scarborough 2 (Marinkov, Tate) Chester City 4 (Thomas (2), Priest, Flitcroft) – Nationwide League Division Three – October 3rd 1998 Att: 1,832
A fine performance by City capped by four superb goals but sloppy defending gifts Scarborough two goals they hardly deserve. Rod Thomas scores two of the City goals in what proves to be his final game before joining Brighton. Luke Beckett appears as a substitute, after returning from injury, and comes within inches of converting an Alex Smith cross. Scarborough’s second goal is scored by Chris Tate who goes on to have two separate loan spells with Chester from Leyton Orient.

8) Chester City 1 (Beckett) Scarborough 3 (Tate (2), Russell) – Nationwide League Division Three – March 9th 1999 Att: 1,954
The last Football League meeting between the sides and Chester lose their unbeaten home record which stretches back to September. Chris Tate continues his good form against Chester with another two goals while Chris Greenacre makes his final Scarborough appearance on loan from Manchester City. Despite the three points Scarborough lose their league status on the last day of the season when Jimmy Glass scores his infamous goal for Carlisle United.

9) Scarborough 0 Chester City 2 (Whitehall, Blackburn) – Nationwide Conference – October 3rd 2000 Att: 1,193
The first Conference meeting and Graham Barrow’s Chester bring an end to Scarborough’s sequence of four successive victories. Chester take the lead when Steve Whitehall is first to react to Neil Fisher’s header against the post. Chris Blackburn adds a second with an unstoppable shot. Andy Woods plays in goal for Scarborough who also include Chris Tate and Steve Brodie. German striker Sinisa Savic makes his debut for Scarborough.

10) Scarborough 2 (Stamp, Rennison) Chester City 1 (Ruscoe) – Nationwide Conference – October 2nd 2001 Att: 783
The Terry Smith era finally comes to an end as Steve Vaughan takes control of the club. Chester, struggling at the bottom of the Conference, fall to a fifth successive defeat with the winner coming from Shaun Rennison in the closing stages. Sammy Hill and Carlos Lopez both make their final Chester appearances. Scarborough’s opening goal is scored by Darryn Stamp in front of a meagre 783 spectators. Andy Woods, Steve Brodie and John Keegan all play for the Seadogs.

Chas Sumner [Published 17/4/04]

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