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SEPTEMBER
30 September 2018
BLUES TAKE POINT FROM LEADERS

A depleted Chester side with Gary Roberts, Dominic Smalley and Anthony Dudley all ruled out, came away from league leaders Chorley with a point on Saturday following a 0-0 draw, it’s the first time the home side have dropped points at Victory Park this season. It extended the Blues’ unbeaten run to six matches, they could have almost claimed all three points but for some fine saves by Matt Unwin in the home goal late on to deny Deane Smalley.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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24 September 2018
BLUES TRAVEL IN FA CUP

Chester will travel to play Dunston UTS in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup. The Gateshead based side were formed in 1975 and play in Division One of the Northern League and are unbeaten in their five games this season. The match is due to take place on Saturday 6 October, the winners of the tie will receive £15,000 prize money.

CUP VICTORY
Chester overcame City of Liverpool FC 4-0 in their FA Cup second qualifying round tie on Saturday and in doing so picked up £9,000 prize money. Two goals just before half-time from John Pritchard set up the victory that was sealed in the second period by goals from Iwan Murray and Cain Noble - both players a product of the youth system.

Joint manager Bernard Morley said: “No disrespect to them but I thought it was only a matter of time before our class shone through and it was a nice time to score because it certainly took the edge of our half time team talk.”

“City of Liverpool came with a game plan and they were nice and compact in central areas but as soon as we got one they had to open up and before they knew it they were 2-0 down which gave them a mountain to climb but fair play to them they stuck at it and it was a good game for the neutral.”


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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21 September 2018
YOUTH TEAM PROGRESS

The Youth Team won 6-0 at Marine in the FA Youth Cup first round qualifying with goals from Leighton Kendrick, James Cottrell, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes, Will Goodwin and two from Stuart Crilly. The side will now face local rivals Wrexham at home in the second qualifying round with the match due to take place in the week commencing Monday, 1 October, kick-off 19.00hrs.

BACK TO BACK VICTORIES
Chester followed up their victory at Boston by defeating second placed Kidderminster Harriers 3-1 at home on Tuesday night. The Blues were forced to make a late change with captain Scott Burton being injured in the pre-match warm up, as a result Iwan Murray was promoted from the bench for his full debut.

It took just six minutes for the youth team player to make his mark by winning a penalty duly converted by Anthony Dudley to give the Blues the lead at the break. Matty Hughes doubled the advantage on 52 minutes before Harriers pulled a goal back from the penalty spot through Ed Williams after Danny Livesey was pulled up for handball. Chester sealed victory nine minutes from time as Hughes netted his second goal to settle any late nerves and bag the three points.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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17 September 2018
VICTORY AT BOSTON

Goals from Steve Howson and Dan Mooney gave Chester a great 2-0 win a sixth placed Boston United on Saturday. Both goals came in a eight minute spell early in the second half.

12 September 2018
BLUES HELD AT HOME

Chester were held at home 0-0 by bottom of the table FC United of Manchester last night. As a result The Blues remain 17th in the table.

10 September 2018
FA CUP DRAW

Chester have been drawn at home to City of Liverpool FC in the FA Cup Second Qualifying round, the match is due to take place on Saturday 22 September. Prize money for the match is £9,000. City of Liverpool play in the North West Counties League Premier Division and have won four of their opening five games this season. They are a fan owned club that have only been in existence for three years.

Blues joint manager Anthony Johnson said: “You want to be out the hat first and we were last year and we were again this year. They will be well up for it and they are smashing everyone in sight at that level of football so they will be flying for it. They’ve got some good players, too. Jamie McDonald was great for Warrington and Craig Cairns bags 30 a season at that level so they will carry a threat. It’s a great tie and both sides will be bang up for it and it should be a great game.”

9 September 2018
BLUES FIGHT BACK TO WIN THRILLER

Chester’s long wait to stage their second home game of the season was well worth the wait as they came from behind to beat Bradford (Park Avenue) 5-3. Avenue took the lead as early as the fourth minute only for Dan Mooney to restore parity two minutes later. On 12 minutes fine work from Simon Grand wet up Anthony Dudley who header Chester into a 2-1 lead. Matty Hughes and Mooney went close before Craig Mahon scored the third just after the half hour. The visitors pulled a goal back moments before half-time as Jake Beesley, son of former Chester defender Paul, shook off a shaky Chester defence to score from close range.

Eight minutes into the second half Bradford drew level with Oli Johnson bundling the ball home. Chester restored their lead on 74 minutes with a superb through ball from mahon finding Mooney who curled a shot into the bottom corner of the goal. Ten minutes from time Luke Jordan came on for his debut and the youngster won a penalty in added time that was concerted for Dudley to seal the three points.


League table after Bradford match
8 September 2018
BLUES SIGN WINGER

Winger Luke Jordan has joined Chester from Ramsbottom United, the 19-year-old is expected to join the squad for Saturday's home game against Bradford (Park Avenue), kick-off 15.00hrs. It will be Chester's first home game since the opening day of the season following water damage to the Deva Control Room.

3 September 2018
LATE GOAL RESCUES BLUES

A looping header in added time from Jon Moran rescued a point for Chester at Guiseley. The Yorkshire side had taken the lead at Nethermoor through Scott Garner heading home from a free-kick in the 88th minute before the Blues grabbed that late vital point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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