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MATCH REPORTS 2021/22

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SEPTEMBER
Alfreton Town (H) | Chorley (A) | Darlington (A FAC2Q) | Darlington (H FAC2QR) | Blyth Spartans (H)
Tuesday 21 September
Chester 1 Darlington 0
FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Replay
Attendance: 1,064 Half Time: 0-0
Booked: Askew.

Chester: Gray, Grand, Weeks, Hardy (Livesey 89), Glendon, Waring, Dudley (Johnston 65), Clark, Williams, Morgan (Marsh-Hughes 76), Askew. Subs not used: Smith, Lowe, Heywood, Hughes.
Darlington: Taylor, Smith, Wheatley, Hedley (Lambert 81), Hatfield, Charman, Cassidy, Storey, Nelson (Dos Santos 60), Griffiths, Cooper. Subs not used: Mondal, Martin, Beauchamp, Purver, Hope.

Referee: M.Barlow.

A James Hardy goal five minutes from time sends Chester through to a Third Qualifying Round match at Marske United.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match pictures | Match highlights [YouTube]
Saturday 18 September
Darlington 0 Chester 0
FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Attendance: 1,035 Half Time: 0-0
Booked: -.

Darlington: Taylor, Smith, Wheatley, Hatfield, Charman, Mondal (Dos Santos 52), Cassidy, Purver (Nelson 60), Griffiths, Cooper, Storey. Subs not used: Hedley, Rivers, Martin, Hope, Lambert.
Chester: Gray, Roberts, Williams, Grand, Askew, Weeks, Lacey, Hardy (Johnston 83), Dudley, Stephenson (Marsh-Hughes 79), Waring (Livesey 83). Subs not used: Morgan, Clark, Lowe, Horsfield.

Referee: P.Brown.

Chester keep a clean sheet and force a Tuesday night replay in the FA Cup.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match pictures

Saturday 11 September
Chorley 4 Chester 1
National League North
Attendance: 1,520 Half Time: 3-1
Booked: Glendon, Hardy.
Sent-off (second yellow): Glendon.

Chorley: Urwin, Henley, Leather, Baines, Whitehouse, Calveley, Cardwell (Blyth 57), Tomlinson, Shenton (Okome 84), Blakeman, Hall (Alli 69). Subs not used: Spencer-McDermott, Scarborough.
Chester: Gray, Cowan, Livesey, Williams, Grand, Clark (Waring 42), Weeks, Glendon, Johnston (Dudley 57), Stephenson, Askew (Hardy 57). Subs not used: Roberts, Lacey.

Referee: D.Rogers.

Chester were made to pay for a sluggish start by Chorley who found themselves 3-0 up with just over half an hour played. After going close early on the home side opened the scoring on eight minutes as harry Cardwell rose highest to head home a Billy Whitehouse cross.

Chester responded and saw efforts from Josh Askew and Matty Williams effort saved by Matt Urwin. The Magpies doubled their lead however on 20 minutes with Ollie Shenton converting Will Tomlinson’s driven cross into he box.

Cardwell
almost scored his second moments later heading just wide but wasn’t to be denied in the 36th minute, forcing the ball home from close range following an Adam Blakeman corner.

The Blues pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, Dan Cowan was on hand to score from close range after Danny Livesey had flicked on a Declan Weeks free kick.

Weeks was denied twice in the closing seconds of the half as Chester pressed for another goal.

Six minutes into the second half Chorley grabbed their fourth as Scott Leather side footed home from close range from a corner giving Louis Gray no chance.

Chester’s miserable day was completed ten minutes from time with the dismissal of George Glendon for two yellow cards.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League table after this match | Match pictures

Saturday 4 September
Chester 3 Alfreton Town 2
National League North
Attendance: 1,368 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: Gray, Askew, Clark.
Sent-off: Livesey.

Chester: Gray, Cowan, Livesey, Williams, Askew, Weeks, Glendon, Clark, Hardy (Roberts 73), Johnston, Dudley (Stephenson 64). Subs not used: Grand, Lacey, Marsh-Hughes.
Alfreton Town: Willis, Clackstone, Wilde, Lund (Branson 82), Smith, Allan (Wiley 46), Hobson, Evans, Read, Southwell, Reeves (Tuton 86). Subs not used: Smith-Eccles, Stewart.

Referee: J.Mulligan.

This was a game that had just about everything including another late late goal for the Blues.

After an even start that saw both sides create half chances it was Chester who broke the deadlock on 30 minutes as a reverse ball from Anthony Dudley found James Hardy who turned his marker twice on the edge of the box before firing a shot across goal into the far corner.

The visitors had goalkeeper Josh Clackstone to thank for a smart save on the stroke of half-time to deny Dudley doubling Chester’s lead.

A late tackle on Bailey Hobson saw Danny livesey given a straight red card 20 minutes from time. Joint manager Andrew Johnson was also sent to the stands by referee Mulligan.

Ten minutes later Matt Rhead leveled for the visitors scoring at the far post after starting a breakaway move himself. Parity lasted only 60 seconds as Declan Weeks scored in the bottom left corner from outside the box following a throw-in.

Alfreton wouldn’t give up and equalised again through Rhead as he met a right wing cross, out jumped the Blues defence and sent a looping header over Louis Gray into the far corner of the net.

Chester came again and two minutes into added time scored the winning goal as Dan Cowan, despite being held back by a defender, was there to meet Weeks’ right wing corner and head past Clackstone to seal three dramatic points.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League table after this match | Match pictures | Watch the goals (YouTube)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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