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30 September 2021
YOUTH CUP VICTORY

Goals from Reece Daly and Max Giani gave Chester a 2-0 victory over Altrincham in their Second Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup in front of a crowd of 306 at Deva Stadium last night.

Chester: Smith, Lee, Heywood, Reece Daly, Walters (Maris 41), Ashworth, Bavington (Collins 77), Regan Daly, Giani, Griffiths, Nelson. Subs not used: Beswick, Challinor, Stark, Peake.
Altrincham: Forde, McGeady, Aldcroft, Evans, Cook, Watson, Morton, Trevor, Morrison, Rodgers-Morris, Hussain. Subs: Matthews, Kelly, Giblin, Bailey, Wall, Lawson, Benton.

The team have been handed another home tie in the Third Round Qualifying when they will face Grimsby Town in the week commencing 11 October.

WOMEN’S FA CUP TIE
The Chester FC Women’s side are looking to beat their attendance record, currently 174, on Sunday when they host Salford City Lionesses in the Second Qualifying Round of the Women’s FA Cup. The tie at Deva Stadium kick’s-off at 14.00hrs, admission is Adults £3.00, Concessions £1.00.

NEW DEAL FOR ASKEW
Defender Josh Askew has signed a new deal to keep him at Chester until the end of the season.

28 September 2021
FA YOUTH CUP

The Youth Team are at home to Altrincham in the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night, kick-off 19.30hrs. Admission prices are: Adults £3.00, Concession’s and Under 18’s £1.00. There is also a Legends Lounge package available for £15.00 (Adults) or £13.00 (Concession’s and Under 18’s), which includes match admission, team sheet, hot drinks, a chicken or vegetable curry and access to a cash bar. Please call 01244 371376 or email commercial@chesterfc.com to reserve your place.

27 September 2021
BLUES BLITZ BLYTH

Second half goals from Declan Weeks, George Waring, Anthony Dudley, Matty Williams and new loan signing Jack Redshaw earned Chester three points after a dramatic 5-1 victory over Blyth Spartans at Deva Stadium. The visitors had taken the lead through JJ O’Donnell as early as the fifth minute, the Blues created several chances to draw level but found themselves a goal down at the break.

The second half blitz started five minutes after the restart with James Hardy setting up Weeks. Two goals in three minutes, from Waring and Dudley, then put Chester firmly in control on the hour mark. Matty Williams rose to head home his first goal for the club before Redshaw put the icing on the cake with a goal on his debut from the bench four minutes from time.

Chester take a break from league action on Saturday when they travel to Marske United in the FA Cup, kick-off 15.00hrs. The home side are expecting a large crowd and and recommending supporters who wish to go to the game buy their match tickets in advance.


Picture © Rick Matthews


League table after this match
| Match pictures | Watch the highlights [YouTube]

STRIKER SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed 30-year-old Salford-born forward Jack Redshaw on a three month loan from Ashton United. The striker has previously played for several clubs including Morecambe, Blackpool and Salford City.

22 September 2021
BLUES THROUGH WITH LATE GOAL

Chester booked their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tie at Marske United thanks to a James Hardy goal five minutes from time. The Blues also had goalkeeper Louis Gray to thank for a series of saves, many from long-range to deny Darlington throughout the 90 minutes.

The Blues were forced into three changes from the side that drew the original tie on Saturday, with Darren Stephenson, Kevin Roberts and Paddy Lacey all missed out through injury, with George Glendon, Jamie Morgan and Luke Clark taking their places in the starting X1.

There was a stroke of good fortune with the goal as Hardy took advantage of a miss-hit shot on goal from George Waring that fell to the midfielder six yards out, he controlled the ball on his chest before forcing the shot past Tommy Taylor in the Darlo goal.

Chester are back in home league action on Saturday when Blyth Spartans visit Deva Stadium, kick-off 15.00hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match pictures | Match highlights [YouTube] .

20 September 2021
AWAY TIE AWAITS

Should Chester overcome Darlington in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay, they will face another trip to the north east in the Third Qualifying Round with a visit to Marske United who play in the Northern Premier League East Division. Marske reached this stage following a 3-0 home win over South Shields on Saturday, their sixth successive victory.

First of all the Blues must overcome Darlington at Deva Stadium tomorrow night (kick-off 19.45hrs) after the two sides fought out a goalless draw on Saturday. Will Hatfield had the ball in the net early on for the hosts only for the effort to be ruled offside. Chester welcomed back Paddy Lacey to a side that saw five changes from the one that lost at Chorley seven days earlier.

The winners of tomorrow night’s tie will receive £3,375 in prize money with the losers getting £1,125. You can pre-buy your replay match tickets here.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Match pictures


17 September 2021
HORSFIELD SIGNS

Chester have signed 25-year-old defender James Horsfield on an initial short-term deal. Horsfield, who can also play in midfield, played during the pre-season for the Blues, having made 16 appearances last season for Wrexham.

FA YOUTH CUP DRAW
The Youth Team have been handed another home draw in the competition and will host Altrincham in the Second Round Qualifying in the week commencing 27 September.

16 September 2021
YOUTH TEAM PROGRESS

Second half goals from Jay Lee and Max Giani from gave Chester a 2-0 home victory over Irlam in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup last night in front of a crowd of 247.

Chester: Smith, Daly, Nelson, Heywood, Lee, Buckley-Benbow, Griffiths (Bradley 90), Ashworth, Giani, Daly, Collins (Bavington 64). Subs not used: Beswick, Challinor, Stark, Maris, Peake.


13 September 2021
FA YOUTH CUP

The Youth Team are at home to Irlam in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday 15 September, kick-off 19.30hrs.

DEFAET AT CHORLEY
Chester slipped to 16th in the table following a heavy 4-1 defeat at Chorley on Saturday. The Blues were already three down before Dan Cowan pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time. For the second game in a row the Blues finished with ten men as George Glendon was shown two yellow cards. The midfielder will now sit-out the home league game against Blyth Spartans on 25 September. Defender Danny Livesey was able to play having had his red card last week against Alfreton Town overturned.


Picture © Rick Matthews

League table after this match | Match pictures

7 September 2021
CHORLEY MATCH ALL-TCKET

On police advice, Saturday’s away match at Chorley has now been made all-ticket.

Tickets prices for all areas (standing and unreserved seating) are: Adult £15.00, Concession (60 plus) £12.00, Young Adult (18-21) £7.00, Youth (12-17) £5.00, U12’s Free. Chester supporters can only access the stadium through the Pilling Lane turnstiles.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from chorleyfc.ktckts.com/event/cho2122hlg04/chorley-v-chester

6 September 2021
AWAY TRIP IN FA CUP

Chester have been drawn away to Darlington in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The tie is due to take place on Saturday 18 September, kick-off 15.00hrs.

COWAN HEADER SEALS DRAMATIC WIN
Dan Cowan’s headed goal in an the second minute of added a time sealed a dramatic 3-2 win over Alfreton Town. The Blues had Danny Livesey sent-off, as well as joint manager Anthony Johnson, in a dramatic second half at Deva stadium.

James Hardy had given the Blues a half time lead but the home side were reduced to ten men following Livesey’s red card for a late tackle of Bailey Hobson. Ten minutes from time the visitors drew level through Matt Rhead, however Declan Weeks restored Chester’s lead from long range just sixty seconds later. With two minutes remaining Rhead was on target again to head home Alfreton’s second equaliser as the match looked to be heading for a draw.

However two minutes into stoppage time Cowan rose to meet a Weeks corner and head City’s winner and was promptly mobbed by his ecstatic team mates.

Chester are next in action on Saturday when they visit Chorley, kick-off 15.00hrs. Their opponents made the headlines on Saturday with a thumping 9-0 victory over Gloucester City.


Picture © Rick Matthews

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


2 September 2021
CUP VICTORY FOR YOUNG BLUES

It was a great night for the Youth Team who beat Clitheroe 5-0 in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup in front of a crowd of 351 at Deva Stadium last night. The Chester goals were scored by: Reece Daly, Harry Griffiths (2), Max Giani and Dan Collins.

Chester: Smith, Lee, Nelson (Collins 46), Heywood, Walters, Buckley-Benbow, Griffiths, Ashworth, Giani, Reece Daly, Maris (Bavington 53). Subs not used: Beswick, Stark, Challinor, Regan Daly, Peake.


BLUES SUFFER SECOND DEFEAT
Chester suffered their second defeat in their opening four games when they were beaten 3-1 at Kidderminster Harriers on Bank Holiday Monday. The Blues were without both midfielder’s George Glendon and Declan Weeks for the match which saw Kevin Roberts make his first appearance pf the season. Harriers took the lead on 25 minutes through Omari Sterling who cut in from the left before rifling a shot past Louis Gray. Gray made a tremendous fingertip save to deny Sam Austin in the final action of the opening half.

The Blues, playing in their new yellow away kit, had a great chance toe equalise after the break but Simon Grand, brought on at half-time for Jamie Morgan, skied his effort from six yards over the bar. Mark Carrington doubled the home sides advantage on 63 minutes scoring from outside of the box. Ten minutes later it was 3-0 at Sam Austin slotted home a loose ball from the edge of the box.

Chester scores a consolation goal in the last minute of stoppage time as John Johnston converted a penalty, awarded following a foul on Grand.

On Chester’s slow start to the new season joint manager Anthony Johnson told the Chester Chronicle: “The fact of the matter is we are probably three weeks behind everybody else.”

“That’s not just an arbitrary figure. We weren’t able to train, then in the last four weeks we have trained four times. Then when you are playing at the level we are, you have to consider the two teams we have just played, Kidderminster and Gateshead, train more than that in one week.”

“We have trained four times in four weeks. That’s not an excuse for anything other than the fact we can’t get on the training ground and, when we are getting on a pitch, it is for games.”

“We are quite hopeful that over the next seven days we will have the majority of the squad available – not fit because we can’t train – but available, and that is another massive step closer to where we need to get to.


League table after Kidderminster match
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