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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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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
Chester are back in home league action on Saturday
when Blyth Spartans visit Deva Stadium, kick-off
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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
17 September 2021
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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.”
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.”
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NEW DEALS FOR DUO
Declan Weeks and Kevin Roberts have both signed new deals at Chester, as winger Adam Thomas joins from Curzon Ashton.
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