The highest crowd of the
season so far, 2,380, saw Chester bounce back from
that defeat with a win over previously unbeaten
Farsley. Chester opened the scoring through Elliott
Whitehouse after just five minutes and doubled their
lead on 13 as captain George Glendon headed home
Declan Weeks’ cross. The Blues created chances
throughout and forced several smart saves from Celtic
‘keeper Zan-Luk Leban.
MIXED WEEKEND FOR CHESTER
A last minute defeat
at Scarborough Athletic on Saturday was followed
up by a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Farsley
Celtic in yesterday’s Bank Holiday fixture.
The Blues were beaten for a third successive match
on their travels as Lewis Maloney scored a free-kick
four minutes into added time just as Chester looked
to have done enough to earn a point. The drama
didn't end there though as Harrison Burke was
sent-off moments later for handling a goal bound
effort on the line. Goalkeeper Wyll Stanway saved
Michael Coulson’s spot-kick in the last
action of the game.
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table after Farsley victory
25 August 2023
CREWE STRIKER SIGNS ON LOAN
Crewe Alexandra centre
forward Connor Evans has signed for Chester on loan
for three months. The 19-year-old player spent last
season on loans at both Marine and Nantwich Town
in the Northern Premier League.
BURTON JOINS MARINE OR THREE
Forward Jake Burton
has joined Marine on loan for three months, he’s
made 2+0 appearances for Chester this season after
signing for the club in the summer.
21 August 2023
BLUES FALL TO EARLY GOAL
Chester were beaten
1-0 at Banbury United on Saturday. The only goal
of the game came as early as the third minute as
Tope Obadeyi turned on the edge of the box to fire
in a shot past Wyll Stanway in the Blues goal. Midway
through the first half Chester hade a great chance
to equalise with Iwan Murray put through one-on-one
but the midfielder could only shoot straight at
home ‘keeper Jack Harding. Ten minutes from
time a Kole Hall header rattled the crossbar and
the same striker saw a header flash over the bar
four minutes later.
18 August 2023
MIDFIELDER SIGNS ON LOAN
The Blues have signed
20-year-old Sheffield United midfielder Frankie
Maguire on loan until the end of the season. Maguire
spent some of last season on loan at Kettering Town
where he scored four goals in 14 appearances for
16 August 2023
BLUES HELD BY CHORLEY
Chester had to be
content with a share of the points following the
goalless draw with Chorley on Tuesday night. The
Blues created plenty of chances throughout the night
with Kole Hall coming closest to breaking the deadlock
after hitting the crossbar moments into the second
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13 August 2023
UP AND RUNNING
Chester got their
first points on the board with an emphatic 3-0 home
victory over King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.
Zak Goodson opened the scoring after just seven
minutes after the Linnets rookie goalkeeper Ronnie
Sandford, on loan from Milton Keynes Dons, failed
to hold Harrison Burkes header leaving Goodson a
tap-in. The visitors came into the game more in
the opening half with Blues goalkeeper Wyll Stanway
making to good saves to reserve the slender lead.
The Blues doubled their advantage ten minutes into
the second half. A through ball over the top from
Lewis Earl found Kieran Coates in plenty of space
down the right, Sandford came rushing out of goal
and was lobbed, the ball falling to Kole Hall who
slotted it past two defenders to score.
wrapped up the three points with a great goal
from Iwan Murray seven minutes from time. Declan
Weeks won the ball in midfield and threaded it
through to Murray who beat his defender and Sandford
from distance to cap a fine individual display
from the midfielder.
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8 August 2023
FA FINE CHESTER £5,000
Chester have been
fined £5,000 by the Football Association following
the pitch invasion and crowd trouble that occurred
at Deva Stadium at the end of the play off semi-final
match against Brackley Town in May. The club have
also received a warning regarding its future conduct
and must adhere to an action plan to prevent those
scenes from happening again.
The club have today condemned the behaviour that
resulted in this charge and has issued the following
“Anti-social or disorderly behaviour of any
sort will not be tolerated at the Deva Stadium.
This was a damaging incident
for our football club and must act as a watershed
moment. We expect all supporters to behave responsibly
and uphold our reputation, as any further incidents
of disorder will have significant consequences.
We know our supporters will
be angry and frustrated by this but share our determination
to ensure the actions of a minority do not derail
the progress we are making as a community football
The fine, damage repairs and increased costs associated
with the action plan, which include stewarding
and policing, amount to more than £30,000,
which has a direct impact on our budget, and Calum’s
ability to assemble the best possible squad.
GEORGE GLENDON RETURNS
George Glendon made
an appearance off the bench last night as Chester
were beaten 4-0 at Deva Stadium by a Manchester
United X1 in a friendly match. Glendon has been
out of the side for over a year through injury and
came on in the 37th minute. The game attracted a
crowd of 2,659.
Chester: Stanway (Beswick 83),
Thomas (Davies 76), Forde, Earl, Heywood, Bott,
Daly, Murray (Glendon 37), Rosenblatt, Goodson,
Clarke (Butler 63).
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7 August 2023
DISAPPOINTING OPENER FOR BLUES
The new National League
North season got underway on Saturday with a 2-0
defeat at newly promoted Bishop’s Stortford.
The game, which saw very few chances at either end
appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before
Chester lost the services of Matty Williams through
injury just after the hour mark.
The home side pressed late on and took the lead
on 80 minutes through Ayo Shogbeni following a free-kick.
Harrison Burke injured in the buildup to the goal
also went off injured.
Three minutes from time Stortford wrapped up the
three points with Ryan Charles converting again
following a cross from the right. Chester came close
to pulling one back in the nine minutes of added
time but Declan Weeks saw his low crisp shot well
saved by Jack Giddens in the home goal.
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