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AUGUST

29 August 2023
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.

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.


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Latest 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 MONTHS
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 the Poppies.
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 half.


Picture © Rick Matthews
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.

Chester 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.


Picture © Rick Matthews

Latest table after King’s Lynn match | More photographs |

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 statement...

“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.

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.

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 club.”
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).


Picture © Rick Matthews
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.


Picture © Rick Matthews

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