Four minutes into the second
period the turnaround was complete as Akwasi Asante
rounded goalkeeper Charlie Alison to put Chester
2-1 in front. Gary Roberts wrapped up the points
in style with a 30-yarder (pictured below) that
gave Albinson no chance 20 minutes from time.
MIXED BAG FOR BLUES
Chester started the festive
period with a superb 3-1 victory at Southport
on Boxing Day only to follow it up with a surprising
1-0 home loss against Curzon Ashton.
The Blues started the Southport match well and
were unfortunate to find themselves a goal down
against the run of play when former player Ryan
Astles opened the scoring for the home side. Chester
had already hit the woodwork twice before George
Waring converted a George Glendon cross to equalise
on 33 minutes.
Joint manager Bernard Morley told the Chester Chronicle:
“That was probably one of the best performances
I’ve seen in my 18 months at Chester. I felt
like we stuck to the game plan. We had to outwork
them on their patch to get something out of the
game which we clearly did. We went 1-0 down but
we reacted really well and everybody stuck to their
job and that is the reason we have had a great result.”
As a Chester manager I’m proud of the performance
and for Chester fans, I know it was difficult for
them to get here today with no trains and what not.
There had to be a good six or seven hundred standing
in the rain and here in the main stand, it was unbelievable
and it drives us on.”
© Rick Matthews
Chester were forced into
two changes for the visit of The Nash with both
Bradley Jackson and Danny Livesey missing out through
injury, they were replaced by James Jones and Elton
Like AFC Telford
in the last home match, Curzon defended deep and
Chester found it difficult to break through. Ngwatala
had the ball in the net but was flagged offside,
Cameron Mason was forced into a great save to deny
Asante as Chester pressed.
Early in the second half the visitors scored the
decisive goal as former player Andy Halls heading
home at the far post from a corner. Another former
player, Sean Miller, almost doubled the lead as
his curling shot beat Russell Griffiths but came
back off the post.
Mason made two stunning saves in the final ten minutes
to deny Anthony Dudley, whose shot took a deflection,
and Asante, who looked certain to score with a volley
from ten yards out.
table after Curzon Ashton defeat
Chester supporters are invited
to a Memorial Service in memory of Gary Talbot which
will take place on Friday 3 January at St Mary’s
Church, Eccleston starting at 14.00hrs. It follows
a private family funeral service in the morning.
22 December 2019
GARY TALBOT 1937-2019
such a sad day for Chester fans. The word
legend is often overused in football but
if any Chester player deserves the accolade
it is Gary Talbot who has sadly died at
the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.
A predatory goalscorer he was a member of
the 1964/65 “Famous Five” forward
line and the club’s record Football
League goalscorer for many years until his
total was surpassed by Stuart Rimmer in
the 1990s. Gary also had the distinction
of scoring one of the FA Cup’s fastest
ever hat-tricks, in just under three minutes,
against Crewe Alexandra in November 1964.
All these feats were achieved while juggling
a successful career as a press photographer.
20 December 2019
MAHON OUT ON LOAN
Chester’s longest serving
player Craig Mahon has joined Ashton United on a
one month loan. The winger has made 175+64 appearances
for the Blues scoring 18 goals. Mahon has been with
the club since signing for Neil Young from Vauxhall
Motors in the summer of 2013.
17 December 2019
First half goals from Bradley
Jackson and Akwasi Asante helped see Chester through
to the second round of the FA Trophy last night
in front of a crowd of 613. Hednesford Town pulled
a goal back after the break through Glover and saw
a Hurst shot hit the post as the Pitmen pressed
for an equaliser late in the game.
Chester will now travel to Royston Town on January
11 for their second round match, kick-off 15.00hrs.
16 December 2019
FA TROPHY DRAW
Should Chester overcome Hednesford
Town in tomorrow night’s FA Trophy first round
replay, they will face a trip to Southern League
Central Division side Royston Town in Round Two.
The Hertfordshire side pulled off one of the shocks
of the first round beating Boreham Wood 2-0 on Saturday.
KING’S LYNN MATCH
Following King’s Lynn
Town’s win over Dover Athletic in the FA Trophy
on Saturday, the home league game against the Linnets
scheduled for Saturday 11 January has been postponed.
14 December 2019
YOUTH TEAM VICTORY
Captain Cain Noble scored
the only goal of the game after 56 minutes as Chester’s
U19 Academy team beat York City 1-0 at Bootham Crescent
in the National League Academy Cup yesterday.
Chester: Josh Schofield, Louis
Hayes, Harry Molyneux, James Cottrell, George Woodburn,
Gorge Macready, Jake Hampson, Cain Noble, Will Goodwin,
Regan Rubin, Tom Ruffer.
Should Saturday’s FA
Trophy match at Hednesford Town end in a draw then
a replay will take place at Chester on Tuesday 17
December, kick-off 19.45hrs.
9 December 2019
DEFEAT AT DARLINGTON
It proved another fruitless
trip to the north east on Saturday as Chester were
beaten 2-0 at Darlington. Both goals came in the
opening 45 minutes, with the second half delayed
by half an hour due to floodlight failure. The defeat
now leaves Chester ten points behind leaders King’s
Joint manager Bernard Morley said: “To concede
at half time in the manner that we did is not acceptable
and in terms of application that wasn’t a
Chester side I could identify with from the last
17 games. We got beaten up in the first 20 minutes,
we were second to every second ball and were basically
outworked. However we got them in at half time and
had nothing to lose. We wanted them to have a go
and I think that it’s clear that they’ve
had a go.”
threw bodies on the line for 45 minutes and the
penny just hasn’t dropped for us today but
that’s just football. We’ll always
pick the bones out of any goal we concede, and
any goal we concede is not acceptable, but we
bang on about midfield runners and Holness was
a midfield runner and we’ve not tracked
“The second goal you can’t
legislate for mistake like that. If we get in
at 1-0 then the second half might have been a
different game. But we haven’t scored today
and that is unlike us. We simply weren’t
good enough and we didn’t convert our chances.
We’ve had a dozen corners, a dozen throws
into the box, we’ve recycled the ball well
into the box but it just hasn’t fallen for
Chester are in FA Trophy
first round action on Saturday when they travel
to Keys Park to play BetVictor Southern Premier
Central team Hednesford Town, kick-off 15.00hrs.
table after Darlington defeat