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DECEMBER

29 December 2019
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.

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.

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.”


Picture © 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 Ngwatala.

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.

Latest table after Curzon Ashton defeat

MEMORIAL SERVICE
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

It’s 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.

Obituary


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
TROPHY PROGRESS

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.

FA TROPHY
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 Lynn Town.

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.”

“Darlington 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 him.”

“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 us.”

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.

Latest table after Darlington defeat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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