GROUND CAPACITY INCREASED
The ground capacity
at Chester has been increased to 4,361 following
a meeting of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG). The
capacity had previously been reduced by SAG following
the dissorder that took place after the play-off
match with Brackley Town at the end os last season.
This increase in capacity means that fans now have
the option to pay at the turnstiles (card/contactless
payments) for the Harry McNally Terrace on Saturday
against Banbury United, with the remaining stands
to follow from the next home fixture against Scarborough.
29 January 2024
STALEMATE AT THE WALKS
Chester and Kings
Lynn Town had to settle for a point each as the
sides fought out a goalless draw at The Walks on
Saturday. It was a game of very few chances, Charlie
Caton put an effort wide whille The Linnets failed
to have a single effort of goal for the entire first
half! Wyll Stanway was finally called into action
ten minutes after the restart saving well from Greg
Taylor. Chester almost snatched all three points
late on but Paul Jones saved from both Caton and
Elliott Whitehouse to ensure the points were shared.
after King’s Lynn draw
24 January 2024
PEERS AT THE DOUBLE
Two first half goals
from striker Tom Peers gave Chester a deserved win
over play-off rivals Chorley at Victory Park. Just
over 300 Blues fans made the trip and were rewarded
in the fifth minute as Peers converted a Charlie
Caton pass past Matt Urwin in the Magpies goal.
The Blues created several chances before Peers struck
again seven minutes before half-time beating Urwin
with a long range effort into the bottom corner.
The Blues will be looking to make it three wins
in a week when they travel down to King’s
Lynn Town on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.
22 January 2024
BLUES BEAT THE FREEZE
On a day that saw
many National League North matches fall foul of
the winter frost, Chester got back to winning ways
with a 2-0 home victory over bottom of the table
An excellent debut from Jid Okeke saw him pick of
the Player of the Match award as second half goals
from George Glendon, and a first for the club by
Christian Norton, with the last kick of the game,
finally saw off their opponents. Things may have
been different early on but for a miss by Kane Crichlow
who blazed over the bar when well placed to open
the scoring in the opening period.
table after Bishop’s Stortford victory
19 January 2024
DEFENDER SIGNS ON LOAN
Chester have signed
19-year-old defender Jid Okeke on a youth loan from
Stockport County. The German-born player has signed
on a six week deal and comes in at a time that sees
Kieran Coates ruled out of action through injury.
17 January 2024
The Blues were left
frustrated when they failed to capitalise on Saturday’s
victory as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Buxton
last night. The visitors scored in the second minute
through Sam Osborne. Despite plenty of possession
Chester found chances at a premium and failed to
really test goalkeeper Joe Young in the visitors’
goal all night.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Chester recorded their
first win of the year with a comfortable 3-0 victory
over Gloucester City on Saturday. The Blues opened
the scoring on the stroke of half time as Iwan Murray
found the net following a smart short corner routine.
Striker Tom Peers, returning from injury, doubled
the lead ten minutes into the second half before
captain George Glendon completed the scoring just
after the hour mark. The Blues will be looking to
build on this viceroy when they are back at home
on Tuesday night against Buxton, kick-off 19.45hrs.
© Rick Matthews
9 January 2024
DUO RETURN FROM LOAN
Two players have returned
to Chester following loan spells away. Forward Zack
Clarke has been at Caernarfon Town where he scored
eight goals this season in the Welsh Premier League.
Meanwhile defender Nathan Woodthorpe is also back
from his loan spell at Marine where he scored one
goal and made 31 appearances for the Crosby based
8 January 2024
Chester were beaten
1-0 at home by a well-organised Rushall Olympic
side on Saturday to slip out of the play-off places.
The only goal of the game came on 33 minutes through
Rico Browne heading home from a corner. The Blues
created little until the final ten minutes that
saw Kole Hall have a volley blocked and Kevin Roberts
send an effort over the bar from six yards out.
© Rick Matthews
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5 January 2024
BURKE EXTENDS CONTRACT
Harrison Burke has signed a new two and and half
year deal at Chester. The 21-year-old defender graduated
through the academy to the first team and signed
professional terms in October 2020. He has gone
on to make 67+13 appearances for the first team,
scoring seven goals.
Manager Calum McIntyre told the club’s official
website: “To have secured a player as important
to us as Harrison until 2026 is really pleasing
for everyone at the club.”
“Harrison has cemented himself as a key figure
in the first team and being a home grown Academy
product, is someone that the fans have developed
a real affinity with.”
“I have no doubts that Harrison will play
at a higher level and everyone looks forward to
the next chapter of his journey.”
© Rick Matthews
2 January 2024
POOR START TO THE NEW YEAR
Chester turned in
a performance to forget as they were beaten 1-0
at Warrington Town on New Year’s Day. The
400 soaked Chester fans in the capacity crowd of
2,000 had very little to cheer as the Blues failed
to force home goalkeeper Daniel Atherton into a
single save in the 90 minutes.
The only goal of the game came in the fourth minute
as a teasing cross in from the left by Andy White
was turned home at the second attempt from close
range by Josh Amis. The hosts almost doubled their
advantage just before half-time with Connor Woods
seeing an effort come back off the post.
Chester will look to put this performance behind
them when they are next in action with a home game
against Rushall Olympic on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.
© Rick Matthews
TWO PLAYERS RECALLED
Tom Sparrow has been
recalled by Stoke City following his loan spell
at Chester, the defender made 12+0 appearances for
the Blues. Also leaving after his loan spell is
Frankie Maguire who returns to Sheffield United
after making 4+6 appearances on loan.
WINDSOR JOINS MARINE
Forward Owen Windsor has left Chester today to join Marine.
|BLUES HELD AT HOME
Chester take the lead through Christian Norton but are held at home by Spennymoor.
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