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MARCH
Tranmere Rovers (CSCQF H) | Bradford (Park Avenue) (A)
Saturday 7 March
Bradford (Park Avenue) 2 Chester 1
National League North
Attendance: 525 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: Elliott, Grand.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Nicholson, Toulson, Demetriou, Lund, Priestley, Nowakowski, Knight (Hall 77), Hurst, Clare, Johnson (Clee 74), Hibbs. Subs not used: Green, Byrne.
Chester: Gray, Waters, K.Roberts, Grand, Jones, Stopforth (Burton 14), G.Roberts, Jackson, Johnston, Elliott (Asante 66). Subs not used: Morgan, Ngwatala.
Referee: Kristian Silcock
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This was a dreadful result for Chester who were beaten 2-1 at bottom of the table Bradford (Park Avenue) and drop to sixth place.

Chester made five changes from the side that were beaten at home by Brackley Town last week. Louis Gray started in goal and Gary Stopforth, Matty Waters, Gary Roberts and Danny Elliott returned to the starting X1.

Bradford, with a strong wind behind them, put Chester under pressure from the start forcing a succession of corners. The Blues were dealt a blow on 15 minutes when Stopforth had to be carried off following a collision, Scott Burton coming on to replace him.

Despite the home side’s dominance it was Chester who had the best chance to open the scoring when Anthony Dudley’s through ball found John Johnson one-on-one with goalkeeper Tom Nicholson, but instead of shooting he passed to Elliott and as the bull held up on the glue-pot of a pitch the opportunity was wasted

Billy Priestley twice saw headers saved by Gray in the Chester goal though four minutes before the break Gray was beaten as Tom Clare forced a Ryan Toulson cross over the line from close range despite protests from the Blues for a foul.

Chester drew level six minutes in to the second half as Waters scored directly from a corner. But instead of sparking the Blues on, it was the home side who were stirred into action and they restored their lead on 67 minutes.

A long throw was headed home past Gray by Oli Johnson. Chester showed no creativity and struggled to test the home side.

They did have two more chances of note though as 12 minutes from time Bradley Jackson set-up substitute Akwasi Asante but he shot over the bar when well placed, and George Waring headed a Jackson cross wide as time ran out on a disappointing display.


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Tuesday 3 March
Chester 1 Tranmere Rovers 0
Cheshire Senior Cup Quarter-Final
Attendance: 464 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Gray, Morgan, Waters, G.Roberts, Jones, Burke, Ngwatala (Hayes 65), Stopforth, Elliott (Hughes 61), Waring (Goodwin 61), Crilly. Subs: Griffiths, Cottrell.
Tranmere Rovers: Pilling, Gumbs, Ray, Woods, Caprice, Banks, Potter, Walker-Rice, Gilmour, Payne, Ferrier. Subs: Passant, Thompson, Hayde, Burton.
Referee: Claudio Gavillucci
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Danny Elliott scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after 20 minutes as Chester booked a place in the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final and a home match against Hyde United.

Elliott recently returned fro a loan spell at Alfreton Town and coolly converted the spot-kick awarded after Stuart Crilly had been fouled in the box by Jake Caprice.

Chester handed a debut to Louis Gray in goal and there was a spot in the middle of the defence for 17-year-old scholar Harrison Burke. George Waring went close early on for Chester who also saw Luke Pilling in the Rovers goal save well to deny Elliott a second goal.

Gray was called into action after the break saving well to deny Stefan Payne and gary Roberts was on hand to block an Ollie Banks effort soon after.

Will Goodwin went close to doubling the lead, forcing another smart save from Pilling before ex-Serie A referee Claudio Gavillucci blew for full time as Chester booked their semi-final date with Hyde United.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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