Goals by Adam Kelly and Steve
Brodie gave the reserves a 2-1 victory at Marine last
28 November 2002
CUP TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for Citys FA Cup second round
tie at Morecambe on Saturday 7 December go on general sale today from
14:00 to 19:00hrs with a limit of two tickets per person.
Prices are as follows Stand (158 tickets available): £10.00
adults, £7.00 seniors, and £5.00 juniors.
Terrace (980 tickets available): £9.00 adults, £6.00 seniors,
and £4.00 juniors.
Midfielder Chris Blackburn is out of action
for up to six weeks with a knee injury. He received a cartilage injury
in training last week and will now have to undergo an operation. Manager
Mark Wright said: Chris Blackburn has a cartilage tear after going
over on his leg in training, and he�s now likely to be out for between
six and eight weeks which is disappointing.
Jimmy Kelly, sidelined for five weeks
through injury, has come through a training session and may
be in line for a recall at Southport on Saturday. “We
are very pleased with the way Jimmy has progressed. He has
worked extremely hard to get back to fitness following the
operation and he looks now like he is back to his old sharpness.” said
Wright. “If Jimmy can come through 30 or 45 minutes in
the reserves match (at Marine on Friday) then I’ll definitely
include him as a substitute. It’s obviously a major plus
to have Jimmy available for us again became is a very influential
midfielder.” added Wright.
25 November 2002
WRIGHT PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE
surprisingly manager Mark Wright has praised the whole team for Saturdays
5-0 thrashing of Margate. Daryl Clares hat-trick took his goal tally
to six in four games and hes immediately showing the form that persuaded
City to pay £25,000 for his services. Wright said of Saturdays
man-of-the-match: If anyone gives Daryl Clare half a sniff hell
hit the target and his shots will end up in the back of the net. I was
very pleased with what Daryl did – not only in scoring goals, but
in his link up play. He is strong and he does do the right things, and
by his own admission he still doesnt feel hes quite match-fit
yet, so God knows whats still to come from the boy. Wright
also took time to praise Shaun Carey, who laid-on two of the goals, and
Ben Davies in midfield, one of whom may have to make way when Jimmy Kelly
returns from injury.
Clare, pictured with the signed match ball, was delighted
with his performance: I said to myself that if I got 15-plus goals
from the amount of games left Id be delighted with that. Last weeks
1-0 cup win against Colchester was an impressive performance, and weve
managed to build on that. Weve now got eight clean sheets away
from home, and the main aim now is keeping clean sheets at home as well.
The most important thing for us is to stay at the top with the bunch
of leading clubs. It doesnt matter if youre first or second
up until March when the battle really starts. So its fine to be
in the top two or three for now.
City now face three away matches on the trot against
Southport, Morecambe in the FA Cup and Leigh RMI and will be looking
to keep that impressive away run going. Southport, who include ex-City
striker Steve Whitehall in their ranks, currently lie fourth in the Conference
just four points behind City with a home record of: P10, W5, D4, L1,
F18 A9. the only defeat was on Saturday at the hands of table toppers
23 November 200
CITY LOOKING FOR THE DOUBLE
Mark Wright has no fresh injury worries ahead of today’s home Conference
match with Margate. Ryan Sugden, City’s leading scorer, will be hoping
to replace Chris Tate up front from the team that won last Saturday. Wright
has outlined his intentions to look for a target man for new signing Daryl
Clare to play off. “I’ve said before that Ryan Sugden is not
the finished article,” said Wright. “He’s quick and he’s
done well but he’s still got a lot to learn. I’m now looking
for Ryan to respond in the right way. I don’t want sulkers at this
club so I’ll be looking for a good reaction on the training ground.
I’ve explained to Ryan that with Daryl Clare now playing for us we
need a target man for Daryl to feed off”. Dave Cameron was brought
in to fill the role in the summer but hasn’t impressed the manager.
Mark Beesley is available again after injury and will compete with Sugden
for a place as the Blues look to win their first home match for two months.City’s
opponents Margate lie in 16th place with 21 points from 18 games and will
be buoyed following their 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient in the FA Cup last
week, ex-City player John Keister scoring a spectacular equaliser for The
Gate, who will be without dangerous striker Leon Braithwaite currently
sidelined with a broken jaw. The side’s last met in early October
when Dave Cameron’s late goal gave City three points.
21 November 2002
FA CUP TICKET DETAILS
fans will need tickets for the forthcoming FA Cup second round match at
Morecambe. Chester City have been allocated the Umbro Stand, 980 standing
spaces and also the wing section of Block A of the Main Stand, 158 spaces.
Total spaces 1,138. Admission for Chester City supporters is by pre purchased
ticket, (available only from Chester City) and will be through turnstiles
12, 13, & 14, at the Lancaster end of the ground.
There will be NO cash admission to Chester City supporters
on the day, It is however, fully expected that Chester City will sell their
allocation of 1,138 tickets. Ticket sale details are expected to be announced
early next week.
20 November 2002
TATE SCORES DOUBLE FOR ORIENT
Chris Tate scored twice for Leyton Orient reserves
in a 3-2 win at Sixfields against Northampton Town reserves this afternoon.
City are keen to extend Tate�s loan for another month but the London club
want City to take him on permanently. �It�s a very difficult situation,
but we�re keen to keep him at Chester. Chris Tate is bubbly, enthusiastic,
and he�s just what we want, but there isn�t a lot we can do. Our chairman,
Stephen Vaughan, is talking to their chairman today, and it�s all up in
the air.� said manager Mark Wright. It appears that Tate’s double
has earned him a possible chance off making the Orient squad for Saturday’s
game against Hartlepool United.
NEW ROLE FOR SPINK
Telford Uniteds Dean Spink has
departed the Nationwide Conference club to take up the player/assistant-managers
job at UniBond League First Division side Kidsgrove Athletic.
The 34-year-old became assistant-manager at the Deva Stadium
during the reign of the infamous Terry Smith. Spink made four
starts for Telford in the Conference this season and joins
his former Cestrian team-mate Andy Porter at Clough Hall.
Telford manager Jake King told the Shropshire Star newspaper. “I
am very disappointed because Dean has been absolutely magnificent for us.
He has been very patient in waiting for his chance and when it came along
a few games ago, he did not let anybody down. I know he has been waiting
for his chance to go into coaching and this was too good a chance for him
to turn down, and he leaves the club with our best wishes.”
ENGLAND CALL FOR RYAN
Ryan Sugden made his England National
Game X1 debut this afternoon after being picked in the starting
line-up to play against an Italy side drawn from players in ‘Serie
C’. The side selected for the game is as follows:
1. Matt Baker Hereford United
2. Adam Lockwood Yeovil Town
3. Michael Rose Hereford United
4. Lee Johnson (Captain) Yeovil Town
5. Jonathon Boardman Woking
6. Warren Peyton Nuneaton Borough
7. John Kennedy Canvey Island
8. Wayne Purser Barnet
9. Garry Thompson Morecambe
10. Ryan Sugden Chester City
11. Aaron Webster Burton Albion
12. Dale Anderson Burton Albion
13. Chris Weale Yeovil Town
14. Martyn Lancaster Chester City
15. Chris Blackburn Chester City
16. Darren Way Yeovil Town
The England National Game XI (formerly
the England Semi Pro XI) this afternoon took on an Italy
side drawn from players in ‘Serie C’, in the
Stadio Giovanni Zini in Cremona.
After a tough first half, the young Italians
from clubs in Serie C1 and Serie C2 had given Steve Avory’s
young England National Game XI a footballing lesson, going
into the half-time break 3-0 to the good.
The second-half saw an England fightback,
with goals from Canvey Island’s debutant John Kennedy,
following up a Sugden shot spilled by the keeper, and Woking
defender Jon Boardman inspiring the Three Lions to a rousing
Unfortunately, a disallowed goal, and another
effort that hit the woodwork meant that at the final whistle,
Steve Avory’s side walked off the pitch in front of
the 1,500 supporters with the scoreline: Italy 3-2 England
National Game XI.
Both Martyn Lancaster and Chris Blackburn
made second half appearances from the bench.
EXILES SOCIAL NIGHT
The Exiles will be meeting next
at the Knight’s Templar, Chancery Lane, London WC2 this
Thursday night. All City fans are welcome to join us. We’ll
be meeting in the upstairs area from 19:00hrs.
18 November 2002
WRIGHT PRAISES CUP HERO
manager Mark Wright was full of praise for Saturday’s
goal scorer Chris Tate who is currently on a loan spell at
the club from Leyton Orient. Tate’s goal and all-round
battling performance on Saturday helped the Blues to a 1-0
win at Colchester United in the FA Cup.
Manager Wright told the local press: “Chris
holds the ball up, touches balls on, he has the know-how,
but he’s good in the dressing room as well. He’s
a bubbly character, gets hold of people, and relaxes them.
I’ve got a lot of time for Chris Tate because it’s
always nice to have a big striker up front who can spring,
and if we throw balls in he’s going to get on the end
of them. He finished his goal ever so well after being unlucky
beforehand – the Colchester keeper made three or four
good saves throughout the game, compared to our keeper who
had one shot bounce off him. Colchester threw a lot of balls
into our box, but our defenders did exceptionally well again.”
City’s financial reward for the win
on Saturday was £20,000 which goes a long way to the
squad rebuilding that’s been taking place over recent
weeks. “We all know as a club we’re continuing
to step in the right direction, so we’re pleased with
the way we’re going, and now we’ll obviously
get another cash reward which will pay for Daryl Clare. It’s
good business, because when you think about it we’ve
now got Daryl Clare for nothing if you look at the money
we’ve won from the cup so far.”
The Blues now have to travel to Christie
Park in round two when they will face another high-riding Conference
side Morecambe, themselves giant-killers on Saturday with a
2-1 win at Chesterfield. “Morecambe are a good side at
home, but we’re playing better away than at home and
we think we’ve got a good chance, said Wright.” On
the draw Morecambe manager Jimmy Harvey said: “I would
have thought none of the Conference clubs would have wanted
to have been drawn against one another. I wouldn't have chosen
that, but I will say we are delighted we have got a home draw.”
17 November 2002
FA CUP DRAW
Following yesterday’s FA Cup win
at Colchester, City have been given another tough draw away
at Morecambe on Saturday 7 December in the second round.
The second round draw in full:
Morecambe v Chester City
Shrewsbury Town v Barrow
Harrogate Railway v Bristol City
Darlington v Stevenage Borough
Oldham Athletic or Burton Albion v Cheltenham Town
Macclesfield Town v Vauxhall Motors or Queens Park Rangers
Scarborough or Cambridge United v Northampton Town
Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City v Kidderminster Harriers or Rushden & Diamonds
Southport v Farnborough Town
Tiverton Town or Crawley Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Bristol Rovers or Runcorn v Rochdale
Wigan Athletic v Luton Town
Stockport County v Plymouth Argyle
Southend United or Hartlepool United v Bournemouth
Oxford United v Swindon Town
York City or Swansea City v Brentford
Leyton Orient or Margate v Tranmere Rovers or Cardiff City
Scunthorpe United v Carlisle United
Blackpool v Torquay United
Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town
15 November 2002
BLUES IN CUP ACTION
players are back in FA Cup action tomorrow when they take on
second division Colchester United at Layer Road. Michael Twiss
is doubtful with an injured calf but apart from Jimmy Kelly
there are no other injury worries. The winners of the tie with
scoop an impressive £20,000 in prize money.
Despite the two division gap manager Mark Wright, who has played in two
FA Cup finals in his day, said the players will go into the game full of
confidence: �All the players have worked hard in training and we�ve done
nothing differently. We know that if we just play football and if all the
players perform, we�ll do well. Colchester is an away game and won�t be
any different from any of our league games because all our Conference matches
are hard games. I�m confident we�ll do well because we�ve only conceded
one goal in our last nine away games, and that was a penalty. We�ve done
unbelievably well. Lower league clubs always dream of doing well in the
cup, and we�ll be aiming to enjoy ourselves, generate money for the club,
and give it a really good go.
The last visit to Layer Road resulted in a 2-0 defeat on 19 December
1997. Back at the Deva tomorrow, City will be hosting the FA Cup first
round game between Vauxhall Motors and Queens Park Rangers (15:00hrs).
CAMERON ON LOAN
The club have announced that striker Dave
Cameron is to join UniBond League club Droylsden on a months
12 November 2002
CHESHIRE CUP DISMISSAL
have been kicked out of this seasons FA Cheshire Senior Cup, and fined £30,
for fielding an ineligible player, Chris Tate, in last weeks quarter final
win at Stockport County. Tate indeed scored the goal of the game.
The mix-up appears to have taken place during the time former secretary
Michael Beech was suspended from the club. If there is a chance of appeal
then City will take it. Manager Mark Wright isn�t a happy man over the
decision: �We won the game fair and square, we rang up Stockport, who didn�t
report us to the Cheshire FA, and even their manager Carlton Palmer said
we should go through. What I can�t understand is that you can play on-loan
players in the league, the League Cup, the FA Cup, the LDV Vans Trophy
but not the Cheshire FA Senior Cup.
The Blues now miss out on a home semi-final against Northwich Victoria.
Former midfielder Andy Porter has taken
over as a joint caretaker manager at Kidsgrove Athletic following the sacking
of another ex-City player David Nolan. Porter will share the temporary
role with coach Terry Hillman.
LANCASTER AT LINCOLN CITY
Martyn Lancaster has gone on a weeks trial at third division club Lincoln
“Martyn is spending three days on trial at Sincil Bank and we’re
all hoping he can do well because they’re a Football League club. Lincoln
know all about Martyn Lancaster – he’s not playing week in and week
out for our first team at the moment, and we think the decision of a trial at
Lincoln is right for Martyn and for Chester.
Martyn’s contract is up at the end of the season, but if Lincoln
City come up with an offer for him after the trial then we’ll try
and strike a deal for the player.
There are other players who I’m looking to send out to other clubs
on loan deals and on a permanent basis, but nothing is happening at the
moment.” said manager Mark Wright.
EXILES PREDICTION COMPETITION
For those who entered this year’s competition,
the first of the weekly updates is now available on the Exiles pages.
11 November 2002
CITY LIVE ON SKY
Citys home match against Barnet at The Deva
on Saturday 18 January 2003 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports with the
kick-off moved back to 18:00hrs.
WIN FOR YOUTH TEAM
Chesters youth team followed up
last weeks fine 3-0 win at Doncaster Rovers with a 2-0 home victory
over Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. Goals by Dean Buckley and Adam
Kelly lifted the Blues into 6th place with ten points from nine games,
twelve points behind leaders Mansfield Town.
CUP WIN FOR LADIES
Goals by Clare Reynolds and Cally Reid
gave the Chester City Ladies a 2-0 FA Cup second round victory over
Huddersfield Town yesterday. The girls travel to play Liverpool now
in the third round on Sunday 8 December.
Neil Turner and Charlie Lambert are confirmed
as the guest speakers at the next ISA members meeting. This will take place
at Deva Stadium on Monday 25 November at 19:45hrs.
8 November 2002
LAST NIGHTS MEETING
Many thanks to Supporters Trust chairman Graham
Ross for providing the following information regarding last nights
open meeting. Read Grahams report here.
TEAM NEWS FOR TOMORROW
travel to Broadhall Way tomorrow looking for their first league win since
the 1-0 victory at Margate a month ago.
Manager Mark Wright adds Wayne Hatswell and Kevin McIntyre
to the squad, both are back following suspension. Apart from midfielder
Jimmy Kelly, who is recovering well at Lilleshall from his knee operation,
City appear to have no other injury worries.
Stevenage currently lie third from bottom of the Conference
with just one home victory all season. Borough are expected to have central
defender Gary McDonald playing, he joined the club yesterday from second
division Peterborough United on loan.
They have injury problems though with Simon Wormull
and Matt Fisher missing. Jamie Campbell is suspended and Charlie McDonald
and Jason Goodliffe are also ruled out through injury.
The last time the teams met was in April when a
hat-trick from Stuart Whittaker and further goals from David Brown and
Carl Ruffer helped City to a 5-1 home victory.
Congratulations to Ryan Sugden, Chris Blackburn
and Martyn Lancaster who have all been called up to the England National
Game X1 u-23 squad who will play a Serie C representative side at Stadio
Giovanni Zini in Cremona on 20 November.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Matt Baker (Hereford United), Chris Weale (Yeovil Town).
Defenders: Adam Lockwood (Yeovil Town), Jonathon Boardman (Woking), Michael
Rose (Hereford United), Martyn Lancaster (Chester City), John Kennedy (Canvey
Midfielders: Lee Johnson (Yeovil Town), Darren Way (Yeovil Town), Warren
Peyton (Nuneaton Borough), Chris Blackburn (Chester City), Gary Thompson
Forwards: Aaron Webster (Burton Albion), Dale Anderson (Burton Albion),
Ryan Sugden (Chester City), Wayne Purser (Barnet).
7 November 2002
VAUGHAN DISCUSSES PLANS
Chairman Steve Vaughan will attend an open meeting
at Deva Stadium tonight to answer questions concerning his tabled bid for
Tranmere Rovers. Vaughan, clearly unhappy that the news was leaked to the
press at the weekend said: Why should other people see my plans when
other bidders have kept quiet about their proposals? At the end of the
day I�ll go along to tonight�s meeting at Chester and answer any question
thrown at me, but it won�t be an interrogation. I�ll be the only person
on the top table answering questions, but I�m expecting my business executives,
Lee Maloney and Dave Burford, to also be present. People who turn up will
hear about my commitment to Chester and to my company.�
The meeting tonight, arranged by the Supporters Trust, starts at 19:00hrs
and all fans, whether members of the Trust or not, are welcome.
WHITTAKER JOINS RAILYWAYMEN
Stuart Whittaker has joined Conference side
Leigh RMI after he spent a successful month on loan there recently. Manager
Mark Wright had made it clear that he had no future in his plans. Whittaker
did actually turn out for Chester on Monday in the Cheshire Cup match at
Stockport County. In his time at Chester Whittaker played 9+1 games scoring
4 goals. Mark Wright has also hinted that Steve Brodie could also be off
within the next few days.
Meanwhile as one player leaves City are stepping up their hunt for another
midfield player with Rushden’s Tarkan Mustafa rumoured to be a possible
After playing for City on Monday night, Danny
Collins has returned for another one month loan spell with Vauxhall Motors.
6 November 2002
VAUGHAN RESPONDS TO TRANMERE
The Daily Post reports that Steve Vaughan had
written to Tranmere Rovers owner chairman Peter Johnson outlining his plans
should his offer of a takeover be accepted. Plans drawn up by the Chester
City chairman's company Vaughan Promotions for Tranmere include:
1. Vaughan Promotions will build a new ground for Tranmere
on the Wirral.
2. The new stadium will be financed by the sale of
their current home Prenton Park, for development.
3. During the planning and construction of the new
site Tranmere would play their home games at Chester's Deva Stadium as
a temporary measure.
In a Daily Post exclusive this morning, Vaughan
Promotions general manager Lee Maloney said the company had no intention
to merge the two clubs. Maloney said: We believe we have properly
put to rest all the concerns that were raised by the existing Tranmere
Rovers Board and can offer a bright, exciting new future for Tranmere.
Vaughan Promotions have spelled out that it has no desire to move Tranmere
Rovers away from their current seat on the Wirral and the new proposed
stadium is the cornerstone of their future plans for the club.
...AND ASSURES CITY FANS
Speaking later in the day to the Evening Leader Vaughan reassured
City fans about his commitment to the clubs long-term future. I�m
going nowhere! I�m continuing to build and buy for my company, Vaughan
Promotions. Anyone who doubts by commitment towards Chester City FC should
come along to the public meeting at the Deva Stadium tomorrow night.
My company has a property portfolio and everyone should realise I try to
buy property day in and day out. At the end of the day I�m not too happy to discuss
everything I do in the press, but I�m selling assets and generating massive profits
for Vaughan Promotions.
If anyone doubts my commitment to Chester they should know that I�ve just
moved Vaughan Promotions from Liverpool to Watergate Street in Chester, so the
company now operates from Chester. But controversy comes with the territory at
Vaughan Promotions and I shouldn�t be surprised. But I�ve got one message for
every Chester City fan � I�m going nowhere!�
5 November 2002
COLCHESTER CUP TICKETS
have announced that they have a number of tickets available for the FA
Cup match at Colchester United on Saturday 16th.
There are 156 seats at £14.00 (£8 concession OAP & children)
and 350 standing tickets at £12.00 (£6 concession OAP & children)
currently with the club.
It is strongly advised that you buy a ticket in advance if you intend to
travel to the match, any unsold tickets by Chester will be sent to Colchester
for sale on the day on a first come first served basis. Exiled fans who
can’t get to the Deva should post a SAE to secretary Tony Allen asap.
4 November 2002
VAUGHAN TO ADDRESS FANS
Steve Vaughan will attend an open meeting with
supporters this Thursday night at Deva Stadium. The meeting, arranged by
the Chester City Supporters Trust, starts at 19:00hrs.
BBC ONLINE ARTICLE
There is an article about the latest events
co-written by Chester fan and BBC motor racing correspondent Jonathan Legard,
along with Tranmere Rovers fan and BBC sports news correspondent Nigel
Adderley which you can read here.
CHESHIRE CUP WIN
Two goals in extra-time by Danny Byrne gave
City a 3-1 victory at Stockport County in the Cheshire Senior Cup tonight,
after the scores were level
at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Chris Tate scored City’s other goal on the
stroke of half-time.
Senior Cup quarter finals
Remaining ties in the competition are:
Winsford United 0 Northwich Victoria 3
Crewe Alexandra v Vauxhall Motors (13 Nov, at Vauxhall Motors)
Tranmere Rovers v Woodley Sports (19 Nov)
3 November 2002
Sunday’s Observer newspaper
contained an ‘exclusive’ article regarding Steve Vaughan’s
bid to buy Prenton Park and eventually house City and Tranmere under one
roof. Vaughan stated in the article: “I think I can set a precedent
here. There will be a lot of clubs going out of business shortly, so if
you can get two clubs within a 20-mile radius of one another merging together,
you’ve got a possible way forward. You will never get the Liverpool
and Everton’s together because they stand on their own two feet,
but the smaller clubs are all going to start thinking about it.”
Since the article was published Vaughan has denied mentioning any talk
of a merger: “I have spoken about ground-sharing but I have not mentioned
mergers to any member of the press and its disturbing this report came
out this way.”
Speaking in the local press Vaughan said: “Myself and our chief executive
Darren Liversage have had meetings with Lorraine Rogers (Tranmere chairman)
and we have submitted an offer for a takeover of Prenton Park. We will
wait and see what the outcome is. I will remain as major shareholder of
Chester City but I can’t elaborate further. There’s far too
much attention being raised about the fact that we are in there. Other
parties are involved with the Tranmere Rovers deal. My offer hasn’t
been accepted or rejected yet, so we’re just playing a guessing game
at the moment. People are only guessing what might happen – but nothing
has ever been mentioned about merging Chester and Tranmere Rovers. I want
both Chester and Tranmere Rovers to play under one roof and generate revenue
2 November 2002
VAUGHAN BIDS FOR TRANMERE
news had been leaked out to the press, City chairman Steve Vaughan has
said this afternoon on Radio Merseyside that he has put in an offer to
buy Tranmere Rovers. This is Vaughan’s second attempt to buy the
first division club who are currently believed to be around £5.5m
in debt. Talks between Vaughan and Tranmere owner Peter Johnson are believed
to have taken place for some time. Vaughan’s ambition is to see both
clubs “play under one roof.” When asked where all this would
leave Chester City Vaughan said: “I'll still be a shareholder” and
said he’d reveal his plans if his bid proved successful. City’s
vice-chairman Fred Williams, once the chairman and a director at Prenton
Park, is believed to be involved in the move. There are reported to be
at least another two parties interested in taking over at Tranmere.
Williams declared: “Stephen Vaughan is in negotiations to buy Tranmere
Rovers and has been for some time. This is Stephen’s second attempt
to invest in Tranmere. He was among the interested parties when the club
was last up for sale four years ago.”
Chester’s chief executive Darren Liversage added: “We are disappointed
details of agreed confidential negotiations appear to have been leaked
to the media. From our point of view we have assiduously kept to confidentiality
throughout, but it appears that somewhere details have been leaked and
this is distressing.”
CLARE AT THE DOUBLE
Daryl Clare showed his class with two goals
on his debut that earned City a 2-2 home draw against Yeovil Town. The
Blues took the lead midway through the first half, Clare also hitting the
woodwork with a free kick, and were the better side for the opening period.
However, two goals in four minutes soon after the break gave the advantage
to the visitors who had the better of the exchanges for the second period.
The game looked to be slipping away until Clare stepped up in the last
minute to score the equaliser.
DEBUT FOR CLARE
City can expect their biggest crowd of the season
by some way today when they entertain Conference table-toppers Yeovil Town,
a large following from the West Country is also expected to descend on
the Deva. The Glovers are five points clear of the Blues and boast the
most prolific strike force in the Conference netting 45 times in all competitions
so far. City will give a debut to new striker Daryl Clare and fans will
be hoping for an immediate pay-back on the deal that brought the former
Boston United striker to the Deva this week. Wayne Hatswell and Kevin McIntyre
both miss the clash though as they serve suspensions following red cards
at Woking, and midfielder Jimmy Kelly is still recovering from a knee operation.
The Blues have the meanest defence in the League and will, bo doubt, be
boosted by the return of Carl Ruffer.