LATE DEFEAT AT MAIDSTONE
the delight of a last mintute winner against Barrow
the Blues suffered a last minute defeat at Maidstone
United on Saturday. Chester deserved a share of
th espoils but four minutes into injury time defender
Alex Finney smashed the ball home following a corner
to grab all three points for the home side. The
defeat sees Chester slip back into the bottom three.
Six Blues players were booked in the game.
28 October 2017
CRAWFORD OUT ON LOAN
Midfielder Tom Crawford
has joined Runcorn Town on a one month loan. The
18-year-old player has made one appearance from
the bench for Chester this season. One or two more
players are expected to be loaned out for match
25 October 2017
ARCHER ON TARGET IN DEBUT
Striker Jordan Archer
took just 11 minutes to open his Chester account
as he gave the Blues the lead on his debut in last
night’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Barrow.
It was the first time the Bluebirds had been beaten
by Chester since 1971. Midway through the half defender
Reece Hall-Johnson, signed on loan last week, also
opened his account to give Chester a two goal lead.
However with the game entering first half stoppage
time the visitors struck twice through Adi Yussuf
and Byron Harrison to turn the game right round.
Both sides had chances after the break, Ross Hannah
saw a 40 yard lob land inches wide while Bluebirds
substitute Harry Panyiotou saw a header go just
wide of Alex Lynch’s post. Offrande Zanzala
almost scored in the final minute as Chester pressed
for a late winner and deep into stoppage time it
came as Lucas Dawson drilled the ball home though
a scrum of players from 18 yards to grab all three
Goal hero Archer said following his debut: “I
was buzzing to start anyway but to grab a goal and
the three points as well just topped off the night.
I don’t think the adrenaline has worn off!
Hopefully I will bag a few more on Saturday. ”
“I think we were on top first half but we
let it slip a bit second half but we defended well
and to score at the end was unreal.”
The victory lifts Chester out of the relegation
table after Barrow match
23 October 2017
BLUES SIGN TWO PLAYERS
Chester have signed
striker Jordan Archer from Stourbridge. Archer,
24, has already scored nine goals in the Northern
Premier League this season and had a trial with
Walsall in August. Archer has signed a deal until
The Blues have also signed left-back Jordan Gough
from AFC Telford. Gough, also 24, is known to manager
Marcus Bignot having spent four seasons at Solihull
Moors, he has signed until the end of the season.
POOR CHESTER BEATEN AT HOME
Chester were made
to pay for a poor first half display when they were
beaten 2-1 at home on Saturday by Boreham Wood to
drop into the bottom three. The Blues conceded twice
in the opening half as Shaun Jeffers and Angelo
Balanta gave Wood a two goal cushion. Substitute
Nyal Bell pulled a goal back with around 15 minutes
remaining and both Kingsley James and Town Shaw
saw efforts go wide in the dying stages.
The Blues are back in home action on Tuesday night
with a home game against fellow strugglers Barrow,
table after Boreham Wood defeat
20 October 2017
DEFENDER SIGNS ON LOAN
Grimsby Town defender
Reece Hall-Johnson has signed on loan from Grimsby
Town until the end of the year. The 22-year-old
signed a one year deal with the Mariners in the
last seven days and could feature in the home game
against Boreham Wood on Saturday.
16 October 2017
ANOTHER EASTLEIGH DATE
With both sides out
of the FA Cup, the away game at Eastleigh will now
take place on Saturday 4 November, kick-off 15.00hrs.
Admission to the game for Chester supporters is
15 October 2017
WOEFUL BLUES DUMPED OUT OF FA CUP
Chester were beaten
2-0 at Conference North side Kidderminster Harriers
on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round the the
FA Cup. The Blues turned in a lackluster performance
for the whole 90 minutes as the home side, better
in every department, ran out worthy winners to book
their place in the first round draw. Chester never
looked like scoring and fell behind on 20 minutes
when Emmanual Sonupe reacted first to score after
an Elton Ngwatala shot that had rebounded off the
The Blues had one real opportunity to equalise in
the second period but Jordan Chapell was unable
to find the target with a free header from six yards
out following good work by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.
Ten minutes from time Harriers got the crucial second
goal as Joe Ironside headed a Sonupe cross in off
Around 200 of Chester's 500+ support stayed behind
after the match to voice their anger at the pitiful
display on the players who had been brought back
onto the pitch by manager Marcus Bignot.
Bignot said: “Some people said I should have
brought the players off, but why hide? They have
got to face up to it. We have got great supporters
and it was never going to be a case of stewards
being worried that this could escalate, no, they
were voicing their opinion. They have every right,
they have paid their hard-earned money and have
every right to voice their opinion, and I believe
my players should hear that opinion.”
“Too many players - and I’m talking
players in football - get in the car, go home and
don’t care. So we go back to character and
let’s hope they do care and that we see a
response on Saturday. This can’t become a
common theme, hopefully it’s just a blip,
and we will do everything in our power to make sure
that it’s just a blip.”
“We need to go full-time and I’ve told
the boys it’s going to be a full-time programme
starting from Monday. It has to be. You can’t
expect to compete at National League level, never
mind in the North, where there’s six or seven
professional teams. We have to be full-time, and
once we get full-time that takes any excuses away
from the players. If we get performances like that
after we’ve gone full-time then they’ll
see a different side to me.”
“But at the moment I’m not going to
rip shreds off them because I need them. I’m
going to need every single player because this is
the group we’ve got.”
Chester are back in action on Saturday with a home
game against Boreham Wood, kick-off 15.00hrs.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
13 October 2017
DERBY STRIKER SIGNS ON LOAN
County striker Offrande Zanzala
has joined Chester on a one-month loan. The Congo-born
player has been recovering from an anterior cruciate
ligament injury which forced him to sit out all
of last season.
The Blues have also signed former Southport goalkeeper
Ryan Crump on non-contract terms.
10 October 2017
The home game against
Wrexham will now be televised by BT Sport and has
been moved to Wednesday 8 November, kick-off 19.45hrs.
9 October 2017
INSPIRED LYNCH SAVES BLUES
A series of fine saves
from man of the match Alex Lynch helped Chester
to a 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. The
home side dominated for much of the match but found
the Blues’ No1 in inspired form as he denied
Rovers time and time again.
Nearly 1200 Blues fans made the short journey up
the Wirral and manager Marcus Bignot was full of
praise for them after the game: “I’ve
never heard my name sung so much in all my football
career. They were superb and if we would have lost
I would have been absolutely devastated for them,
never mind the players.”
Despite the point the Blues remain in the bottom
four, though have a game in hand. Next Saturday
they take a break from the league when they travel
to Kidderminster Harriers in the fourth qualifying
round of the FA Cup, kick-off 15.00hrs. Harriers
currently lie 12th in the Conference North.
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
after Tranmere match
7 October 2017
The rearranged away
fixture at Eastleigh will now take place on Tuesday
31 October, kick-off 19.45hrs.
6 October 2017
The Youth team came
from behind to 3-1 at AFC Fylde in the FA Youth
Cup last night Lloyd Marsh-Hughes, Iwan Murray and
Cain Noble were on the scoresheet for Chester. The
side now travel to Altrincham in the third qualifying
4 October 2017
Chester were beaten
2-0 at home last night by Woking.
It was a disappointing showing from the Blues against
a side who now move into the top three of the division.
Kane Ferdinand headed The Cards in front on 10 minutes.
The nearest the Blues came to an equaliser was when
Ryan Astles saw an effort hit the post and roll
along the line before being cleared. Moments later
though a poor Andy Halls back pass was intercepted
by Jamie Philpot who beat Alex Lynch to add the
second goal and kill off any hopes of a Blues comeback.
2 October 2017
AWAY DRAW IN THE FA CUP
Chester will travel
to Conference North side Kidderminster Harriers
in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. The match
will take place on Saturday 14 October.
Harriers reached this stage with a 1-0 win at Newcastle
Benfield on Saturday.
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