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Saturday 26 October
Chester 0 York City 1
National League North
Attendance: 3,653 Half Time: 0-0
Booked: Livesey, G.Roberts.

Chester: Griffiths, K.Roberts (Morgan 78), Livesey, Grand, Taylor, Glendon, G.Roberts, Stopforth (Elliott 68), Dudley, Jackson, Hughes (Waring 68). Subs not used: Burton, Waters.
York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait, McNulty, Newton, Ferguson, Moke, Bond, Kempster, Burrow, Maguire (Green 75). Subs not used: Spratt, Durrell, Langstaff, McFarlane.
Referee: Nathanael Cox.

The Blues failed to score for the first time in the league this season as they were beaten at home by league leaders York City who move five points clear.

Chester were once again without top scorer Akwasi Asante through a groin injury for this clash of the division's top two sides that attracted a bumper crowd of 3,653.

The Blues started well forcing an early corner that found Danny Livesey who was unable to get a shot at goal at the far post. Soon after, Steve McNulty in the heart of the York defence was on hand to block a Bradley Jackson effort after good approach play from Anthony Dudley.

The first effort on goal from the Minstermen came in the 26th minute as Jordan Burrow headed just wide at the near post after Russell Griffiths has partially cleared a Kallum Griffiths cross.

Andy Bonds sent another effort just past the post as the visitors began to press as half-time approached.

York started the second half strongly, Jordan Burrow had already seen an effort cleared off the line before they took the lead in the 57th minute as Alex Kempster crossed from the left for Dan Maguire who controlled the ball before slotting it past Griffiths.

Minutes later Kempster almost added a second but Livesey was on hand to clear the dangerous low shot away.

Chester were having little joy in penetrating the division’s meanest defence. George Waring and Danny Elliott were introduced at the expense of Matty Hughes and Gary Stopworth. Elliott was soon in the action shooting from the edge of the box and bringing out a save by Peter Jameson in the York goal.

Elliott just failed to connect with a teasing Jamie Morgan cross seven minutes from time as Chester showed some urgency in the final stages. With just two minutes remaining Waring was inches away from converting Dudley’s flick header at the far post.

Picture © Rick Matthews

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Wednesday 23 October
Runcorn Town 0 Chester 7
Cheshire Senior Cup Round 1
Attendance: 182 Half Time: 0-4
Booked: -.

Runcorn Town: Reid, Turner, Wainwright, James, Thelwell, Mcmanus, Holt, Weaver, Forbes, Cairns, Wallis. Subs: Ward, Dursley, McQuade.
Griffiths, Morgan, Jones, Macready, Waters, Mahon, Stopforth, Murray, Crilly, Elliott, Waring. Subs: Molyneux, Hayes, Burton, Hampson, Rubin.
Referee: Adam Davies,

Chester won 7-0 at Runcorn Town in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. There were four goals for Danny Elliott, a brace from George Waring and a further effort from Louis Hayes. The Blues will travel to Stockport Town for the second round in January.

Saturday 19 October
Blyth Spartans 2 Chester 2
National League North
Attendance: 689 Half Time: 2-2
Booked: Elliott, Livesey, G.Roberts.

Blyth Spartans: Foden, Evans, Callaghan, Scott, Ritson, Devitt, Wrightson, Hunter, Sweet (Amantchi 78), Roberts (Dale 36), Hawkins. Subs not used: Fenwick, Robson, Harker.
Chester: Griffiths, K.Roberts, Taylor, Grand, Livesey, Jackson, Elliott (Mahon 65), Glendon, G.Roberts, Waring (Dudley 67), Hughes. Subs not used: Morgan, Waters, Stopforth.
Referee: Adam Williamson.

Chester missed the chance to catch York City at the top of the table as they were held at Blyth Spartans. The game started well for the Blues who opened the scoring after just three minutes as Danny Elliott sent a free-kick past Mark
Foden in the home goal.

The delight was short lived though as Spartans striker Michael Sweet headed home Lewis Hawkins’ cross to draw the home side level just three minutes later.

Chances fell to both sides before Blyth took the lead midway through the half as Adam Wrightson’s shot deflected off Danny Livesey past Russell Griffiths.

Defender Joel Taylor had appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Adam Williamson after he was brought down inside the box, but five minutes before the break Chester drew level.

George Glendon’s pin-point cross field ball found the on-rushing Bradley Jackson, he crossed for Matty Hughes to steer the ball home.

Griffiths was called on to make a great save to deny Paul Dodd giving Blyth the lead early in the second period.

Chester spurned a great chance to take the lead on 73 minutes as Hughes, sent clear through on goal, rounded Foden before seeing his shot hit the post and rebound out.

Ten minutes from time the woodwork came to Chester’s rescue as Lewis Hawkins saw his header hit the bar with Griffiths beaten.

Both sides failed to create anything in the dying minutes as Chester had to be content with a third successive league draw.

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Saturday 12 October
King’s Lynn Town 2 Chester 2
National League North
Attendance: 1,637 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: G.Roberts.

King’s Lynn Town: Street, Barrows, Fox, Jones, Smith (Payne 20), McAuley, Clunan, Richards (Kelly 69), Gash, Marriott, Henderson. Subs not used: Carey, Bastock, Stewart.
Chester: Griffiths, K.Roberts, Taylor, Grand, Livesey, G.Roberts, Glendon, Dudley, Jackson (Elliott 88), Asante (Waring 78), Hughes (Stopforth 78). Subs not used: Morgan, Jones.
Referee: M. Howes.

Chester picked up a point in an entertaining game at King’s Lynn to remain second in the table.

The Blues welcomed back Danny Livesey, Kevin Roberts and Gary Roberts to the starting X1 while there was a place on the bench for Gary Stopforth following his injury lay-off.

After an enforced two week lay-off due to their FA Cup exit at Altrincham, the Blues got off to the worst possible start falling behind to the Linnets after just two minutes after a poor clearance from Russell Griffiths presented Adam Marriott with a shooting chance that the home striker took full advantage of.

The home side almost doubled their lead eight minutes later as Roy McAuley headed wide following a quickly taken short corner.

Joel Taylor did just enough with a challenge to put off Marriott from adding his second after the striker had been sent clear from a ball over the top of the Blues defence.

The home side, third in the league and unbeaten at The Walks for an impressive 13 months, had the better of the exchanges in the opening half but failed to create many clear-cut chances.

The final effort of the opening half felly to Livesey who saw a tame header held by Alex Street in the Lynn goal.

Eleven minutes into the second period Chester drew level as Simon Grand converted a Matty Hughes low cross from close range.

And just seven minutes later the Blues had their noses in front as top striker Akwasi Asante coolly finished a fine move after George Glendon’s raking cross field pass allowed Bradley Jackson to cross into the danger area.

With 13 minutes remaining Marriott scored his second goal of the game, controlling the ball before turning and firing past Griffiths from the edge of the box to bring the sides level again.

Both sides had chances in the final ten minutes but in the end both had to settle for a hard earned point in what was a great advert for the league on Non-League Day.

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