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30 April 2022
BATTLING POINT AT ALFRETON
Chester fought out a 0-0 draw at play-off chasing side Alfreton Town today. Danny Livesey and Rob Apter returned to the starting X1 at the expense of Matty Williams and and Matt Sargent who both dropped to the bench. It was a game of few chances but the Blues had Wyll Stanway to thank for a fine save after 20 minutes to deny Bailey Hobson’s goal bound strike.


Picture © Rick Matthews


League table after this match | Match photographs

NEW DIRECTOR
City Fans United have co-opted a new director to the board. Kate Mylchreest, who is Head of Development at Storyhouse in Chester and will help to strengthen the commercial portfolio at the club.
28 April 2022
WATSON TO LEAVE CHESTER
Manager Steve Watson will leave Chester when his contract runs out following the last game of the season away at Brackley Town. The club have today issued the following statement:

“Chester FC can confirm Steve Watson will be leaving his role as manager at the end of the season by mutual agreement.

Following amicable discussions over recent days and after careful consideration, Steve and the Club have agreed this is in the best interest of both parties.

Steve will continue to lead the team until the end of his contract, which expires following our trip to Brackley Town on the final afternoon of the season.

We thank Steve for his contribution, professionalism and the progress he has made over the past five months, and wish him every success in his future career.

The Club can assure supporters we will be seeking to identify and appoint a new manager as swiftly as possible.”


Picture © Rick Matthews

27 April 2022
END OF SEASON AWARDS

The club will host the end of season Awards Night in the Blues Bar following Monday’s home game against Bradford (Park Avenue), doors opening at 17.30hrs. Food will be available to purchase from Dough & Go. Tickets are limited and priced at £5 (includes a drink voucher) and are available from chesterfc.ktckts.com

Six awards will be presented during the evening: CFU Player of the Season. All CFU members have been emailed with details of how to vote.

The Awards
Goal of the Season
Gary Talbot Golden Boot
Club person of the Year
Players’ Player of the Season
Away Travel Player of the Season

YORK COMPLETE DOUBLE
Chester were beaten 1-0 at home by York City on Tuesday night. The only goal of the game came in the 64th minute from Lenell John-Lewis as the Minstermen completed the double over the Blues and cement their play-off hopes. The Blues remain in 17th place and travel next to Alfreton Town on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews


League table after York defeat
19 April 2022
ONE POINT FROM SIX
Chester emerged from the Easter period with one point from the two games against play-off chasing sides Kidderminster and AFC Fylde that saw them drop to 18th in the league table.

Things were looking good on Saturday as the Blues raced into a two goal lead against Harriers thanks to a great strike from Darren Stephenson and a Marcus Dackers penalty midway through the second half, but not for the first time in recent weeks the Blues let the lead slip allowing Amari Morgan-Smith and Omari Sterling to score in the last 18 minutes and rescue a point for the visitors who were second best for much of the game.

Monday’s game got off to a poor start with Fylde taking just three minutes to open the scoring through Nick Haughton. The Coaster doubled their lead with a penalty on the stroke of half-time as referee Andy Sykes awarded the home side a penalty following a foul by Darren Stephenson on Sam Osborne. Haughton added his second with the spot-kick.

Fylde put the game beyond Chester with a third goal from Douglas Taylor on 56 minutes. Manager Steve Watson made a triple substitution which immediately paid off as Kevin Roberts headed a goal back for the Blues. Chester pressed for a second, the closest they came was a Zack Clarke effort that hit the post.

Chester are back at Deva Stadium on Saturday when fellow strugglers Farsley Celtic are the visitors, kick-off 15.00hrs.



Picture © Rick Matthews

League table after AFC Fylde defeat

YOUTH TEAM PARADE TROPHY
During half-time on Saturday the Chester FC Academy team did a lap of honour to parade their North West Youth Alliance Premier Division championship trophy.




Pictures © Rick Matthews

12 April 2022
WATERS DEAL EXTENDED
Matty Waters loan deal from Curzon Ashton has now been extended until the end of the season. The 24-year-old defender has made 4+1 appearances, scoring one goal, since joining on loan a month ago.
11 April 2022
BLUES BEATEN AT GATESHEAD

Chester’s mini unbeaten run came to an end at the International Stadium on Saturday when they were beaten 4-3 by Gateshead. Two goals in as many minutes from Adam Campbell and Cedwyn Scott gave The Heed the upper hand early in the match, but to their credit Chester fought back well and pulled a goal back from a George Glendon lob over Filip Marschall in the home goal and then drew level with a coolly taken finish by Darren Stephenson two minutes before half-time.

Six minutes into the second period another ball over the top saw Campbell race through on goal and score his second to restore the lead for Gateshead. Six minutes from time Greg Olley headed a fourth despite a desperate attempt to claw the bal back from over the line by Louis Gray. A foul on Declan Weeks saw the Blues awarded a stoppage time penalty, the midfielder picking himself up to send Marschall the wrong way from the spot kick and complete the scoring.

Manager Steve Watson said after the defeat: “I loved the spirit from the lads, I loved the fact that we got ourselves back into the game. It felt like we had everything going against us, it felt like there were some strange decisions, but let’s not take anything away from how good a side they are. That is another top team we have gone toe to toe with and arguably could have nicked a point.”

The Blues face two promotion chasing sides over the Easter weekend. On Friday they entertain Kidderminster Harriers at Deva Stadium, and on Monday they they travel to AFC Fylde. Both games kick-off at 15.00hrs.


Picture © Rick Matthews


League table after this match | Match pictures |
7 April 2022
TEAM PICTURE


Back Row (L-R):
Dan Griffiths, Okera Simmonds, George Waring, Kevin Roberts, Matty Williams, Harrison Burke, Zack Clarke, Ollie Heywood.
Middle Row (L-R):
Iwan Williams (Coach), Rhian Williams (Physio), Rowan Roache, Darren Stephenson, Anthony Dudley, Wyll Stanway, Joe Smith, Louis Gray, Simon Grand, Danny Livesey, Matt Sargent, Jimmy Soul (Kitman), Paul Davies (Goalkeeper Coach).
Front Row (L-R):
James Horsfield, Declan Weeks, Marcus Dackers, Steve Watson (Manager), George Glendon (Club Captain), Steve McNulty (Assistant Manager), David Fitzpatrick, Rob Apter, Matty Waters.

Picture © Rick Matthews

5 April 2022
NEW HOME KIT VOTE
City Fans United members have until 22.0hrs on Sunday 10 April to cast their vote for their choice of the new home kit for next season. There are four options to choose from and the winning design will be announced in the match programme for the home game against Farsley Celtic on Saturday 23rd April. To cast your vote you need to email media@chesterfc.com and you MUST include your CFU Membership Number with your email.

More details, and a view of the back of the shirts can been seen on the club website here.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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