CHESTER FC entertain Hereford United at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday night, in their first home league game of the newly rebranded Skrill Premier.
Following Saturday’s defeat away at Barnet, Chester will look to bounce back with a win, aiming to put their first three points on the board.
After a good first half against the Bees, Chester looked the livelier of the two teams, with Danny Harrison coming close to putting the visitors ahead. However, a quick goal from Luke Gambin soon after the break took Blues by surprise. The game went from bad to worse for Chester, as the hosts bagged a further two goals in quick succession from Jake Hyde.
Hereford managed a 1-1 draw at home to Braintree Town on the opening day, after an early own goal from Sam Smith put them behind. However, a point was rescued for the hosts in the 79th minute when Dan Walker put them back on level terms.
The Deva Stadium will also welcome back a familiar face from last season’s championship winning team, as Dominic Collins returns to represent the Herefordshire side. Likewise, Chester’s Joe Heath will also face his former team, following his summer move from the Bulls.
Quays News Match Prediction: With both sides not having the starts to the season they wanted on Saturday, I feel this match will be closely fought out. With the game being played at the Deva, the Blues fans may prove to be 12th man and help them towards their first league win of the campaign.
Chester FC: Danby, Kay, Heath, Horan, Linwood, Harrison, Reed, Jarrett, Mills, M Williams, Lindfield, L Turner, Fearon, McIntyre, N Turner, A Williams, Seddon, Pugh, Mahon, Titchiner.
Hereford United: Evans, Leadbitter, Bush, James, McDonald, Graham, Purdie, O’Keefe, Walker, Sharp, Smith, Collins, Edwards, Rankine, Artus, Brown, Pilkington, Gwynne, Lloyd-Weston.
Match Report: Bulls charge on as Chester suffer defeat
CHESTER FC suffered their second defeat of the season as they lost 2-0 at home to Hereford United.
Excitement grew before kick off as a 2,900 crowd packed into the Deva Stadium to see Chester’s first home league game back in the Conference Premier.
Unfortunately it wasn’t the result many fans wanted to see as the Blues crumbled after two bad 10 minute periods before and after half time, which left them chasing the match.
Hereford’s first goal came on the verge of half time, as Luke Graham put the visitors ahead on 45 minutes. John Danby came out of the Chester goal in an attempt to claim the ball, which left the goal open for Graham to send his thumping header into the back of the net.
The game was then lost for Chester minutes after the break as Michael Kay was sent off for a second bookable offence, following a challenge on Sam Smith.
Unfortunately things went from bad to worse for the Blues as Hereford then got their second goal on the stroke of 52 minutes. Smith broke free for Hereford after Chester’s defence fell to pieces, resulting in what would be the last goal of the game.
Despite this, Chester started the game well, with their first real opportunity falling to Marc Williams who’s 25 yard shot went wide on the 20 minute mark. Craig Lindfield then came close moments after, when his shot was saved on the line by former England under 21 goalkeeper Rhys Evans.
A string of substitutions followed, seeing Paul Linwood, Jason Jarrett and Jamie Reed all come on for the Blues, replacing Craig Mahon, Marc Williams and Lindfield. However the full timers proved too strong for 10 man Chester, who slipped to 22nd in the league.
Speaking after the match, Chester FC boss Neil Young declared his side’s performance was ‘naivety at its best’.
He added: “Up until the 44th minute I thought we were the better team, causing them problems.
“We have got a good group of lads, a bit naive as we have seen tonight, but I have taken heart from the two games.”
Chester will look to bounce back on Saturday as they take on fellow semi-professional team Woking at the Deva Stadium (Kick-off 3pm).
Quays News Man of the Match: Chris Bush – With a good 90 minutes under his belt, I feel that Hereford’s Bush played well, creating many chances from defence, pushing on from his left back position into a much more attacking role. He looked dangerous going forward, and had many opportunities to score.
Chester FC: Danby 6, L Turner 7, Kay 5, Horan 6, McIntyre 6, Lindfield 6 (Jarrett 5), N Turner 5, Harrison 6, Mahon 6 (Linwood 5), M Williams 5 (Reed, 5), Seddon 6.
Subs not used: Heath, A Williams.
Hereford United: Evans 7, Leadbitter 6, Purdie 6 (Artus 5), Smith 7 (Sharp 5), James 5, O’Keefe 5, Rankine 6, Graham (c) 7, McDonald 6, Bush 7, Walker 6 (Pilkington 5). Subs not used: Collins, Edwards
Referee: Richard Martin,
Assistants: David McNamara and Michael Bonage.
Fourth Official: Thomas Kirk
By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium