Chester FC v AFC Telford United (15/10/13)

CHESTER FC host AFC Telford United at the Deva Stadium in a friendly fixture on Tuesday night (Kick-Off 19:00 BST).

Following a string of good results for the Blues, their latest being a 0-0 draw at home to league leaders Cambridge United, momentum will be high going into this game. So despite this being a friendly match, Chester, who were today drawn against Gateshead in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round,  will still see it as a must win game.

AFC Telford United have had an inconsistent run of late, only winning two of their last six games which currently places them in seventh position in the Conference North.

Despite their position, the Bucks have a strong squad which includes a string of former Chester players in the form of Wes Baynes, Matty McGinn, Tony Gray, Sean Clancy and Robbie Booth.

Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 2-1 AFC Telford United

With both sides picking up form of late, the game will be close. Despite it being a friendly, Chester will still want to win this match and keep their momentum going ahead of Saturday’s away trip to Braintree Town.

Provisional Squads:

Chester FC: Danby, Kay, Heath, Horan, Linwood, Harrison, Reed, Jarrett, Mills, Lindfield, L Turner, Fearon, McIntyre, N Turner, A Williams, Higginbotham, Seddon, Pugh, Mahon, Titchiner, Atkinson, McDonald.

AFC Telford United: Young, Baynes, Lever, Byrne, Grand, Grogan, Benjamin, Clancy, Farrell, Booth, McGinn, Cooke, Phenix, Owens, Barnett, Pryce, Gray.

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Chester lose in friendly against Telford

CHESTER FC hosted AFC Telford United at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday night, with the result going against the Blues as they lost the ‘training session style’ game 2-1.

The Bucks took the lead just after half time through a Sean Cooke goal, which was closely followed by a penalty, slotted home by former Blue Tony Gray. Chester managed to get a goal back on the hour mark after good play from Nathan Turner on the right wing set up brother Lewis to send his shot into the top corner of the net.

Chester started well through Gareth Seddon who picked up the ball just outside the penalty area and unleashed a good shot but Ryan Young saved well in the Telford goal.

On the 19 minute mark Telford started an attack down the left wing through former Chester man Matty McGinn, but his looping shot-come-cross went sailing over Martin Fearon’s goal.

Moments later the ball went straight down the other end and Joe Heath managed to get a good cross into the box which found Paul Linwood only for him to head it over the bar.

Chester had another good chance on the 25 minute mark as youngster Sean Miller picked up the ball and turned well, sending his effort inches past the post.

Half an hour passed and Miller was again in the heart of the action for the Blues as he unleashed a ferocious 25-yard shot which left Young scrambling.

Just before half time, Chester were again on the attack following a good run from Heath down the wing. He crossed the ball into the box which found Seddon at the back post but he placed his shot just wide.

Two minutes after the break AFC Telford took the lead following a well struck shot from Sean Cooke which beat Fearon at the far post.

On the stroke of 51 minutes, Chester got a free-kick after Nathan Turner was fouled just outside the Bucks’ penalty area. Danny Higginbotham took the shot but Young saved well.

Five minutes later, Sean Miller crossed the ball into the box which found Jon Atkinson but his header was deflected wide.

On the hour mark, the Bucks were awarded a penalty which Gray slotted home comfortably.

A minute later, Chester got one back after a smart piece of play found Turner on the right wing who crossed to brother Lewis and hit his shot into the top corner of the net.

In the closing stages of the game, Chester won a free-kick which was well taken by Lee Pugh and was heading goalwards but the goalkeeper saved well.

Quays News Man of the Match: Lewis Turner

The Leeds United loanee put in another good performance for the Blues, as well as scoring a well worked goal which made him the stand out performer throughout this game.

Teams:

Chester FC: Fearon 5, L Turner 7, Linwood 6 (Harrison 5), Kay 6, Higginbotham 6, Heath 6 (Horan 5), N Turner 6, Williams 5 (Pugh 4), Miller 6 (Reed 5), Seddon 5 (Peers 6), Atkinson 5 (Hillman 4).

AFC Telford United: Young 6, Baynes 5, Byrne 5, Lever 5, McGinn 6, Bennet 5, Benjamin 5, Gray 6 (Booth 5), Farrell, Cooke 6 (Byrney 5), Pheonix 6.

Subs not used: Preston, Clancy, Grand, Owens, Grogan

Referee: Mike Jones

By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium

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