CHESTER FC host Cambridge United at the Deva Stadium on Saturday afternoon (Kick-Off 15:00 BST), and will be looking to build on their good run of form .
The Blues won 1-0 away at Alfreton Town on Tuesday night courtesy of a Jamie Reed goal, a result which carries particular importance with the North Street outfit having previously been unbeaten at home this season (W6, D1).
Combined with the draw against Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday, Chester have now picked up four points from their last two games, following a winless run of three games.
Cambridge United also won 1-0 on Tuesday night, taking all three points against promotion rivals Grimsby Town. Adam Cunnington scored the winner at Blundell Park, putting his goal tally up to six for the season which makes him the Skrill Premier’s joint-third highest scorer.
The U’s are now the only team left in the league with an unbeaten record to maintain and will prove a tough opposition for the 22nd placed Blues.
Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 1-0 Cambridge United
Following a good win on Tuesday night, Chester will have a lot of confidence going into this game. Cambridge have shown that they are a tough team to beat, but home advantage could be the all important factor in deciding the result and potentially lifting The Blues out of the relegation zone.
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, S McDonald.
Cambridge United: Maxwell, Tait, Miller, Coulson, Taylor, Champion, Spillane, Hughes, Dunk, Appiah, Cunnington, Norris, Bonner, Berry, Arnold, Sam-Yorke.
Chester earn point against high-flying Cambridge
CHESTER FC fought out a well-earned goalless draw at the Deva Stadium on Saturday against league leaders Cambridge United.
Chester had a good chance to take the lead seven minutes into the game as Craig Lindfield launched a 20-yard shot goal-wards but Chris Maxwell saved well.
Moments later, the Blues had another chance as Kevin McIntyre played the ball well to Jamie Reed but his shot was well saved again by the U’s goalkeeper.
On the stoke of 16 minutes, Alex Titchiner came close after a good piece of skill on the edge of the box which tricked the Cambridge defenders and allowed him to get his shot away on goal, only for it to be saved.
Lindfield then came close again three minutes later after he won a free-kick just outside the area. He struck his shot well but the Fleetwood Town loanee goalkeeper saved comfortably.
Luke Berry came close for the visitors on the half-hour mark after his shot from just inside the area whistled past John Danby’s post.
Kwesi Appiah then looked to have scored minutes later after he chipped the helpless Danby, but the Chester goalkeeper managed to get a palm to the ball and keep the Blues level.
Just before half time, Cambridge were awarded a penalty following a late tackle from George Horan inside the Chester box. Appiah stepped up but sent his spot-kick yards wide of Danby’s goal.
The first real chance of the second half came on the 77th minute after Danny Harrison misplaced a pass to Michael Kay and Nathan Arnold latched onto the ball for the visitors only to send his shot wide.
Gareth Seddon then beat two Cambridge defenders after a fantastic piece of skill put him through on goal in the 82nd minute, but the Chester forward sent his shot flying over the bar.
Following the game, Chester FC boss Neil Young said: “All as you can ask of your players, no matter the level of football, is to go and give me everything you have got, and that is what my players do.”
He added: “I cannot ask for much more than that and I am made up for the lads.”
Chester face AFC Telford United on Tuesday night in a friendly fixture at the Deva Stadium.
Quays News Man of the Match: Michael Kay
After moving from his natural position of right-back into the centre of defence, he adapted well and helped Chester on many occasions when Cambridge attacked.
Teams: Chester FC: Danby 6, Kay 6, Horan 6 (Higginbotham 53’, 6), Linwood 6, Harrison 5, Reed 5, Lindfield 5 (N Turner 59’, 5), L Turner 6, McIntyre 5, Pugh 5, Titchiner 6 (Seddon 72’, 5).
Subs not used: Heath, McDonald. Booked: Reed, L Turner.
Cambridge United: Maxwell 7, Taylor 5, Coulson 5, Miller 5 (c), Champion 6, Elliot 5 (Cunnington 60’, 4), Dunk 6, Tait 5, Hughes 5 (Arnold 66’, 6), Berry 6, Appiah 6 (Sam-Yorke, 66’, 5).
Subs Not Used: Bonner, Norris.
Referee: Anthony Backhouse Assistants: Barry Lamb and David McNamara
Fourth Official: Thomas Harty
By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium