Chester FC v Forest Green Rovers (26/08/13)

CHESTER FC host Forest Green Rovers on Monday afternoon (Kick-off: 15:00 BST) still searching for their first league points of the season.

The Blues, who lost 3-1 away at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, have now gone four games without earning a point whilst only scoring one goal.

After conceding twice in the first half, Chester got their first goal of the new campaign just before the break when Danny Harrison scored from a header.

Unfortunately, the Harriers grabbed another goal just before the end of the match, leaving the Blues rooted to the 23rd spot in the league table.

Forest Green Rovers, however, have also had an inconsistent run of late. After beating Hyde 8-0 on the opening day of the season, they have only earned two points from their last three games.

In an attempt to better last season’s 10th place finish in the Conference Premier, The New Lawn outfit have had a busy summer of transfer signings after bringing in a string of new players, with one notable player being former Chester City midfielder Anthony Barry.

Quays News Match Prediction: Following last week’s defeat to 10 man Woking, and now a further defeat away at Kidderminster, I think Chester will use their squad well and reintroduce many familiar faces who haven’t played much in the starting 11. If this is the case, and the squad is rotated, I think the Blues could have a good chance to clinch at least their first point of the season.

Team News:

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.

Forest Green Rovers: Russell, Hodgkiss, Stokes, Bangura, Turley, Bennett, Norwood, Klukowski, Wright, Vieira, Forbes, Asafu-Adjaye, Bulman, Taylor, Oshodi, Racine, Brogan, Barnes-Homer, Styche, Koroma, Green, Barry, Kelly, Williams, Brown, Pilkington, Mangan.

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Lawnmowers cut through Chester’s defence

FOREST GREEN ROVERS recorded their second win of the season, as they came away from the Deva Stadium with all three points.

Rovers, who are known as the Lawnmowers, struck early as they took the lead after just eight minutes. The goal came as Chester conceded a corner, only for Danny Wright to rise above the Blues defence and send his thumping header into Martin Fearon’s net.

Despite this, Chester started well and were creating many chances. Alex Titchiner came close on the 25 minute mark as Jordan Laidler and Ben Mills combined well to set him up with a shot, but it was saved by Forest goalkeeper Sam Russell.

The Blues then came close moments later as on loan Sunderland midfielder, Laidler, managed to get two consecutive shots away which were both blocked.

Just before half time, Lee Pugh was booked after bringing down Danny Wright just outside the box. Similarly, Laidler then followed into the referee’s book.

Chester started the second half like the first, and were the livelier of the two sides. This was until the visitors brought on former Macclesfield Town striker, Matthew Barnes-Homer, who scored within minutes of him being brought on.

Just like their first goal, Barnes-Homer rose well above the Chester defence, and sent his header into the top corner of the net.

The Blues quickly responded, and five minutes later Ben Mills got a goal back for the hosts. Kevin McIntyre crossed the ball in, which was flicked on by a Forest defender, only to fall to Mills at the back post to head in.

Following the game, Blues boss Neil Young said: “I thought we more than matched them today and if we done our jobs, we would probably have come away with a scrappy point or we would have possibly won the game.”

He added: “We have just all got to stick together now, that is all as we can do.”

Chester will now look towards Saturday’s game away at arch rivals Wrexham, as a place to gain their first league points of the season. Kick off for that game is at 13:00 BST.

Quays News Man of the Match: After being out of the first team line up for a number of games, I feel that Chester’s Ben Mills gave a good performance for the Blues. He was a prime target for balls going forward and he put his weight around well, which at times proved difficult for Forest Green Rovers to defend. He took his chance well when he scored a good header, and with more performances like this, Chester should soon be scoring many more goals.

Chester FC: Fearon 6, L Turner 6, Horan (c) 6, Kay 5, Pugh 5, Laidler 6 (Lindfield 5), Harrison 5, N Turner 5, McIntyre 6, Mills 7, Titchiner 6 (Reed 5). Subs not used: A Williams, Linwood, Chippendale. Booked: Pugh, Laidler, McIntyre.

Forest Green Rovers: Russell 6, Hodgkiss 5, Stokes 6, Bangura 6, Bennett 5, Norwood 5, Klukowski 6, Wright 6 (Barnes-Homer 7), Oshodi 5, Barry 6 (Vieira 5), Kelly 6. Subs not used: Asafu-Adjaye, Bulman, Williams.

Referee: Anthony Blackhouse

Assistants: Ian Johnstone and Martin Parker

Fourth Official: Anthony Moore

Attendance: 2,083

By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium

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