CHESTER FC host Grimsby Town at the Deva Stadium on Saturday afternoon (Kick-off 15:00 BST), looking to emulate their midweek success.
The Blues recorded their first home win of the season on Tuesday night as they beat Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town 2-1, moving up to 20th in the league in the process.
After a poor start to the season, Chester picked up their first league points away at Wrexham, which was followed by a draw a week later at home to Dartford. However, following Tuesday’s crucial win against the Silkmen, confidence will be high going into Saturday’s game.
Grimsby Town have also had an inconsistent run, having won four of their nine games this season. They go into this game on the back of a 4-0 defeat away at FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night, but a win for the Mariners could put them back into play-off contention as they are currently in 10th position.
Quays News Match Prediction: Following Tuesday’s highs and lows for both teams, Chester will be the more confident going into this game. However, Grimsby will be looking to bounce back and will prove tough opposition for the hosts. After a poor run of form for the visitors, as well as home advantage, this could sway it for the Blues.
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, Chippendale, Laidler, S McDonald.
Grimsby Town: McKeown, Goodall, Pearson, C McDonald, Bignot, Neilson, Jones, Thanoj, Hannah, Kerr, McLaughlin, Rodman, Colbeck, John-Lewis, Doig, Cook.
Ten man Mariners sail away from Chester with point
CHESTER FC shared the points with Grimsby Town in a 0-0 draw at the Deva Stadium despite the visitors going down to 10 men early in the second half.
Joe Colbeck was dismissed four minutes after the break after retaliating to a tackle by Lee Pugh. Unfortunately for the Blues, they couldn’t capitalise with their extra man after seeing many of their chances scuppered by the Mariners’ defence who vastly improved after the sending off.
Chester FC were the livelier of the two sides in the first half and were unlucky not to go ahead on the 14 minute mark after Ben Mills controlled the ball well from an Aiden Chippendale cross, only to send his shot rising over the bar.
Mills was again involved when Chester had a big shout for a penalty after 32 minutes. The referee told the Blues striker to get to his feet and as a result nothing was given.
Eight minutes later Grimsby had a shot cleared off the line as George Horan rescued the ball in the Chester goalmouth following a mix up in the box between John Danby and the defence.
Following the sending off, Grimsby looked the more likely team to take the lead when Ross Hannah collected the ball in the box and hit his shot just over the bar.
Fortunately for Chester the linesman had flagged for offside.
Moments later Danby hit the ball down the field and Alex Titchiner broke free in the Mariners box to get his shot away, only for goalkeeper James McKeown to save well with his legs.
After the game, Chester FC boss Neil Young said: “We have played a Grimsby side who are a massive club, we have competed and they have not looked any better than us.”
Quays News Man of the Match: After a below par performance from Chester there was no stand out player. However I feel John Danby did what was needed when he was called upon and most importantly kept a clean sheet for the Blues.
Chester FC: Danby 6, Kay 5, Horan (c) 5, Harrison 5, Mills 5 (Titchiner 5), L Turner 5, McIntyre 5, Higginbotham 5, Seddon 6, Pugh 6, Chippendale 6 (Mahon 4).
Subs not used: N Turner, Linwood, Lindfield. Booked: Kay, Mills
Grimsby Town: McKeown 6, Kerr 5, Pearson 5, Doig 5, Colbeck 4, John-Lewis 5 (Cook 5), Bignot 4, Goodall 4, Hannah 6 (Hearn 5), Jones 5, McLaughlin 5.
Subs not used: Thomas, Neilson, McDonald. Booked: Bignot. Sent off: Colbeck
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Matthew Jones and Ian Gittins.
Fourth Official: Michael Bonnage
By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium