Chester FC v Kidderminster Harriers (05/10/13)

CHESTER FC host high-flying Kidderminster Harriers at the Deva Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:00 BST) looking to regain form after losing their last two games on the road.

Since the Blues last played at the Deva, they have suffered defeats at both Gateshead (3-2) and FC Halifax (2-1), which has left them second from bottom in the Skrill Conference Premier table.

However, the Blues will know they have got a good chance of taking all three points this weekend after they narrowly lost in the last meeting between the two sides back in August.

Third-place Kidderminster beat Chester 3-1 on the day, despite a strong performance by the Blues at Aggborough.

The Harriers have taken four points from their last two home games after they beat FC Halifax Town 2-0 and held to a goalless draw against Aldershot which placed them in the play-off positions.

Quays News Match Prediction: With the two sides already meeting this season, they will know how the other side plays. With this in mind, and home advantage being in Chester’s favour, I feel the Blues will have the edge over the visitors in this match.

Provisional Squads:

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

Kidderminster Harriers: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Gowling, Grimes, Demetriou, Fowler, Johnson, Jackman, Storer, Gittings, Lolley, Morgan-Smith, Gash, Malbon, Lewis, Angus.

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Harriers’ wings clipped as battling Chester force draw

CHESTER FC shared the points on Saturday afternoon after they drew 0-0 with Kidderminster Harriers.

The Blues proved to be a tough opposition for the Harriers as they were the more dominant side throughout the 90 minutes.

Chester could have taken the lead on many occasions, with their closest chance coming on the hour mark after Alex Titchiner twisted and turned well from the visitors defence to send his shot thumping against the crossbar.

Lewis Turner then followed up the rebound and sent his low shot goal-wards but Nathan Vaughan saved well for Kidderminster.

Joe Lolley replaced Anthony Malbon and instantly made his mark on the game after a fine piece of individual skill left the Chester defence stunned.

He pulled off a 20-yard strike but John Danby saved well to keep the Blues level.

Chester pushed on and had another chance ten minutes before time after Michael Kay sent a header goal bound, only for the Harriers to clear it as far as Danny Higginbotham outside the box, who struck his ferocious left footed shot over the cross bar.

The Blues were a handful throughout the match as they came close just before full time, after Titchiner scrambled to win the ball just outside the Kidderminster box before he saw his shot well saved by Vaughan after getting down well.

Speaking after the game, Chester manager Neil Young said: “I thought we were excellent from first minute to last against an excellent side.”

He Continued: “I am very proud of the players, they have shown again that they can match anybody in this league and I thought they were excellent.”

Quays News Man of the Match: Lewis Turner was one of today’s top performers after putting in an impressive 90 minutes for the Blues. He played both well in defence and in attack as well as creating many chances of his own.

Player Ratings:

Chester FC: Danby 7, Kay 6, Linwood (c) 6, Harrison 5, Reed 5 (Mills 5), Lindfield 5, L Turner 8, McIntyre 6, Higginbotham 7, Pugh 6 (Heath 4), Titchiner 7.

Subs not used: N Turner, McDonald, Atkinson.

Bookings: Kay, Reed. Kidderminster Harriers: N Vaughan 7, L Vaughan 6, Jackman 5, Gowling 5, Grimes 5, Fowler 6, Storer (c) 6, Gittings 6, Malbon 5 (Lolley 6), Morgan-Smith 5 (Blissett 5), Johnson 7 (Byrne 5).

Subs not used: Lewis, Dance.

Bookings: Gowling, L Vaughan, Gittings.

Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistants: Martin Parker and Iain Turner.

Fourth Official: Kelvin Sarsfield

Attendance: 2, 223

By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium

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