CHESTER FC host Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield Town in the Skrill Premier on Tuesday night in hope of gaining a valuable three points.
Following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat away at Salisbury City, the Blues will look to bounce back having previously enjoyed their best run of the new season.
Their first three points of the campaign came at fierce rivals Wrexham courtesy of a 2-0 win. This was followed by a goalless draw at home to Dartford, ahead of the loss to Salisbury. Now Chester will look to put things right against the Silkmen.
Macclesfield are still in search of their first win having only secured three points from their first eight games. Their latest defeat came at home to Alfreton Town, after a Danny Meadows strike in the first half gave the visitors all three points.
Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 2-1 Macclesfield Town – With both teams having inconsistent starts to the season, they will both see this match as a chance to gain an important three points. Goals have been few and far between for both sides, but Chester should have the edge over their rivals with home advantage being a big plus.
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, McDonald.
Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Connor, Andrew, Bolton, Holroyd, Winn, Sodje, Boden, Whitaker, Kay, Halls, Mackreth, Kissock, Turnbull, Martin, Rowe.
Chester claim first home win as Silkmen slip
CHESTER FC claimed their first win at home after they saw off their Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town at the Deva Stadium.
The Blues took the lead on the 19 minute mark from an Aiden Chippendale freekick. A floating ball into the box caught the Silkmen unaware and bounced over the heads of the Macclesfield defenders to go hurtling into Rhys Taylor’s goal.
Chester then got their second goal on the stroke of 31 minutes after Efe Sodje failed to clear a ball which was sent forward from the Chester defence. Gareth Seddon capitalised on the mistake and ran well into the Macclesfield box to chip over the helpless Taylor.
Just before half-time Macclesfield got a goal back after captain Daniel Whitaker smacked his shot into the bottom corner of John Danby’s net following some poor defending from the Blue’s.
Shortly into the second half, Chester had a big chance to wrap the game up as Danny Higginbotham was brought down in the box, which saw the referee point to the penalty spot. Former Macclesfield player Ben Mills stepped up but his shot was well saved by Taylor.
The Moss Rose outfit continued to push on and look for the equaliser, with Daniel Andrew coming close in the dying moments of the game hitting a ferocious shot against Chester’s crossbar. The Blues hung on and have now moved up to 20th in the league.
Quays News Man of the Match: After putting in another thorough display, I felt that Danny Higginbotham was worthy of Man of the Match. Chester were forced to do a lot of defending in the second half of the game, and Higginbotham showed good leadership skills as well as completing many crucial tackles.
Chester FC: Danby 7, Kay 6, Pugh 6 (Heath 5), Horan 7, Higginbotham 8, L Turner 6, N Turner 6, McIntyre 6, Chippendale 6 (Harrison 5), Mills 6, Seddon 6 (Titchiner 5)
Subs not used: Mahon, Linwood. Booked: Kay, Chippendale
Macclesfield Town: Taylor 7, Connor 5, Andrew 6, Martin 5, Mackreth 5 (Kissock 6), Holroyd 7, Sodje 5 (Williams 6), Boden 5, Whitaker 7, Rowe 6, Halls 6
Subs not used: Turnbull, Winn, Branigan. Booked: Connor
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistants: Mark Ackerman and Craig Taylor
Fourth Official: Mark Powell
By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium