CHESTER FC go in search of their first points of the new campaign as they host Woking FC at the Deva Stadium on Saturday (Kick-off 15:00 BST).
After two defeats so far for the Blues, the latest being a 2-0 defeat at home to Hereford United on Tuesday night, Chester will see this as a chance to kick start their season in the Skrill Premier.
Woking FC are in a similar position, only picking up one point from their first two games, with a 0-0 draw at home to Lincoln City on the opening day. Like Chester, they also lost on Tuesday night, going down 2-0 away at Braintree Town.
The Cards, who finished 12th in last season’s Conference Premier, were the second highest semi-professional team behind Dartford, and will prove tricky opposition for the hosts.
Quays News Match Prediction: With the addition of Josh Payne and the return of Kevin Betsy to the Woking squad, these former league players could prove an important part in their teams attack. However, following back to back losses for the Blues, I feel this will make them very determined to go out and prove themselves, resulting in a closely contested match.
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.
Woking FC: Howe, Beasant, Newton, Nutter, Parkinson, McNerney, Johnson, Cestor, Betsy, Frith, McNamee, Payne, Rickets, Sawyer, Williams, Wright, McCallum, Sole.
Woking play their cards right as Chester lose
CHESTER FC lost their third consecutive game on Saturday, as 10-man Woking took all three points at the Deva Stadium.
The Surrey based side, known as the Cards, won the match soon after half time, when they scored twice in five minutes.
Their first goal came on the 57 minute mark when striker Gavin Williams picked up the ball in Chester’s half, cut into the penalty area and hit a right footed shot into the top corner of the net.
Five minutes later their lead was doubled after substitute Joe McNerney headed in from a free kick following some poor defending from the Blues.
The turning point came just before the break, when Woking’s Josh Payne was sent off following an off the ball incident with Nathan Turner. Despite this, it was an evenly fought out first half.
Woking had a good chance to go ahead on the 21 minute mark, when Kevin Betsy’s 30 yard shot went whistling past the post. Moments later, on loan Colchester United forward, Freddie Ladapo intercepted the ball and chanced his luck with a shot on goal, only for it to go hurtling over John Danby’s crossbar.
Shortly after, Sam Ricketts fouled Danny Harrison, resulting in the Woking captain picking up a yellow card. The Cards then got another man booked three minutes later, as Lee Sawyer also fouled Harrison, which saw him gain a yellow card.
After the break, Chester came out the stronger of the two sides, using their extra man to full advantage.
Their biggest chance fell to Joe Heath, who hit the post with a header following a pass from Gareth Seddon, the ball then rebounded out to Paul Linwood who skied his shot over the crossbar.
Similarly Seddon came close to getting a goal back for the Blues after substitute Craig Mahon curled in a lovely ball, but his header was well caught by Cards keeper Aaron Howe.
The last chance fell to Kevin McIntyre, whose free kick hit the woodwork on the 85th minute, but this wasn’t enough for the Blues, who have now gone three games without a goal or a point.
Speaking afterwards, Blues manager Neil Young said: “We have been very poor from start to finish, but we have got to keep a clean sheet.
“If you cannot keep the backdoor shut then confidence quickly ebbs away, and it becomes a catalogue of errors which I think it was from the first minute to the last.”
Quays News Man of the Match: Despite the loss for the Blues, I feel that Chester’s Paul Linwood played very well. With Woking creating many chances, the defence was coming under a lot of pressure, but Linwood stepped in and performed many crucial tackles to stop the visitors from scoring more.
Chester FC: Danby 5, L Turner 5, Heath 5 (Reed 4), Horan (c) 6, Linwood 7, Harrison 6, N Turner 5, Jarrett 5 (Mahon 5), Seddon 4, McIntyre 6, Lindfield 6 (Titchiner 4). Subs: Pugh, A Williams.
Woking FC: Howe 5, Newton 5, Nutter 6, Ricketts (c) 5, Johnson 4, Sawyer 5 (Frith 4), Parkinson 4, G Williams 6 (McCallum 5), Betsy 6, Payne 4, Ladapo 6 (McNerney 6).Subs: McNamee, Beasant.
Referee: Jason Whiteley
Assistants: Joseph Johnson and Matthew Donahue
Fourth Official: Mark Powell.
By Steven Peach at the Deva Stadium