CHESTER FC welcome FC Halifax Town on Thursday night as the Blues aim for all three points after slipping back into the relegation zone of the Skrill Premier (Kick-Off 19:30).
The tie, which was originally scheduled for Saturday 15th February, has been changed to Thursday 13th February following an announcement that the game will be shown live on BT Sport.
Previous encounters between the two fan-owned sides have been entertaining, with this game expected to follow that trend.
When the two sides last met back in September, The Shay outfit won 2-1, despite Gareth Seddon putting the scores level just before half time for the Blues.
With mid-week results going against Chester, the tie at the Swansway Chester Stadium will be pivotal for the Blues survival hopes, who find themselves occupying the final space of the drop zone.
Halifax, who are placed in 10th position, could climb up to fourth should the result go their way. Following their promotion to the Conference Premier alongside Chester last season, they have taken to the new league well and have lost 11 games so far.
The Shaymen’s last outing saw them fire five goals past Salisbury City thanks to a Lee Gregory Hat-trick.
Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 1-1 FC Halifax Town.
Halifax have been in impressive form of late and will prove a tough opposition for the Blues. However, this is the first time that Chester have been televised since their reformation and will want to put a show on for the spectators both in the stadium and at home.
Chester FC: Danby, Kay, Heath, Horan, Linwood, Harrison, Reed, Jarrett, Lindfield, L Turner, Fearon, McIntyre, N Turner, Seddon, Mahon, Peers, Menagh, Killock, Rooney, G Miller, Taylor, Chapman, Brown.
FC Halifax Town: Glennon, Marshall, Maynard, Clay, Wilson, Challinor, Bolton, Crowther, Ainge, Gregory, Roberts, McManus, Smith, Jackson, Senior, Gray.
Chester win in emphatic style to beat Halifax
CHESTER FC fought off league rivals FC Halifax Town 2-1 at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Thursday night, after another entertaining showdown between the two sides.
High in popularity for entertainment and action, the derby between the fan-owned clubs has always been popular, and this one didn’t disappoint after goals from Craig Mahon and the winner late into stoppage time from Jamie Menagh earned the Blues all three points.
Chester took the lead after a smart piece of play found Mahon in the box, who slotted home his shot comfortably. Halifax did however get one back three minutes into stoppage time courtesy of a James Bolton strike which looked to have earned the Shaymen a point. This was until the final moments of the five minutes added time when Lewis Turner whipped in a delightful cross which met the feet of Mengah to smash home the winner.
The Blues came close to taking the lead minutes into the game after Gareth Seddon rose well and headed goal-wards but former Blues stopper, Matt Glennon saved well.
Chester continued to press on after their bright start, with Andy Bond coming close with a curling shot following a neat piece of play from Craig Mahon on the edge of the area.
Halifax fought back and had a golden chance to go ahead when the ball fell to Ryan Crowther, unfortunately he couldn’t organise his feet and placed his effort wide of the goal.
Shortly after, the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Josh Wilson committed to a tackle late which saw him stand on Seddon’s foot, and the referee immediately shown the player a straight red.
This gave Chester more firepower going forward and a series of three shots followed which saw two saved on the line by the Halifax defence and the final one hit the crossbar.
The second half started much like the first with Chester on the attack once more. John Rooney intercepted the ball and hit a low drive goal wards but it failed to trouble the keeper.
Crowther was in the heart of the action again for the Shaymen, but he could only guide his speculative effort rising over the bar.
Speaking after the game, Blues boss Steve Burr said: “It was heart-breaking to see them equalise, I know we were against 10 men but I thought we took advantage of that.
“I would’ve liked us to have got the second goal to have given us the cushion but fair play to us, we got the winner in the end which was fanastic.”
Quays News Man of the Match: Craig Mahon.
After failing to break into the starting line up for much of the season, he stepped up well and proved to everybody why he should be selected in the future. He was always an attacking threat going forwards and was a handful for the Halifax defence to deal with.
Chester FC: Chapman 8 (Danby 6), L Turner 7, Killock 7, Brown 7, Heath 7, Rooney 7, Bond 6, Jarrett 6, Mahon 8 (Menagh 7), Seddon 6, Taylor 7 (Reed 5)
Subs not used: Linwood, Mainwaring
Booked: Rooney, Heath, Jarrett
FC Halifax Town: Glennon 7, Maynard 6, McManus 6, Roberts 6, Ainge 5, Marshall 5, Bolton 7, Wilson 5, Lenighan 5 (Jackson 5), Crowther 6 (Smith 5), Gregory 6
Subs not used: Senior, Challinor, Worthington
Sent Off: Wilson
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistants: Matthew Donohue and Helen Byrne
Fourth Official: Matt Parry
By Steven Peach at the Swansway Chester Stadium