CHESTER FC welcome Hyde to the Swansway Chester Stadium on Saturday as the Blues aim to take all three points (Kick-Off 15:00).
Steve Burr’s men are placed 19th in the Skrill Premier and have played one extra game over fellow relegations rivals Hereford United and Aldershot Town.
Hyde, who have already been relegated, currently have 10 points after securing one win and seven draws from their 40 games played.
The Tigres have currentlly conceded 102 goals going into this game, with Chester looking to add more to the tally. The last time the two sides met, the Blues were victorious at Ewen Fields winning 2-1, courtesy of goals from Craig Lindfield and Craig Mahon.
The Tigres last outing ended in defeat as they lost 1-0 away to Aldershot Town. Similarly, Chester also went down 2-0 away to Welling United, a result which leaves the Blues one of six teams fighting for survival.
Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 2-0 Hyde FC.
Despite the current form of both sides, Chester have proved to be the stronger of the two teams going from league status and with the tie being played at the Swansway, the game could swing in favour of the Blues.
Chester made a trio of signings last week which could see all three make their home debuts.
Former Premier League right-back, Andy Griffin, has joined the Club until the end of the season.
James Caton has also joined the Blues on-loan from Championship side, Blackpool, until the end of the season.
The final of the three signings involved Hyde FC defender Luke Ashworth, sign on an emergency loan deal. Martin Fearon has also gone the other way and left the Club to join Ramsbottom United on-loan.
Chester FC: Danby, Kay, Heath, Horan, Linwood, Harrison, Jarrett, Lindfield, L Turner, McIntyre, N Turner, Seddon, Mahon, Peers, Menagh, Rooney, Chapman, Brown, Daniels, Mainwaring, Carlton, Griffin, Caton, Ashworth.
Hyde FC: Josh Brizell, Will Haining, Liam Tomsett, David Poole, Alex Brown, Connor Hughes, Adam Thurston, Dominic Barrett, Ashley Frith, Darren Thornton, Andrew Fitzgerald, Jordan Clark, David McNiven, Chris Kettings, Adam Blakeman, Ben Dennis, Jake Pollard, Alex McQuade, Chris Whincop, Damase Kiwanda, Regan Walker, Tom Manship, Rhys Day, James Kirby, Jordan Lazenbury.
Chester get all three points against Hyde
STEVE BURR saw his side pick up all three points against Hyde FC on Saturday as the Swansway Chester Stadium witnessed a five goal thriller.
Chester took the lead after Gareth Seddon hit the ball on the half volley and lobbed the goalkeeper to place his shot into the bottom left corner of the net. The lead was doubled for the Blues after Josh Brizell put the ball into his own net. The Tigers defender made a desperate header in an attempt to clear their lines and directed it into the back of the Hyde goal.
After the break Chester made it three after a corner from John Rooney picked out Craig Hobson in the box who headed his shot home from close range. Hyde got two goals back in quick succession courtesy of an Adam Blakeman double. The left back scored both goals from free-kicks and struck the ball into the top corner of the net to secure the first. Similarly, Blakeman hit the ball well and sent his effort past Aaron Chapman with a low drive to secure the second.
As the game kicked off, the Blues came close in the opening 20 seconds of taking the lead after Gareth Seddon was through one-on-one with Chris Kettings, but the Chester skipper was too casual and his shot was easily saved.
Moments later Hyde had a chance to put the ball in the back of the net after the Blues were caught napping, allowing Connor Hughes to receive the ball in acres of space inside the six-yard box, only for the Tigers striker to blaze his effort over the bar.
Seddon was once again in the heart of the action and pulled off a speculative scissor kick which went narrowly wide of Kettings post.
Chester started the second half as they finished the first. John Rooney intercepted the ball in his own area and sent a 50-yard shot goal wards which forced Kettings into a scrambling save to put the ball around the post.
Regan Walker then had a golden chance of putting Hyde back into the game after an undealt –with cross found him at the back post. The forward flicked his header towards goal but placed it wide of the post from three-yards out.
Soon after, Chester were down to 10 men after Matty Brown was shown a red card from referee Ben Toner for throwing the ball at the head of a Hyde player.
This spurred the Ewen Fields outfit on and they were then on the attack again, this time through Liam Tomsett. The midfielder struck a powerful shot which was dipping under the bar before the Chester stopper parried the ball over the bar.
Just before full time, a number of Hyde players linked up well to exploit the spaces in the Blues defence, but the effort at the end of the move could only be placed wide of Chapman’s far post.
Quays News Man of the Match: Lewis Turner.
The Leeds United youngster put in a tremendous amount of effort for the Blues and adapted well in a number of different positions when he was called upon. Usually at right back, he performed well on the wing following the restructure after Matty Brown’s dismissal and created many moves going forward.
Chester FC: Chapman, L Turner, Brown, Kay, McIntyre, Bond, Jarrett, Rooney, Mahon (Linwood 79), Seddon (c) (Griffin 65), Hobson (Menagh 86).
Subs not used: Danby, Peers
Booked: Mahon, Kay, Rooney, McIntyre
Sent Off: Brown
Hyde FC: Kettings, Brizell, Blakeman, Haining (Thornton 74), McQuade, Tomsett, Clark, Brown (c), Thurston (Day 88), Walker, Hughes.
Subs not used: Fitzgerald, Pollard, Kirby
Booked: Blameman, Tomsett
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Matthew Pope and Martin Woods
Fourth Official: Richard Woodward
By Steven Peach at the Swansway Chester Stadium