Chester FC v Macclesfield Town (Cheshire Senior Cup – 18/02/14)

CHESTER FC welcome Macclesfield Town to the Swansway Chester Stadium on Tuesday night with a place in the semi-finals of the Cheshire Senior Cup up for grabs (Kick-Off 19:45).

The Blues are the current holders of the cup after they beat Stalybridge Celtic, 2-1, at Wincham Park last season.

Following the emphatic win over FC Halifax Town on Thursday night, this will be Steve Burr’s first cup competition match since taking over from Neil Young.

Having been televised on BT Sport, Chester came out on top against the Shaymen, after goals from Craig Mahon and a last gasp winner from Jamie Menagh won the game for the Blues.

Macclesfield Town have had a baron spell of games recently, after Saturday’s match against Forest Green Rovers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Their last outing in the Skrill Premier saw them lose 2-1 at home to Luton Town, however after an inconsistent start to the season, the Silkmen are placed 11th in the table and are only six points off the play-offs.

Former Blues rivals, Northwich Victoria have already qualified for the semi-finals of the cup after beating Hyde 2-0 on Monday night. Tranmere Rovers and last year’s runners up, Stalybridge, are also left in the competition.

Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 1-0 Macclesfield Town.

Burr’s men will be full of confidence and belief going into this game, and with a few younger faces expected to make an appearance for the Blues, it will holds a certainty of importance, and crucially keeping the team ticking over ahead of Saturday’s league game against Lincoln City.

Provisional Squads:

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.

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Connor, Andrew, Bolton, Holroyd, Winn, Sodje, Boden, Whitaker, Kay, Halls, Mackreth, Turnbull, Martin, Rowe.

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Chester knocked out of the cup by Macclesfield

HOLDERS of the Cheshire Senior Cup, Chester FC, have been eliminated from the competition by league rivals Macclesfield Town, after they were defeated 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Goals from Chris Holroyd and Scott Boden sent the visitors into the semi-finals, which left Blues boss Steve Burr with his first cup defeat.

A poor back pass from Ross Killock was intercepted by Holroyd to simply slot the ball over the helpless Fearon to put the Silkmen 1-0 ahead. The game was then sealed by a clever back header from Boden following a cross from Peter Winn.

The Silkmen came close to taking the lead early on into the game after former Chester player, Holroyd intercepted the ball and was through one-on-one with the keeper, but he blazed his effort over the bar.

Craig Lindfield then had the first real chance for Chester following a good move which found the winger in the box, who turned well and sent his left footed drive goal bound but was denied by Richard Branagan.

Liam Blake then came close moments later after the youth product player was picked out in space in the 18-yard box and hit a ferocious shot but Branagan got down well to keep the Blues out.

After the break, Macclesfield were on the front foot again with Arthur Gnahoua smacking the bar after weaving his way past the City defence.

The Blues immediately broke down the other end and following a goalmouth scramble, the Silkmen cleared their lines to maintain the game in their favour.

Another youth player, Tom Peers then came exceptionally close with a flick header, which was kept out by a superb one-handed save by Branagan.

Peers was in the heart of the action again after a series of corners failed to establish a goal, the striker smacked a 20-yard shot which was deflected by George Pilkington to allow a comfortable save for the Macclesfield keeper.

Speaking after the game, Chester’s first team coach, Jon McCarthy said: “There’s a level and intensity from what we saw in the television match and we expect that every game.

“Lots of positives, we have got everybody fit, we have had a look at everybody now so in terms of that it was great, and we were just disappointed because we don’t want to lose football matches.”

Quays News Man of the Match: Liam Blake.

Since graduating from the youth team, Blake has found it hard to break into the first team and show people what he can do. He took his chance and impressed very well in the starting line-up, contributing well both in defence and in attack, displaying an impressive form.

Teams:

Chester FC: Fearon 4, Kay 4, Kiloock 4 (Horan 5), Linwood 4, L Turner 5 (Batten 4), Reed 4, N Turner 5 (Rooney 5), Blake 7, Menagh 6, Lindfield 6, Peers 6

Subs not used: Danby, Mahon

Macclesfield Town: Branagan 7, Halls 5 (Cowan 4), Andrew 4 (Winn 4), Turnbull 4, Williams 5, Pilkington 5, Rowe 6, Lewis 5, Holroyd 7 (Bailey 5), Boden 6, Gnahoua 6

Subs not used: O’Keefe

Referee: John Dowd

Assistants: Ian Hurdle and Joe Simpson

Attendance: 415

By Steven Peach at the Swansway Chester Stadium

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