CHESTER FC welcome Welling United to the Swansway Chester Stadium on Saturday as the Blues aim for their third home win of the season (Kick-Off 15:00).
The Blues currently sit one point above the relegation zone following their defeat to Forest Green Rovers last week. The hosts won the game 3-0 at The New Lawn, leaving Steve Burr with many questions to ask after losing his first game since taking over from Neil Young.
Following the loss, Burr acted quickly to add bodies to his squad, acquiring striker Matt Taylor, on-loan until the end of the season from the Lawnmowers.
The 23-year-old, who signed for Forest Green in September 2011, scored over 80 goals for his previous club, North Leigh, earning him a trial at League Two side, Cheltenham.
Welling United, who won promotion from Blue Square South in the 2012/13 season, have had a good season so far, finding themselves placed in 14TH position.
The Wings’ last outing saw them lose 2-1 at home to Alfreton Town, after goals from Josh Law and Shaun Harrad.
A win for the Park View Road outfit could see them climb three places up to 11th position. Similarly, a win for the Blues could see move them one place up to 19th, should results go their way.
Quays News Match Prediction: Chester FC 1-0 Welling United.
Following the acquisition of Matt Taylor and the possible return of Gareth Seddon, the Blues look strong going forward. However, Welling are sitting comfortably mid-table and could prove difficult for Chester to break down.
Chester FC: Danby, Kay, Heath, Horan, Linwood, Harrison, Reed, Jarrett, Lindfield, L Turner, Fearon, McIntyre, N Turner, Seddon, Mahon, Peers, Menagh, Atkinson, Killock, Rooney, G Miller, Taylor.
Welling United: Butcher, Fazakerley, McLaren, Obersteller, Gallagher, Bergqvist, Hudson, Wakefield, Beautyman, Cornick, Guthrie, Cumbers, Lafayette, Healy.
Welling fly-high as Chester suffer defeat
STEVE BURR saw his Chester FC side lose for the second time in a week after visitors Welling United walked away with all three points.
The Wings took the lead moments after kick-off when Harry Cornick picked up the ball in acres of space and ran unchallenged towards John Danby’s goal. The loanee from AFC Bournemouth then comfortably placed his shot under the Blues stopper to put his side 1-0 up.
Welling then went 2-0 up after a smart piece of play from Oluwatabi Sho-Silva on the right found Ross Lafayette in the box who simply slotted the ball under the helpless Danby.
The game was more or less wrapped up for United minutes after the break thanks to a Joe Healy strike which was directed beautifully into the right hand side of the Blues net.
Chester did however get a goal back shortly after the restart. Matty Taylor collected the ball, turned well just inside the area and shot a ferocious left footed effort past Lee Butcher.
Chester started the game on the back foot and were forced to make a substitution early on following an injury to Kevin McIntyre. The veteran full back went off holding his groin and was replaced by Jamie Menagh.
Shortly after, Ross Killock came close to scoring for the Blues after rising highest from a cross, however he failed to direct his header on target.
Welling continued the relentless attack and proved to be the dominant team in the first half.
After the break, Chester started the much stronger side as Michael Kay cut in from the left flank to shoot from 20-yards, only to send his shot wide of Butcher’s post.
As the game went on, the Blues continued to press their opposition and their best chance of the game fell to Jason Jarret who found himself in lots of space in Welling’s penalty area. Lewis Turner squared the ball to the midfielder but he failed to organise his footing only to poke his effort wide.
As the game began to draw to a close, Welling came close to making it four after Harry Beautyman hit a powerful shot which just rose over Danby’s bar.
Just before full time, Chester were reduced to ten men following a late challenge from Ross Killock, which was his second bookable offence.
Quays News Man of the Match: Matty Taylor.
The debutant from Forest Green Rovers performed well and helped the Blues out both upfront and in defence. His goal was well deserved for his efforts during the game and was undoubtedly the standout player.
Chester FC: Danby 5, Kay 5, Horan (c) 6, Killock 5, McIntyre 5 (Menagh) 5, L Turner 6, Jarrett 6, G Miller 6 (Bond 5), Rooney 6, Taylor 7, Reed 5 (Seddon 5).
Subs not used: Mahon, Fearon
Booked: Killock, Kay, Turner
Sent off: Killock
Welling United: Butcher 6, Jack Obersteller 6, Gallagher 5, Bergqvist 5, Lafayette (c) 6, Hudson 5, McLaren 5 (Joe Obersteller 6), Beautyman 6, Healy 6, Cornick 6 (Guthrie 5), Sho Silva 6 (Ajala 5).
Subs not used: J Turner, Wakefield.
Referee: Darren England
Assistants: Martin Woods and Joe Johnson.
Fourth Official: Justin Hayes
By Steven Peach at the Swansway Chester Stadium