The Blues face perhaps their toughest test to date tomorrow afternoon, with a trip to the runaway leaders – Chorley.
It is sure to be a crunch clash, with both sides in superb form. Chorley have home advantage and have won all of their games at Victory Park so far. They sit top of the table, nine points clear, having won nine of their opening ten matches.
But Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s side are five unbeaten in the National League North – that run extended to six last Saturday with a convincing FA Cup win against City of Liverpool.
Top scorer Anthony Dudley missed the game through injury, but Chester will be hoping he can return to action and provide a threat up top. However, firepower is in abundance with Matty Hughes facing his former club after a brace in the last league game against Kidderminster. Craig Mahon has been a threat this season as well providing the assists, and on-loan Dan Mooney returns tomorrow after being cup tied last weekend.
Chester have an excellent record of two wins from two at Victory Park since reforming, a 1-0 win in 2010/11 was followed up with a 2-0 victory the following season.
The game is all-ticket, and promises to be an exciting encounter.
Our Last Match
Form Guide – The Last Five (National League North)
Chorley | Played 5, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 0
Blyth Spartans (a) | Won 2-1 | Scorer: Alex Newby, Josh Wilson
Curzon Ashton (h) | Won 2-0 | Scorers: Louis Almond, Marcus Carver
Brackley Town (a) | Draw 2-2 | Scorers: Josh O’Keefe (2)
Ashton (a) | Won 5-0 | Scorers: Josh O’Keefe, Adam Blakeman, Marcus Carver, Louis Almond, Elliot Newby
Alfreton (h) | Won 3-1 | Scorers: Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman (2)
Chester FC | Played 5, Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 0
Guiseley (a) | Draw 1-1 | Scorer: Jon Moran
Bradford PA (h) | Won 5-3 | Scorers: Dan Mooney (2), Anthony Dudley (2), Craig Mahon
FC United (h) | Draw 0-0 | Scorers: None
Boston United (a) | Won 2-0 | Scorers: Steve Howson, Dan Mooney
Kidderminster (h) | Won 3-1 | Scorers: Anthony Dudley, Matty Hughes (2)
Visting Fans Guide
Thanks to Chorley FC for sending us a guide for Blues fans this weekend…
For segregated fixtures away fans should enter via the Pilling Lane turnstiles as the Pilling Lane End is designated the away end. This is the opposite end to the main entrance off Duke Street.
Match day Programme
Magpie Review is available from sellers inside the ground priced £2.50.
With the limited parking at Victory Park reserved for players and officials, the most convenient place to park is just off Pilling Lane, with spaces costing £3 on a first-come-first-served-basis. Car parks in the town centre are generally FREE after 1pm on Saturdays and street parking is available too, but please respect our neighbours and don’t block or cause obstruction to driveways.
For those of you using public transport, Chorley train and bus stations are an easy ten- minute walk away.
Chorley boasts a great selection of micropubs dotted around the town centre, all worthy of a visit. Notably The Ale Station, Shepherds’ Hall Ale House, The Bob Inn, Toastie Tavern, The Shed and Bootleggers. All are within a half-mile stroll of the bus station.
That stroll would also take you past other real ale pubs well worth a visit, notably club sponsor The Crown Hotel. After its recent transformation you can’t miss the new bright orange exterior!
Kick off tomorrow at Victory Park is 3pm. The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is PR7 3DU.
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