Chester City striker Nick Chadwick has today become the latest professional player to leave the struggling Blues. The former Everton forward has opted to make the move north joining Conference rivals Barrow AFC in a move which sees him reunited with former Chester City strike partner Gregg Blundell.
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Blue Square Premier club Barrow AFC have announced the signing of Chester City striker Gregg Blundell on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell at Holker street.
The Liverpool-born frontman joined Barrow just ahead of the emergency loan window and has impressed joint-managers Darren Sheridan and David Bayliss sufficiently to earn a permanent contract.
Barrow completed the paperwork for Blundell’s transfer this week and joins the Cumbrian side on an eighteen month deal at Holker Street.
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THE gloom enveloping the Deva Stadium worsened this afternoon as demoralised Chester crashed to a miserable derby defeat.
A crowd containing just 842 home supporters watched on as Altrincham played their more illustrious neighbours off the park before the break before sealing their first win in six matches in injury-time after Glenn Rule’s goal of the season contender sparked hopes of a City comeback.
The damage had already been done by that stage, however, with a shocking first-half display giving rise to the theory that Jim Harvey’s players are now every bit as brow-beaten by the club’s never-ending off-the-field problems as much as the hundreds, if not thousands, of fans who are choosing to stay away.
A third reverse on the run means the Blues are now 22 points away from Blue Square Premier safety and, without reinforcements, Harvey knows it is going to be impossible for them to survive as his squad, following the departures of impressive loanees Johnny Flynn and Michael Coulson, has no depth.
Harvey made two changes to the team that went down at Tamworth seven days earlier as Rule came in for the struggling Shaun Kelly and Gregg Blundell took the place of the departed Coulson.
The Lambs loss was totally undeserved given Chester dominated most of the match. But, after Nick Chadwick failed to make the most of a decent first-minute opening, it became patently clear that it was out-of-form Altrincham who were going to do all the running in the opening period.
With Shaun Densmore and Colin Senior giving Rhys Meynell a torrid time down City’s left-side, it was no surprise when the Robins broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute as England C international Densmore produced a quality cross which completely vexed John Danby and provided Colin Little with the simplest of close-range headers.
And the visitors doubled their advantage six minutes before the interval when Nicky Clee’s throw-in was flicked into the path of Robbie Williams, who flashed an unstoppable left-footed volley into the roof of the net.
With so little options on the bench, Harvey turned to the out-of-favour Ben Wilkinson at half-time. And the substitute could and should have made an instant impact, but instead he headed wastefully wide when well placed.
Blundell then went close with a cross-shot which the previously underworked Stuart Coburn appeared to turn over the bar.
City were beginning to turn the screw yet the feeling remained that they would need something special to break down an Altrincham side who were now more than happy to sit on their lead – and that is exactly what Rule conjured up shortly after the hour mark.
There seemed little danger when the recalled right-back picked up possession 35 yards out, but Rule cut inside on to his unfavoured left foot and let fly with a thunderbolt that arrowed into the top corner – some way to score the first senior goal of your career.
Although hardly the Alamo, the momentum was now very much with the hosts and lively substitute Lloyd Ellams saw two half-chances come and go.
But hopes of a grandstand finish were dashed when Densmore and Little combined to set up Senior for a sweetly-struck right-footed finish into the bottom corner.
CHESTER: Danby, Rule, Roberts, Ryan, Meynell, Owen (Wilkinson 46), Barry, Keltie, Beesley, Blundell (Ellams 75), Chadwick. Subs: Murphy, Kelly, Kay.
GOAL: Rule 63.
ALTRINCHAM: Coburn, Densmore, Williams, Young, Doughty, Senior, Lawton (Burns 39, Welch 87), Danylyk, Clee, McAliskey (Owens 72), Little. Subs: Saunders, Pearson.
GOALS: Little 22, Williams 39, Senior 90.
ATTENDANCE: 1,132 (290 away).
REFEREE: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
City made it back-to-back league wins for the first time in 99 games.
Nick Chadwick and Gregg Blundell strikes sandwiched between a Steven Gregory own goal brought Jim Harvey’s men a well-deserved victory which not only banished the record that has undermined their battle for Blue Square Premier survival, but also acted as the perfect response to their FA Cup humbling by Barrow.
The Blues made two changes to the side that went down so disappointingly in midweek with Glenn Rule and Chadwick returning from suspension to replace the injured Michael Lea and Anthony Barry.
Harvey also altered the way his team lined-up as he utilised a midfield diamond, with Mark Beesley at its tip and Kevin Roberts at its base, in a bid to combat the similar formation favoured by the Dons.
And City certainly responded well to the tactical switch as they made a start every bit as bright as the blazing sun drenching the ground. So it was no surprise when top-scorer Chadwick, having earlier wasted a decent opening, put Chester in front in the 10th minute as he stroked in his fifth goal of the campaign after being picked out by strike-partner Michael Coulson.
And one became two four minutes later when Beesley’s cross was turned into his own net by Gregory. The double salvo stunned a visiting side who made the trip north on the back of a seven-match unbeaten away run.
But Wimbledon gradually began to get a foothold in what was a highly-entertaining contest and, after the ever-impressive Neil Ashton cleared a Ricky Wellard effort off the line, they reduced the deficit in first-half injury-time when Jon Main expertly fired in after a free kick was not fully cleared.
Blues supporters’ spirits were lifted at the break by the appearance of Grenville Millington, who was promoting the newly-formed Chester City Former Players Association. And the greatest goalkeeper in the City’s history would have been proud of the save John Danby made shortly after the restart as the club’s current number one brilliantly turned aside Main’s explosive drive.
The Dons, roared on by a large travelling support, were now penning their hosts back and Luke Moore blasted over before Danby made another tremendous stop, this time with his feet, to deny Main. Chester soaked up the pressure, though, and the excellent Clark Keltie came close to scoring one of the goals of the season when his 30-yard thunderbolt came back off the bar and post.
The attempt spurred the Blues on and Beesley had the chance to make the game safe when he was teed up by the lively Blundell. But with the goal at his mercy, the on-loan Cambridge United man dragged his shot horribly wide. Beesley’s blushes were spared moments later, though, when James Owen escaped down the right and crossed for fellow substitute Blundell to send a crisp strike past the despairing dive of James Pullen.
A last gasp header from Nick Chadwick helped earn struggling Chester City their second league win of the season.
Striker Gregg Blundell was twice involved in the night’s key incident, being brought down in the box by Gateshead defender James Curtis, who was sent off.
He then fired home from the spot, only for on-loan striker Mike Mackay to drill home Gateshead’s equaliser.
But Chadwick won the points for City, nodding home Neil Ashton’s cross.
The victory will give Chester’s young side confidence in their thankless task of trying to beat the drop to the Blue Square North.
However the attendance of 994 will be very much worrying for the Chester City management team as supporters begin to turn their back on the club.
Chester City earned a valuable point in their quest to ensure their survival in non-league’s top flight competition.
The point was saved after Gregg Blundell converted a penalty at the end of the first half.
The hosts took the lead after just five minutes. A long kick from goalkeeper Michael Jordan should have been dealt with by Kevin Roberts, but the defender’s poor header was pounced by Matt Crabb who in turn set Andy Atkin up to score from close range.
With the home side’s taller and more mobile midfield unit beginning to take control, John Danby was called upon to make thee key saves.
The equaliser came when Jordan was adjudged to have brought Neil Ashton down on the six yard line. Despite protests from the home side, referee Watkins pointed to the spot, and Gregg Blundell duly dispatched the penalty kick, sending the keeper the wrong way.
City had chances in the second period, Kevin Roberts headed just over, Blundell fired narrowly wide from 15 yards, and Anthony Barry’s cross was headed against his own bar by Jenkins.
Chester City welcome FA Cup Giant Killers, Histon, to the Deva Stadium on Saturday in search of three rare home points.
Returning striker Gregg Blundell could be set for his debut after recoving from an injury sustained in a training ground incident.
Meanwhile, Chester City manager Mick Wadsworth has asked for patience from the fans after a dismall start to the 2009-2010 campaign.