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Cambridge United Manager Martin Ling has moved to sign versatile defender Kevin Roberts until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old signs on a free transfer after his contract with Chester City was terminated.

Liverpool born Roberts can play either right-back, centre half or in midfield and has made over a hundred appearances for Chester since 2007 scoring 7 goals. He made his first team debut as a substitute against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup first round tie on 14 August 2007, and bravely stepped up to take a penalty in the shoot-out.

Roberts continued to establish himself at Chester and came off the bench to score the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United in September 2007. He went on to play regularly in the side ever since and joins the U’s on a free transfer. Kevin has been allocated squad number 25.

Martin Ling told cambridgeunited.com, “Kevin is a good addition to the squad. With games coming thick and fast, his versatility will be a big asset to us.

“Kevin is here to demonstrate his ability to earn a contract for next season.”

Kevin added, “I’m coming in to work hard and impress the manager enough to earn a place here for next year.”

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Cambridge United boss Martin Ling is ready to pounce for Chester defender Kevin Roberts as the crisis club’s woes deepen.

But Ling admitted he hoped the Blue Square Premier’s basement boys are saved as Cambridge United could lose six points if they are thrown out of the league.

The United manager confirmed he would be interested in snapping up the versatile Roberts if he became available.

Having come through the youth team at the Deva Stadium, Roberts, 20, is Chester’s longest-serving player and has so far stayed loyal to the cause, despite being paid one week’s wages in the last three months.

However, that situation is likely to change with Chester failing to fulfil Tuesday’s fixture at Forest Green after players, who had previously threatened strike action, refused to travel.

Ling said: “Kevin Roberts is someone we’re interested in. He can play right-side centre-half, right-back or as a holding midfielder.

“He’s someone that we’ve talked about and Paul (Carden, assistant manager) knows him quite well.

“If the situation comes where he can get out of the club or he doesn’t have a club given Chester’s scenario, then he’s someone we’d take a look at.”

If Chester are thrown out of the league and their results expunged, United would be just two points above the relegation zone having beaten Chester twice this season.

Ling admitted he feared the worst. He said: “We hope they stay in there for obvious reasons, but I’d be gob-smacked if the league doesn’t throw them out.

“They shouldn’t have backed them from the start, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

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Forest Green Rovers extended their undefeated run to six with a victory which signalled the end for Chester City manager Mick Wadsworth.

Amidst rumours of dressing room unrest at the Deva Stadium, the visitors Conal Platt opened his account for the season when he seized on keeper John Danby’s mistake off a Sean Rigg shot.

Platt had a long-range effort saved before Rigg struck from 18 yards to double Rovers’ lead.

Chester had chances either side of the break before Kevin Roberts headed home Neil Ashton’s cross but they could not find an equaliser.

All in all a very poor performance.  The blues now travel to Hayes and Yeading at the weekend hoping to turn around their fortunes with captain Tim Ryan in charge of first team affairs in a caretaker capacity.

 Chester City: Danby, Roberts, Kelly, Ryan, Lea, Wilkinson (Meynell 84), Keltie, Kay (Barry 46), Ashton,

Ellams (Blundell 46), Chadwick.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Rule.

Booked: Ryan.

Goals: Roberts 50.

Forest Green: Burton, Smith, Preece, Ayres, Stonehouse, Davies, Brown, Spence, Platt, Ameobi, Rigg.
Subs Not Used: Carlin, Lloyd, Else, Pugh, Palmer.

Booked: Platt, Rigg.

Goals: Platt 18, Rigg 37.

Att: 1,019

Ref: P Wright (England).

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Histon Football Club

Histon Football Club

Chester City Football Club today recorded their first league win of the Blue Square Premier Season, against last seasons famous FA Cup Giant Killers, Histon.

Kevin Roberts handed Chester City the lead front just before the break from Neil Ashton’s corner after Danny Naisbitt had turned Nick Chadwick’s effort round the post.

Chadwick then wrapped up the points 14 minutes from time against fellow strugglers Histon, heading the second.

Chester had lost their previous two home games and are now up to minus-20 points from six games.

Chester City: Danby, J Vaughan, Ryan, Lynch, Lea, Wilkinson (Barry 60), S Vaughan (Kelly 66), Roberts, Ashton, Alessandra (Blundell 45), Chadwick.
Subs Not Used: Meynell, Kay.

Scorers: Roberts (44), Chadwick (76).

Booked: J Vaughan, Ashton, Ryan.
Histon: Naisbitt, Tann, Langston, Bygrave, Pope, Barker (Kennedy 83), Knight-Percival, Farrell (Andrews 75), Gwillim, Hudson-Odoi (Hammond 75), Simpson.
Subs Not Used: Sparkes, Mason-Smith.

Booked: Bygrave.

Attendance: 1,171

Referee: Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire).

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