Posts Tagged ‘Mark Beesley’

Chester City travel to face York City  at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday night (kick off 7.45) just days after the conference side overcame our Cheshire rivals, Crewe Alexandra, last weekend in the FA Cup.

Martin Foyle’s men will be looking to extend their season-long unbeaten home run as well as reduce the four point gap between themselves and the Play Off places. 

Struggling Chester are resurgent since the vastly experienced Jim Harvey took over as manager after the sacking of former Scarborough chief Mick Wadsworth little over a month ago.

In fact, the Blues’ only defeat on the road this season was a 4-0 thrashing at runaway leaders Oxford way back in August and Harvey has also led his new side to wins in each of their last three games.

Weighed down by a 25 point deduction, the Blues are still on minus four points even with their good run of form after a poor start to the campaign and remain a hefty nineteen points from safety.

Chester City will be without highly rated defender Johnny Flynn, who had been on loan from Blackburn Rovers, after he was called up to the Northern Ireland under 21s squad and recalled by the Premiership side.

Former Scarborough prospect Michael Coulson recently joined Chester on loan from Barnsley and is likely to start in an advanced role alongside seven-goal top scorer Nick Chadwick.

Mark Beesley should also be involved after extending his loan spell from Cambridge United which means midfielder Ben Wilkinson, released by the Minstermen last season, is expected to warm the bench for the Blues.


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City have been handed a major boost on the eve of tonight’s trip to York City (7.45pm) after Mark Beesley’s loan from Cambridge United was extended by a further month.

The 28-year-old striker has been in fine form since returning to the Deva Stadium and has played a major part in Jim Harvey side’s season-reviving three-match winning run.

The only stipulation of the new deal, which expires on December 5, is that Beesley will not be able to face his parent club when City travel to the Abbey Stadium on December 1.

While Beesley will be in the squad to face an in-form York side who knocked Crewe Alexandra out of the FA Cup on Saturday, Blues boss Harvey will be without on-loan centre-back Johnny Flynn.

The impressive 20-year-old – who turns 21 next Wednesday – has been called-up for Northern Ireland Under 21s’ UEFA European U21 Championships qualifiers against Germany on Friday and Czech Republic next Tuesday.

The fit-again Shaun Kelly could take Flynn’s place in the heart of Chester’s defence while midfielder Anthony Barry may also be included in the travelling party after he returned to training yesterday.

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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.

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Gateshead Football Club

Gateshead Football Club

Chester City striker Mark Beesley scored his first goal since his return to the club to earn the Blue Square Premier’s bottom club their first away win of the season.

The on-loan Cambridge United front man latched onto Kevin Roberts’ cross to hit a close-range winner 11 minutes into the second half.

And, although City old boy Daryl Clare came close to a Gateshead equaliser on his debut, the visitors hung on for three valuable points in their struggle for survival in the Blue Square Premier League.

 Gateshead: Farman, Williams, Curtis, Swailes, Cave (Mackay 80), Phillips (Baxter 62), Gate, Francis, Winn (One 61), Clare, Armstrong.
Subs Not Used: Provett, McDermott.

Chester: Danby, Roberts, Flynn, Ryan, Ashton, Coulson (Ellams 92), Keltie, Barry, Lea, Blundell (Wilkinson 50), Beesley. Other Sub: Kay (for Wilkinson, 91).
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Kay, Owen.

Scorer: Beesley 56.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Carnforth).

Attendance: 631.

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Chester City Football Club

Chester City Football Club

Chester City Chief Executive Ian Anderson has been promoted to the role of chairman and re-signed Cambridge striker Mark Beesley on a month-long loan deal.

Anderson, who’s solicitor’s firm, Anderson & Co are the club’s main sponsor, has been on the board of directors for the past two years, while owner Stephen Vaughan will not be taking a position on the board of directors.

Twenty-eight-year-old Beesley played for Chester between 2000 and 2003, scoring 36 goals in 110 games.

He has scored two goals this season for the U’s.

Of his appointment as chairman, Anderson told BBC Radio Merseyside: “I am relishing the chance of getting more involved on a day-to-day basis.

“I am looking forward to working with Jim Harvey and Tim Ryan and now we want to take the club forward and create stability at the Deva Stadium.”

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