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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)

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It has been reported today that young striker Michael Coulson has returned to BarnsleyFC  after scoring once in five outings on loan at Blue Square Premier side Chester City.  The Deva Stadium club wanted to keep the player for another month but couldn’t find the finances to pay the players’ wages.

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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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Jim Harvey’s Chester City recorded their third victory in a row against struggling Conference rivals Grays Athletic.

Chester’s loan striker Michael Coulson opened the scoring after hoofing an 18-yard drive into the top left corner.

Fola Onibuje headed the Grays equaliser from a Danny Bunce corner.

Nick Chadwick scored from short range on the stroke of half time and added a second in the dying minutes after connecting with a Coulson cross.

 Grays Athletic: Edwards, Davis (Asllani 76), Mawer, Uddin, Bunce, Graham (Pendergast 60), Robson, Leahy (Agumbar 55),Poole, Slabber, Onibuje.
Subs Not Used: Charge, Rnkovic.

Booked: Robson.

Goals: Onibuje 32.

Chester: Danby, Roberts, Ryan, Flynn, Meynell (Wilkinson 85),Coulson (Kay 90), Owen, Keltie, Ashton, Chadwick (Blundell 80), Beesley.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Rule.

Goals: Coulson 30, Chadwick 44, 78.

Att: 480

Ref: J Farries (Oxfordshire).

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Posted on: Fri 16 Oct 2009
BARNSLEY youngster Michael Coulson has today joined Chester City on a 28-day emergency loan.
The striker, who signed for the Reds from Scarborough in 2006, enjoyed a successful spell out on loan at Northwich Victoria in 2007. He has made 25 appearances for the Reds in total, netting two goals.

Barnsley youngster Michael Coulson has today joined Chester City on a 28-day emergency loan.

The striker, who signed for the Reds from Scarborough in 2006, enjoyed a successful spell out on loan at Northwich Victoria in 2007. He has made 25 appearances for the Reds in total, netting two goals.

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