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Chester City midfielder Rhys Meynell has been linked with a possible loan move to Blue Square Premier rivals Kidderminster Harriers, according to reports in the local press earlier today.

Former Barnsley player Meynell was signed in the summer by former City boss Mick Wadsworth after spells with Gretna and AFC Telford United. However, his progress at The Deva Stadium has been hampered by a number of niggling injury problems.

New Harriers` boss Steve Burr is keen to bolster the play-off chasing squad he inherited when he took over the managerial hotseat at Aggborough last month, and indicated that the ex-Stalybridge Celtic manager would make a move for Meynell when the loan transfer window re-opens next week.

City’s hierarchy will be preparing for Wednesday`s meeting with the Football League, with a representative of the Football Conference also expected to attend.

The authorities are thought to be looking for further information from the club about the current financial state of the club.

Chester survived a winding up petition in the High Court last week by HM Revenue & Customs, but they must return on March 10 to detail how they are going to pay arrears of £26,000.

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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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Chester City have sacked first team manager Mick Wadsworth after just three months in charge.

The Deva Stadium outfit are bottom of the Blue Square Premier with just two wins from 13 games and were handed a 25 point penalty at the start of the season.

Chester suffered a 2-1 midweek defeat to Forest Green Rovers which left them 24 points from safety.

Speaking after a fifth home loss of the season, Wadsworth admitted fixtures on their own patch had been a difficult environment in which to operate.

Wadsworth said: “There is less stress, pressure and negativity away from home.

“I’ve not known an environment like it. I know I’ve got to change it and we have got to change it and I appreciate that and I take that responsibility.”

Defender Tim Ryan and physio Billy Gerrard will take charge of first team affairs  as Chester prepare for Saturday’s bottom of the table clash at Hayes and Yeading.

Wadsworth was appointed manager on June, 29, replacing Mark Wright.

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First-year professional Chris Lynch may have his loan spell with Chester City cut short after suffering a knee injury against Wrexham on Saturday.

Chester boss Mick Wadsworth said: “It looks like a serious injury, sadly, but I hope it’s not. It’s a big blow for him and a big blow for us because he’s an outstanding player.”

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Mick Wadsworth has praised his side for prising a point from their trip to neighbours Wrexham.

The Chester City boss underlined his delight about the Blues performance in yesterday’s goalless draw at The Racecourse, despite admitting his side had squandered the better chances in front of goal.

He said: “It was a good performance from my team. It underlined our battling, and steely qualities, and our determination not to be beaten.

“I thought we were the better team and we created a couple of good scoring opportunities.

“We had the best two chances to win the game.

“Their keeper pulled off a great save to deny Gregg Blundell’s header, and I know Gregg was beside himself for missing his close range chance in the first half.

“Gregg was very apologetic at half-time about missing his effort, but that’s okay. That happens to strikers at times and I know he didn’t miss on purpose and we’ll have to live with those sorts of mistakes.

“I thought the game was a bit rough and tumble, but we stood up well to the physical aspects of the match.

“We also came out quite well on the fitness side of the game.”

Wadsworth revealed that on loan defender, Chris Lynch, could be out of action for a spell after suffering a knee injury and having to be helped off the pitch during the first half.

He added: “I thought we were unlucky to lose Chris who sadly looks like he has picked up a bit of a serious injury. I hope it’s not, but it doesn’t look too good at the moment.

“The injury is a big blow for Chris and it’s obviously a big blow for us too because he is an outstanding player.

“But I thought Shaun Kelly did very well as a centre half when he came on as a substitute to replace him.

“Wrexham striker Gareth Taylor can prove a difficult opponent as I’ve found out many times over the years. On his day he can prove a very good player as he proved last week against Luton.

“But he didn’t dominate against Chester City and I’m quite proud of that.

“I don’t think John Danby had one save to make and we soaked up everything that they threw at us.

“Everything seemed to find John’s hands and he did really well to collect Wrexham’s crosses. We defended the box very well and it was good to see Gareth Taylor didn’t get a chance to dominate.”

Wadsworth also reserved a few words of praise for debutant central midfielder, Clark Keltie, who signed for the Blues 24 hours earlier on a one month loan deal from Rochdale.

He said: “Clark did well for us on his debut, but he just needs games and everybody could see that during the last 20 minutes of the match.

“I thought he was very dominant after the first half and it was good to see him doing well around the centre circle because we need that power and strength.

“He will be a good addition to the squad and now let’s hope if he continues to do well we can keep him for more than his one month loan because that’s our aim.

“At the end of the day I’m just proud of my players. I hope everybody recognises what a great bunch of players I’ve got at Chester.

“We’re not saying that we’ve got the best players technically, but in terms of spirit and in terms of wanting to do well for the club the players are absolutely sensational.

“They are giving me everything they’ve got.”

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Rooted at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier League table, former football league club Chester City make the long journey south today to face Eastbourne Borough and blues boss Mick Wadsworth sees the next two games as an opportunity to reduce City’s points deficit arrears.

“We’ve got to go and win at Eastbourne,” said City gaffer Mick Wadsworth.  “We desperately need another win to get us back on track, then we have a game on Tuesday.  We haven’t got a huge selection problem for Saturday.”

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The Deva Stadium, Blues hope to make this a fortress after first win of 2009

The Deva Stadium, Blues hope to make this a fortress after first win of 2009

Chester City manager Mick Wadsworth was delighted to get his first victory at the Blues following their 2-0 success over Histon on Saturday.  The victory was Chester’s first at home since Boxing Day 2008.

“I think its great, it’s just good for everyone,” said Wadsworth in his post match press-conference. “It’s about time we did something which gives us a bit of cheer on a Saturday – we’ve been close a couple of times.”

“It was a really difficult game,” the former Gretna manager continued. “We were stoic and courageous in our defending and if you look, they [Histon] had a lot of ball but not too many chances. “At times I was really pleased as we played some clever and good football at times. We weren’t at our best on the ball but I think it’s difficult in a game like that.

“So I’m just delighted to win.” 

Chester City still remain rooted to the bottom of the Blue Square Premier League but have reduced their arreas to minus 20 points, giving the Deva Stadium’s long suffering followers a glimmer of hope in the race of premier league survival this term.

Next up are Tamworth at home on Tuesday night, we will keep informed of developments from the Deva.

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