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Former Airbus UK Broughton keeper Phil Palethorpe is reported to be the replacement for Cudworth at Welshpool.

Palethorpe (pictured), who joined Chester City from Tranmere Rovers in 2006/07, made twenty-seven appearances for the Wingmakers last season and has also spent time on-loan at Tamworth.


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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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Chester City manager Jim Harvey says the Blues can survive in the Blue Square Premiership after watching Chester’s impressive away victory over hapless Grays Athletic.
The former Morecambe manager has turned Chester City’s fortunes in dramatic fashion with three wins on the bounce boosting the players confidence big time.
Harvey told reporters on Saturday night: “Our target has always been to try and get out of our minus points deficit and into positive numbers. If we can manage that then we’ll start to put a little bit more pressure on the teams above us.
“If we can get results now at York City on Tuesday night and at Tamworth next Saturday then we can maybe start to look over our shoulders and close the gap on the four teams immediately above us.
“There is no reason, with performances like the one at Grays, why we shouldn’t survive in the Blue Square Premier Division.”
Let’s hope Jim can fix it for us!

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Chester City return to action tonight with a long journey south, making their first ever visit to the Ray Mac Stadium in their latest Blue Square Premier match.

The Whites will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats on their travels – they lost 2-0 at Tamworth on Saturday having been beaten 2-1 at Gateshead a week earlier.

Meanwhile, Chester City will be hoping to return to winning ways after being comprehensively beaten by Stevenage Borough at the Deva Stadium last weekend.

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City are to appeal against the extra 15-point deduction that was imposed upon them by the Football Conference at the start of the season.

City suffered an automatic 10-point penalty when they entered administration, and this deduction was increased by a further 15 points following the Inland Revenue’s successful appeal against the admin judgement.

In order to prevent the club going out of business, Chester did sign documentation stating that they wouldn’t appeal the deductions and they were subsequently granted permission to join the league.

However, after taking legal advice, City have been advised that “commercial duress” was exerted when they did sign the documents and their appeal will be based on this legal point.

A spokesman for the Deva Stadium outfit last night confirmed that the appeal would proceed.

The Conference were criticised by the Football Association following the club’s protracted entry into the Blue Square Premier League last month, the FA stating that the extra 15-point penalty was outside the League’s remit.

Meanwhile, Chester could well face a financial fine following Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat by Tamworth. Six of City’s players were booked during the game, and a fine of up to £1,000 may well be imposed by the FA.

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Disappointed Chester City manager Mick Wadsworth told reporters on Tuesday night that he was on the lookout for fresh blood after watching his side lose to newly promoted Tamworth at the Deva Stadium last night.

“It’s my job to try and find players and to try and get something to make us better,” he told reporters in his post match press conference.

“We have to pick ourselves up and just keep fighting. That’s all we can do.”

“The way they approach the games and the way they come into work every day is fantastic and they get a lot of credit,” Wadsworth continued.

“It’s a long hard road and we haven’t had a lot of things going for us but all that has gone now. We are where we are and we have just go to fight.

“That’s what I’ll do and that’s what we’ll do. The team will get better and it has got better.”

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Tamworth Football Club

Tamworth Football Club

Newly-promoted Tamworth registered their first away win in the Blue Square Premier as they claimed all three points to push themselves up into fifth place in the table.

Tom Shaw was involved in both Tamworth goals, Richard Tait’s opener before the break and Chris Smith’s close-range second just before the hour.

Nick Chadwick pulled one back for the bottom club 13 minutes from time.

But, in a game of nine bookings at the Deva, six of them came in the final 20 minutes as tempers boiled over.

It needed a fine save from Lambs keeper Danny Alcock to prevent Chadwick from producing an immediate equaliser straight after Tait’s opener.

And on-loan Burnley midfielder Adam Kay and defender Michael Lea fired late chances over the bar as Chester finished strongly.

 Chester: Danby, Lea, Lynch, Kelly, Ryan, Wilkinson (Ellams 64), Barry (Kay 64), Roberts, Ashton, Blundell, Chadwick. Subs: Murphy, Meynell, Rule

Booked: Roberts, Blundell, Ellams, Lynch, Ryan, Ashton

Scorer: Chadwick (77)

Tamworth: Alcock, Lyttle, Smith, Briscoe, Blackwood, Lake-Gaskin, Tait, Shaw, Sheridan, Wright, Rodman (Benjamin 26). Subs: Hurren, Nicholson, Mills, Bruce

Scorers: Tait (37), Smith (58)

Booked: Sheridan, Benjamin, Briscoe

Referee: Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire)

Attendance: 1,199

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