Cards travel again
2:32pm, Thu 15th Aug 2013
Chester v Woking
3pm on Saturday 17 August 2013
Both sides will be anxious to get something out of this game after disappointing starts to the season. Chester have suffered two defeats so far, whilst Garry Hillâ€™s side have just a point from their opening 0-0 draw at home to Lincoln City, having lost 2-0 at Braintree Town on Tuesday evening.
The Cardsâ€™ lack of firepower, which saw defender Joe McNerney start up front up at Braintree, hasnâ€™t been helped by the red card shown to Gez Sole on Tuesday, which rules him out for this match plus those against Welling United and Aldershot Town. Jordan Ivey-Ward, a young striker formerly with MK Dons, came on as a sub at Braintree.
Cards fans will be hoping that captain Mark Ricketts will be fit to return at Chester for what will no doubt be a testing encounter in front of some noisy home support.
Following the winding-up of the former Chester City FC in March 2010 a â€˜phoenixâ€™ club was formed, which has enjoyed phenomenal success, winning three successive promotions to start life this season in the Conference Premier. The club, managed throughout by Neil Young, amassed a record 107 points last season to lift the Conference North title.
Expectations were high for the present season, with over 1,000 season tickets sold, but the Blues have endured a difficult start so far, losing 3-0 at Barnet on the opening day and then 2-0 at home to Hereford United on Tuesday evening. Young put the reverses down to some defensive naivety. The Chester Board has also had to deal with complaints about the behaviour of some of the clubâ€™s fans at both matches.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that the clubâ€™s early results wonâ€™t prove a temporary â€˜blipâ€™ since the squad contains some very experienced and capable players, including keeper John Danby, who was with Kidderminster Harriers for five seasons; Gareth Seddon, who was a Conference winner with Fleetwood Town and played for FC Halifax Town last season; striker Jamie Reed, another Conference winner, this time with York City; midfielder Danny Harrison, with some 300 League appearances for Tranmere and Rotherham; and Jason Jarrett, another midfielder, with plenty of experience with Preston and Wigan.
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 9am. Â£24 members, Â£31 non-members. Ring (01483 772470) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your place.
Head for the M25 and then travel north by M40, M42 and M6 till J16, joining the A500 (Crewe/Nantwich), subsequently following the A51 (Chester/Wrexham), the A49 (Warrington/Chester) and the A51 again (Chester). Follow the signs for Chester City Centre. At the Bars roundabout take the first exit onto the A5268 (North Wales/Wrexham), stay in left-hand lane and continue through traffic signals and at the Grosvenor roundabout take the third exit (A5268 Motorways M53/M56 All through traffic). At Watergate junction take A548 (Queensferry) and then at traffic signals turn left onto Stendhal Road (Sealand Industrial Estate) and bear right onto Bumperâ€™s Lane.
Trains from Euston to Chester leave at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour, with the latter involving a change at Crewe. The 11.10 would get you to Chester at 13.12, while the 11.40, with the change at Crewe, would get you there at 13.46. The 12.10 pulls in at 14.12. Trains on the way back are at 55 minutes past the hour and all involve a change at Crewe. The 17.55 would get you to Euston at 20.04.
The Cards are at home to old rivals, newly-promoted Welling United on Saturday 24 August, and then on the Bank Holiday Monday (26 August, 3pm kick-off) they travel to neighbours Aldershot Town for a keenly-awaited local derby. The following Saturday (31 August) Woking are at home to Gateshead. Make sure youâ€™ve got all the dates in your diary!
Come on, you Cards!