Match preview Vs Chester FCDate: 18-09-18Venue: Deva StadiumKick off: 19:45hrs

17-09-18 - Preview - Chester FC Vs Kidderminster Harriers

Finally, hopefully, we’ll be getting to play Chester FC thirty six days and two postponements after we were originally supposed to play them back on August 14th. Rain damage to the communications and security rooms caused the first calling off and then the rescheduled game for the 21st was again called off due to the lack of progress getting the flood damage rectified.

Ed Williams
Ed Williams
Another brace for Ed at Chester?

Now, at long last, we can get the game done and dusted.

Before the first game was due to have been played Chester would have been going into the game on the back of an 8-1 hammering at Blyth Spartans and we could have been playing a team at a low ebb. Since then they have begun to catch up with the cancelled games – there were other teams that suffered the same fate as our games – and have now got some better results in the bank. On Saturday they won 2-0 away at Boston Utd and that followed on from draws against Guiseley and FC Utd of Manchester and a 5-3 drubbing of Bradford (Park Avenue).

Following Saturdays game at Boston they have a few casualties and Scott Burton (calf), Dominic Smalley (dislocated shoulder) and goalie Grant Shelton (hamstring) all look to be in doubt for tomorrow evening. They seem to have quite a large squad to choose from so will easily cover those losses.

The only one we’ll be without is the criminally ignored Liam Truslove who joined up with Rushall Olympic for a month on Friday. How there isn’t even a place on the bench for him is a mystery to the majority of Harriers fans. We should have no other players missing and the manager Neil MacFarlane will probably go with the same side again that beat York City so convincingly on Saturday. Meaning that Ryan Johnson will have to be content with a place on the bench again in favour of Kenny Digie.

Two goals for Ed Williams and a long overdue goal for Joe Ironside won the game for us but there could easily have been more goals to celebrate such was our dominance against a miserably poor York side. We now have to produce more of the same tomorrow night at the Deva and, playing with such confidence, there’s no reason why not.

Photo © KHFC


Harriers from:

Hall, Palmer, Taylor, Horsfall, O’Connor, Digie, Vaughan, Johnson, Baxendale, Weeks, Austin, Wagner, Bradley, Chambers, Daniels, Richards, Williams, Ironside.

Chester FC from:

Shenton, King, Dominic Smalley, Thomson, Moran, Howson, Grand, Livesey, Waters, Pritchard, Mahon, Stopforth, Roberts, Jordan, Miller, Burton, Green, Mooney, Murray, Dudley, Deane Smalley, Marsh-Hughes.

Referee: Mr Michael Barlow. Bolton

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Previous games against Chester FC
Date H/A Comp: Score Goals Att: (away)
14-10-2017 H FA Cup 4th qual rd 2 – 0 Sonupè, Ironside 1896 (522)
20-02-2016 H Vanarama Premier 2 – 2 Gnahoua, White 2067 (432)
10-11-2015 A Vanarama Premier 3 – 1 Langmead 1956 (121)
24-01-2015 A Vanarama Premier 1 – 0   2111 (204)
25-08-2014 H Vanarama Premier 2 – 2 Gittings, Dunkley 2304 (397)
05-10-2013 A Skrill Premier 0 – 0   2223 (259)
24-08-2013 H Skrill Premier 3 – 1 Gowling, Johnson, Lolley 2283 (396)
Previous games as Chester City
26-12-2009 H Blue Square Premier 2 – 0 Caines, Courtney 1755 (95)
12-02-2015 H Coca Cola League 2 0 – 1   2779 (488)
26-10-2004 A Coca Cola League 2 3 – 0   2968 (320)
03-01-1976 A Welsh FA Cup 4th rd 8 – 1 Griffiths 1728