Chester FC vs AFC Fylde

Tuesday 8th August, 2017, k/o 7:45pm

Swansway Chester Stadium

Vanarama National League

AFC Fylde make their first away trip in the National League tomorrow evening to take on Chester.

The Coasters kicked off life in the top tier of non-league football with an opening day draw against Boreham Wood.

A spectacular own-goal from Boreham Wood’s Danny Woodards put Fylde ahead after just 16 minutes however headers from Ricky Shakes and Kane Smith either side of half-time turned the game on its head. 

The introduction of debutants Jonny Smith and Henry Jones breathed new life into the contest and the two combined to bring the hosts level.

Jones skipped past his man in the middle of the park before threading an exquisite ball through to Smith, who took the ball wide before smashing a sublime strike across goal and into the far corner of the net.

The result sees the Coasters sit in seventh place in the table after just one game. Click here for the full National League standings.

Seven new faces made their first competitive appearances for the club. Former Kidderminster trio Josh Ezewele, Jordan Tunnicliffe and Zaine-Francis Angol lined up along the back, Lewis Montrose started in the middle whilst Jack Muldoon played on the right of a front three. Jones and Smith both made their bow from the bench.

Manager Dave Challinor has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow evening’s trip to the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Chester have enjoyed an extended break after their opening game at Solihull Moors was postponed due to safety requirements at the stadium.

The Blues narrowly avoided relegation by two points last season, finishing in 19th place in the National League table.

Chester, managed by Jon McCarthy, have had a busy pre-season having faced eight warm-up matches. They recorded four victories, two draws and two defeats, completing their schedule with a 1-1 draw against Port Vale.

Fixtures (August 8th):
Aldershot Town vs Torquay United
Barrow vs FC Halifax Town
Boreham Wood vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Chester vs AFC Fylde
Dover Athletic vs Bromley
Eastleigh vs Sutton United
Ebbsfleet United vs Maidstone United
Gateshead vs Guiseley
Leyton Orient vs Solihull Moors
Macclesfield Town vs Hartlepool United
Maidenhead United vs Wrexham
Tranmere Rovers vs Woking

Adults £18
Concession £12 (Senior Citizens / Students / Unemployed / Armed Forces)
Under 21s £10
16/17 Year Olds £5
5-15 Year Olds £3
Under 5s FREE

Adults £15
Concession £10 (Senior Citizens / Students / Unemployed)
Under 21s £10
16-17 Year Olds £5
5-15 Year Olds £3
Under 5s FREE

Swansway Chester Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT.

Stay on the M56 motorway and follow the signs for North Wales and Queensferry A494. Stay on this road until you see the exit sign for Flint/Chester A548, exit here, and then follow the sign for Chester A548. Stay on this road heading towards Chester, after passing the Vauxhall Dealership on the left hand side, turn right at the next set of traffic lights, into Sovereign Way. Continue until you see the Stadium on the right hand side.

There is a large car park at the ground, with a nominal charge of £2 for entry.