Chester vs AFC Fylde: The Preview

    CHESTER FC v AFC Fylde
    Swansway Chester Stadium
    Tuesday, August 8th
    Kick Off: 19:45

    A few days later than planned, Chester can finally get their season underway at home to AFC Fylde at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

    The Blues would have been hoping to go in to this fixture with points on the board having been scheduled to face Solihull Moors in what should have been their opening fixture of the 2017/18 Vanarama National League campaign – only for that fixture to be postponed the day before due to safety concerns.

    The Blues pre-season was brought to a close with a 1-1 draw against League Two side Port Vale on the 29th July.  Chester fell behind when Rekeil Pyke opened the scoring for the visitors before an impressive effort from Nyal Bell earned a draw.

    Chester have looked to strengthen their squad over the summer by bringing in a plethora of first team players including fan favourite Ross Hannah, the new club captain John McCombe and – a man who scored against the Blues twice last season – Harry White.

    Fylde got their season underway on Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood. The Coasters were promoted to the National League last season after topping the National League North last term.

    Kick off at the Swansway Stadium on Tuesday night is 7.45pm.

    Referee: Daniel Middleton
    Assistant Referees: Simon Brown, Andrew Dallison
    Fourth Official: Daniel Hitchell.

    Match Preview by Danny Garbett.

    Here’s some Chester FC vs AFC Fylde stats ahead of tonight’s game – courtesy of our Club Historian, Chas Sumner

    1. This will be Fylde’s second league visit to the Swansway Chester Stadium.

    2. In January 2011 the sides shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Michael Wilde and future Fylde player, Bradley Barnes, scored for the Blues

    3. Fylde midfielder Andy Bond was Steve Burr’s first Chester FC signing back in 2014.

    4. Fylde’s Matthew Blinkhorn featured for Chester as a trialist against Fleetwood in August 2012.

    5. Since 2010, the Blues have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 2 of their first home games of the season.

    Match Details

    Kick off at the Swansway Chester Stadium is 7.45pm. Ticket prices can be found here

    There will be food served in the Blues Bar – which is free to enter for both sets of fans. Chicken Madras, Pilau Rice and Naan Bread which costs £4.50 per serving will be available.

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    Come on you Blues!