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Preview: Chester (A)

Preview: Chester (A)

By Amar Sharma
8 November
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Reds face third placed Seals tomorrow afternoon

Alfreton Town head to third placed Chester looking to return to winning ways after recent difficult results in the league, kick off at the Deva Stadium in the National League North is 3pm.

The Reds head to the Deva off the back of a 2-0 win on Wednesday in the Derbyshire Senior Cup, which saw Alfreton return to winning ways to at least head into tomorrow's fixture with confidence. It was a routine performance and a dominant one with Amari Morgan-Smith grabbing a brace in the first half.

League form has seen a slump from us and subsequently has seen the Reds move from fourth in the National League North to ninth, with Spennymoor handing the Reds another defeat last Saturday; with a 2-0 success at the Impact.

Alfreton struggled throughout the game on Saturday to have sustained periods of pressure and control with the Moors dominant on the ball and in terms of chance creation in the contest. The Reds had their moments with Danny Clarke hitting the bar in the second half but it was a disappointing display overall with Rob Ramshaw's double with a goal in either half, wrapping up the points.

Billy Heath will be looking for his side to re-discover their league form and return to winning ways after a string of results which has seen us win just two of our last eight games in all competitions.

Chester currently sit in third place in the league table with 28 points from 16 games. They are seven places and six points above us.

Their current playing record stands at: P16, W7, D7, L2.

The Seals head into tomorrow's game win-less in their last seven games in all competitions, with five of these being draws. Chester have drawn four of their last five league games.

The hosts are the highest scorers in the league with 32 and have only lost twice in the league thus far. Home form has seen Chester only lose once this season, which was their last home outing (York 0-1).

After winning four home games in a row, Chester haven't won their last three home fixtures in all competitions, so they will be looking to return to winning ways themselves both at home and in the league.

b]Ground Address:[/b]
Swansway Chester Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT.

(Standing) Harry McNally Terrace:
Adult - £12, Concessions* - £10, 18-21 - £8, 5-17 - £3, Under 5s - FREE

*Senior citizens / Student card holders / Unemployed with proof of unemployment / Armed Forces

(Seating) Swansway Chester (East) Stand and Swettenham Chemists Community (West) Stand:
Adult - £15, Concessions*- £12, 18-21 - £10, 5-17 - £3, Under 5s - FREE

*Senior citizens / Student card holders / Unemployed with proof of unemployment / Armed Forces

Please note supporters aged 5-17 and 18-21 should pay on turnstiles as normal, however are requested to have proof of identity or age if asked by the turnstiles operator.

Disabled supporters’ carers will be admitted free of charge.

Information for travelling Reds:
Blues Bar: The bar is situated on the front of the Main Stand and can only be accessed from the outside of the ground. Please check with Chester for confirmation on whether Reds fans are admitted to the bar, as this can change depending on the fixture.

Throughout the season, the Blues Bar will have food available to buy – with Pies at £3 and Sandwiches at £2.50.

Also hot food will be served courtesy of Dougherty & Allen.

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

Disabled supporters: We have 40 pitch-side viewing spaces for wheelchair users and their carers at the Deva Stadium for both home and away supporters.

Remembrance Service:
With the game being Chester's nearest fixture to Remembrace Sunday, they will be paying tribute pre-match – with soldiers from the Mercian Regiment in attendance.

Form (Last five):
Reds - LWLLW
Chester - DDDLD

Last Meeting:
Saturday 27th April 2019: ATFC 2-2 Chester
Our last meeting with the Seals came on the final day of the 2018/19 season as we played out a 2-2 draw. Asante struck to give the visitors the lead before Tom Allan was sent off in the second half. Josh Wilde grabbed an equaliser before Waring restored the lead three minutes later. However Wilde secured a point nine minutes from time.

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