Joe makes his mark

CHESTER FC supporters were given a brief glimpse of the future at Hyde on Tuesday.

Teenage midfielder Joe Ormrod played the final 10 minutes of the Cheshire Senior Cup tie and did more than enough to suggest it will not be the last time he features for Neil Young’s first team this season.

Blues boss Young: “The 16-year-old kid came on and I thought he was excellent.

“The defence-splitting pass he made for Jamie Rainford to hit the post was quality.

“The lad has got a good future and having a player like him means I don’t need to go out and sign anybody as he has the ability to progress.”

The returning Jerome Wright also impressed off the bench, but it was playmaker Alex Brown who truly stood out.

Young said: “At this moment in time, in both our league and the Blue Square North, I don’t think there is a midfielder playing better than Alex Brown.

“It was only his second game in a month and when we get him fully fit and flying, it could be scary.”

McGinn deal sealed

MATTY McGinn has completed his permanent move to Chester FC.

The goalscoring defender put pen to paper on an 18-month deal on Tuesday after the Blues agreed a nominal fee with Southport.

McGinn has become an instant fans’ favourite at the Exacta Stadium after scoring six goals and making five others in his initial seven-game loan from the Sandgrounders.

Chester manager Neil Young said: “Matty has done really well for us and long may it continue. He’s pacy, good on the ball and he’s a big danger from set-pieces – all in all he’s a fantastic footballer.”

Although the 28-year-old was no longer part of Liam Watson’s plans, the Southport boss was sad to see McGinn go.

Watson said: “He has always been a great professional for me and I wish him well for his time at Chester.”

Reed exits Exacta

MARK Reed has left Chester FC to return to former club Buxton.

The fee the Blues received for the striker went toward bringing Matty McGinn to the club.