CHESTER CITY were busy in the transfer market yesterday, completing the acquisition of one striker and selling another.
City sold Gregg Blundell to fellow Coca-Cola League Two club Darlington for an undisclosed five-figure fee, and signed Simon Yeo from Peterborough United.
Blundell, who was signed from Doncaster Rovers during the summer of 2005, cost City £100,000 when he joined the Deva Stadium club, but he would have been out of contract this June.
Stockport-born Yeo, 33, has enjoyed spells with Lincoln City and abroad with New Zealand Knights, he has scored two goals in 16 appearances for Peterborough this season.
Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan said following the transaction: “We wish Gregg well with his new club, and obviously we welcome Simon to Chester City.
“Basically the fee we received from Darlington has financed the deal to bring Simon Yeo to the club. He is a strong type of player, and I am sure will be an asset to Chester City.”
Chester signed the Forest Green Rovers striker Alex Meecham on Tuesday, and both players are expected to be included in the squad who travel to face Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
Injury rules Lawrence Wilson and Ashley Westwood out of the weekend squad, but defenders Paul Linwood and Dave Artell return following suspension.
Meanwhile, Andy Fleming scored the only goal as Wrexham Reserves beat Chester’s second string last night. The midfielder fired home on the hour, spinning on to a knock-down from Mike Williams seven yards out.
City had Kally Camara sent off on the stroke of half-time after he fouled Jamie Reed when he was clear on goal.
Wrexham took advantage in the second half as they pressed forward. But they had a late scare when Chester’s Wayne Morgan curled round the post on 81 minutes.
It has been announced that the former Chester manager Derek Mann has passed away. Mann, who joined the club as a physio in August 1994, and took over from Mike Pejic, in January 1995. Mr Mann was 63 years of age and had recently been working as a youth coach with AFC Telford United.