Chester FC won’t be lodging an appeal with the FA over Gary Roberts’ red card at East Thurrock United on Saturday.

After coming on as a second half substitute, Roberts was sent off just nine minutes into his Blues debut in the 1-0 FA Trophy second round defeat at Rookery Hill following a challenge on Rocks midfielder Max Cornhill. The 30-year-old, who had demonstrated his quality on the ball in his short spell on the pitch with a sublime defence-splitting pass from his own half to set Ross Hannah free on goal, was shown a straight red by referee David Rock in the 81st minute when attempting to win a loose ball.

The Blues have reviewed video footage of the tackle and have decided not to appeal the decision.

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