POLICE have confirmed they are investigating following pitch invasions at Chester FC's home game against Chorley on Good Friday (April 7).

The football match at the Deva Stadium, played in front of a bumper crowd of 3,487, was marred by two incidents where on each occasion, a spectator ran on to the pitch.

One of the incidents saw a man run the length of the pitch before exiting via the other side, while the other incident saw a man carrying alcohol on to the pitch, before picking up and throwing a pyrotechnic into the direction of Chorley fans, before he left the pitch.

The pyrotechnic was one of several that had been thrown on to the pitch by Chorley spectators during the match.

The actions were condemned in a club statement by Chester FC following the match, which ended 0-0.

The statement read: "Chester Football Club condemns those responsible for the dangerous actions that marred the end of our game with Chorley on Good Friday.

"We are extremely disappointed that, on an afternoon when a crowd of more than 3,400 enjoyed a family friendly atmosphere pre-match, we are instead forced to focus on handful of mindless individuals, whose behaviour has resulted in one supporter requiring emergency medical treatment and a steward being assaulted.

"The club is now reviewing CCTV footage and work with the police to ensure these individuals are identified and dealt with in the strongest possible terms, including bringing criminal prosecution.

"These actions do not represent Chester Football Club and those involved are no longer welcome at the Deva Stadium."

Now Cheshire Police, in a statement, have said: "Officers are investigating a pitch incursion at Deva Stadium during Chester FC’s clash with Chorley FC on Friday 7 April.

"No arrests have been made at this stage.

"Enquiries are ongoing and officers are working to identify those responsible."

Pitch invaders in the past have been prosecuted, with the CPS applying for a Football Banning Order (FBO).

An FBO means the person convicted cannot attend any football fixture for a set period of time, and would be prohibited from being in Chester city centre four hours before or after any Chester FC home game, or the respective town/city centre before/after Chester FC's away fixtures.

The FBO may also require the person convicted to surrender their passport for any England international fixtures.

Chester FC are next in action on Saturday, April 15, when they play Farsley Celtic. The Blues have already confirmed their place in the play-offs and are almost guaranteed to finish third in the National League North, but still have a mathematical chance of the title with three games to go.