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Chorley V Chester FC - Match Thread #17 - Vanarama National League Nor
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Rio Doherty
post Sep 10 2021, 01:16 PM
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Our first of two consecutive trips on the road takes place as we make the venture to Lancashire to take on Chorley away tomorrow where we look to secure our first away win of the season. Feeling much more reassured about our chances of getting a result tomorrow given we finally got that monkey off our back, with our thrilling last gasp win over Alfreton Town last weekend. It was crucial we got that first victory sooner rather than later, so as a result of that hopefully we will head into this encounter with more confidence amongst our camp, because had we not won last week I couldn’t bear to imagine how the mood would be. Victory Park is always a tough place to go to, and we will have to be all the more wary given Chorley annihilated Gloucester City 9-0 last weekend, however this current Chorley outfit is nothing too special compared to the side who got promoted a few seasons ago. Therefore, I believe we don’t have anything to fear about so it’s important we go all out for the win, because if we do secure our first away success then we really will be well on our way to the play-off spots.

Our last match was on Saturday where we won 3-2 at home against Alfreton Town in what was a pulsating final twenty minutes. The first half was really quiet considering our presence near the penalty box was limited up until we scored before half time. Twenty minutes in Josh Clackstone was a whisker away from making it 0-1 to Alfreton Town, as his curler skimmed the top of the crossbar. Bang on the half hour mark we managed to capitalise on that missed opportunity for the away side, as James Hardy poked into the far corner to make it 1-0 to us. Not much action ensued after that, thus we headed into the interval with our noses slightly in front. Meanwhile, the second period was much more eventful given four goals were scored in the final twenty minutes, as well as a red card. Into the final twenty minutes Danny Livesey got sent off for us, and although I thought it was the correct decision it luckily got overturned yesterday. With ten minutes to go Matt Rhead struck in an unstoppable strike for Alfreton Town to make it 1-1. However, we retook the lead only a minute later as Declan Weeks curled home a beauty to make it 2-1 to us. With only two minutes of normal time left Matt Rhead came back to haunt us for Alfreton Town to make it 2-2, as his header looped all the way in. Another twist was to follow though, as Dan Cowan headed home in injury time to make it 3-2 to us; sparking absolute pandemonium. An immense way to end a heart stopping finale, but on the whole we did deserve the three points over the opposition.

Chorley have made an inconsistent beginning to the new campaign, as the Lancashire side currently find themselves sat outside the play-off places with two wins and two defeats thus far. Even though last campaign was halted early due to Covid-19, The Magpies occupied the final play-off spot in their attempt to launch an immediate return back to the Vanarama National League. Our opponents were also one of only two teams to beat us at the Deva, with Gateshead being the other, so they certainly had something about them. We will also be up against one former Seal at Victory Park tomorrow afternoon, who is Andy Halls. Left back Andy joined us from Macclesfield Town in May 2017 where, after a really poor start, I thought he was one of our better performers in the second half of that torrid season. Andy was released from us in June 2018, while in June of last year he signed for Chorley from Curzon Ashton, which is where he has been at ever since. Although Halls deserved a lot of respect for agreeing to waiver his contract for us, I haven’t got any time for him now given he was mocking us the other week and has also said some unsavoury things about us in the past.

I was hoping for an away following of 400+ tomorrow, however due to the ridiculous all-ticket arrangements that were only decided just days before the encounter, I will be surprised if we surpass that figure. Hopefully though we can still take a decent-ish following as our lads deserve our full support throughout the whole game, because if we do manage to win tomorrow then that will put out a statement to the rest of our league. I purchased my ticket an hour ago, so I can’t wait to travel up there now as it should be a good away day out. Up The Seals!


𝙎𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚 - Chorley 0-1 Chester FC (Glendon)


𝘼𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 - 1,657 (380 Chester FC)


𝙈𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙪𝙥:
Gray
Roberts Livesey Williams Askew
Hardy Weeks Glendon Johnston
Dudley Waring


𝙏𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙨 - tickets for this clash are available online to both sets of supporters, and you can purchase yours by clicking on the link below. This match is an all-ticket affair so make sure you buy yours by 23:00 tonight, otherwise you will be unable to gain entry tomorrow 👇:
chorleyfc.ktckts.com/event/cho2122hlg04/chorley-v-chester


𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡 - away travel courtesy of the Hipkiss Express is available, and you can travel to Chorley tomorrow for just £13.00. Coaches depart the Deva Stadium at 11:30 with payment by cash only, and to book your seat you must call 01244 371376 by 16:00 today.


𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙨 - The Magpie Review matchday programme is available to read for free on Chorley’s website from 12:00 tomorrow. Also, you can order a printed version for £2.50 online by clicking on the link below 👇:
www.matchdaycreative.co.uk/collections/chorley-fc


COYS!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 12 2021, 11:23 AM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/0mycINqaSc4
Packed with everything regarding yesterday’s encounter, including....
🏟 A stadium guide of Victory Park.
🎥 The goals from last Saturday’s thriller against Alfreton Town.
🔥 A key player for Chorley.
📽 Plus loads more!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 16 2021, 10:42 PM
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Sorry it’s took me a few days to write my report as I’ve just got over from a very heavy cold (as if I haven’t been punished enough by watching that tripe on the pitch 😏), but here goes anyway!

Depressing watch once again on Saturday. A gutless, spineless, and inept performance as we couldn’t even get the simple basics right which really worries me. We have two defenders with a combined football career of about 40 years and the fact they, alongside our other defenders and goalkeeper didn’t know how to stop crosses, win headers, catch crosses, or man-mark the opposition is really alarming. From our managers down to our players, they all have to take responsibility for that horror show because on the management side, our team selection and tactics were baffling. How we started with probably our worst attacker in Darren Stephenson on his own up front is flabbergasting, when we had some great attacking options such as Anthony Dudley, James Hardy, and George Waring on the bench. The match was lost when that line-up came out in my opinion, because we got what we deserved for setting up defensively right from the start. Our players need to have a long hard look at themselves too because there was no fight, ambition, or determination on that pitch at all, which is the bare minimum of any team. It was as if we picked 11 random strangers out of a lucky dip because our lack of awareness, communication, and leadership made it seem like our players had never played with each other before. Chorley fully deserved the win on Saturday as they were a constant threat from set pieces, they were dominant for the whole match, while even when they were cruising at 4-1 they still wanted to push on even more, which is something that is lacking in our side.

Our first half performance was absolutely diabolical. It was men against boys as our defending was Sunday League-esque given we didn’t know how stop stop crosses or stay with our men. The 3-1 scoreline at half time flattered us because it could’ve been a whole lot more worse due to Chorley continuously pressuring us in our half. We had a couple of decent chances at the other end, but you could tell with how we performed that our players just put in a half-hearted shift, because we again just lumped the ball up rather than attempting to play some football on a decent pitch. Chorley’s first chance of the game came amidst a goalmouth scramble as Harry Cardwell headed just wide, while at the other end we went just as close with Declan Weeks blasting into the side netting. Just one minute later Harry Cardwell managed to make it 1-0 to Chorley this time, as he simply headed in at the far post with our defence failing to deal with both the cross and Cardwell himself. Darren Stephenson did well to find Josh Askew who launched an effort wide, before a Matty Williams header forced a simple save out of Chorley’s Matthew Urwin. Halfway through the half things got even worse for us with Ollie Shenton making it 2-0 to Chorley, as he easily stabbed in from a cross with our defence in sixes and sevens. Then, a Harry Cardwell header was a whisker away from making it three for the hosts, rightly producing a mini-meltdown amongst our away contingent. Eventually though, Harry Cardwell managed to secure his brace to make it 3-0 to Chorley, as following a great initial save from Louis Gray he pounced on the loose ball. With half time on the horizon a deft Williams shot went well wide from a wonderful Declan Weeks free kick. We did find a glimmer of hope before the interval though, as Dan Cowan headed home a cross at the back post for us to make it 3-1. In all honesty that goal flattered us, because we deserved to be on the end of a larger margin at half time, but that said at least it gave us something to shout about.

We were unable to mount a comeback however, because our showing in the second period was not an improvement on our first half shocker. Our sluggish habits continued given we still lumped the ball downfield, while Chorley were a yard quicker than us as in defence we really struggled. Only six minutes into the half things went from bad to worse for us, as Scott Leather bundled in from a corner to make it 4-1 to Chorley, thus making it game over. With the hour mark within sight Declan Weeks blazed well over from long range, while Chorley’s Connor Hall blasted over as well. Anthony Dudley almost found a consolation by smashing wide having done well to turn beforehand, while a James Hardy attempt was deflected behind for a corner by a Chorley body. Only one minute later our disastrous afternoon became even worse as George Glendon got sent off for us due to receiving his second booking of the game, therefore that will be a big blow for us in our next league game. Chorley almost made it five as Jacob Blyth hammered against the post, with Millenic Alli firing the rebound wide when it was easier for him to score. Meanwhile, Dan Cowan headed wide from a corner before a Declan Weeks volley from far out was caught by Matthew Urwin in The Magpies’ goal. Thankfully the encounter didn’t go on for any longer, as we were put out of our misery from an abject showing.

A shocking performance again from us with nearly all of our players performing nowhere near to their standards. In my opinion Dan Cowan is the only one who can emerge with any kind of credit, therefore he will be my man of the match. To be fair to Dan he netted his second header in the space of a week, so if our managers have plans of playing one up top against Darlington then they may as well stick him up there 🙂, as he is far more effective than the useless Darren Stephenson. The rest of our side though were woeful, including Stephenson who was really ineffective on his own up front, and how he played the full 90 is absolutely beyond me. Simon Grand was bad again, and you can definitely tell this is a season too far for him considering he was really struggling to chase loose balls, Chorley’s forwards beat him to every ball, while his distribution was very poor. As much as Grand was hard to watch, our managers need to be held to account as to why they placed Grandy out at left back rather than our only recognisable left back in Josh Askew, who is much more youthful and quicker. In midfield Luke Clark, Declan Weeks, and George Glendon never got into the game at all, with the latter two particularly disappointing because given they are generally two of our best players, they have been nowhere near their usual selves this season so they have to get a grip pronto. Obviously Gleno will have to miss our next league game now due to his red card, so let’s hope he will use this suspension wisely in order to learn from his lessons and to get his season kick-started.

Following the highs of our last gasp win against Alfreton Town in our outing prior to Saturday, it is a huge kick in the teeth to have that optimism sucked out of us again with us taking two steps back following the then significant step forward. I feel so sorry for our supporters who had to endure that on Saturday, because I see the same faces every week and it’s saddening that we are treated with dirge like Chorley, Kidderminster Harriers, and Curzon Ashton. That is three shockers in our opening six league games (equivalent to half), which is completely unacceptable so our squad need a major kick up the backside, otherwise some will be thrown out of the door. As for the lively debate about Bern and Jonno, I am still right behind them because I personally like to give it until we’ve played ten games until I make a full judgement, so I think it would be harsh if they were shown the door this early on. However, if we are still in a similar position after ten games, if we cannot record at least seven points against Blyth Spartans, Kettering Town, and Guiseley (which are very winnable matches), while if we are knocked out of the FA Cup then major decisions will have to be made. It is very interesting to note that there has been a deathly silence by the duo on social media so I hope all is okay with them, but what is more important is that we progress in the FA Cup on Saturday. Our next match is on Saturday as we play Darlington away in the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round where it’s vital we kick-start our season. I would take a replay at the Deva all day long, but it’s crucial we do not lose as it’s important we go on a long-awaited cup run to give our club the lift it duly needs.


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