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Chester FC V AFC Telford United - Match Thread #29 - Vanarama National
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 2 2021, 12:46 AM
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Following our first league defeat in a while we host AFC Telford United at home today where we look to record our first double of the season. It was a magnificent and well-deserved success for us down at New Bucks Head a week ago today, but we must be aware of AFC Telford United this time out as they will be hungry for revenge to prevent us from doing the double over them. Although we lost our first league match in a while on Monday, we still performed relatively well against Chorley so it’s crucial we maintain our eye-catching possession-based style this afternoon. We have a good run of games coming up with plenty of points at stake, hence it’s very important we bounce back strongly today in order to maintain our current strong position.

Our last match was on Monday as we lost 2-1 at home against Chorley in what was a full-blooded encounter. The first half contained some good passages of play from us as we created numerous chances, although early on we did show signs of complacency and sloppiness as well. Just after the midway point of the half Chorley made it 1-0, as Ollie Shenton smashed into the roof of the net following poor defending from Simon Grand. However, we were level ten minutes later as Anthony Dudley slid home for us to make it 1-1, following an excellent through ball from Danny Elliott. Chorley were given the chance to retake the lead in added time though, as Simon Grand lashed out at Connor Hall to hand our opponents a penalty. Connor Hall duly dispatched the resulting penalty to make it 2-1 to Chorley by hammering in. A crushing blow for us, although we couldn’t have too many complaints as the visitors tracked us down very well. Meanwhile, we had plenty of possession in the second period and created multiple chances again, but we just lost our heads when it really mattered. We were unable to grab a second equaliser which resulted in Chorley taking home all three points.

AFC Telford United will be making the trip from Shropshire having had a pleasant campaign thus far. The Bucks were sitting in a healthy play-off position this time last week, although thanks to our triumph against them on Saturday and their match at Kidderminster Harriers on Monday being postponed, they have since slipped all the way down to 12th. However, this league is incredibly open with just SEVEN points separating Curzon Ashton in 16th from Kidderminster in 2nd, so Telford still have plenty of time to climb back into the top seven. Two former Seals will be making a return to the Deva today, who are Russ Griffiths and Andy Bond. Goalkeeper Russ signed for us in July 2019 where he went on to have a very inconsistent campaign for us, and due to that he initially signed for AFC Telford United on loan last March. Due to last campaign being curtailed early, Telford didn’t see much of Russ so he eventually signed for The Bucks from us on a permanent basis last June, and has been there ever since. Finally, centre midfielder Andy signed for us in January 2014 where he turned out to be impressive, but he then went on to sign for Stevenage from us in June 2014. Bond moved to AFC Telford from Matlock Town last November, and has been there ever since.

Hopefully we will field a very similar side to Monday as, like I say, we still performed well despite the frustrating outcome. Josh Askew put in a decent showing on his first start, while Anthony Dudley kept up his rich vein of form with another goal so he absolutely deserves to start again. Simon Grand was disappointing with a very poor error for Chorley’s first, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is dropped for Connor Taylor who looked the part when he came on. We definitely have to be winning this one though in order to stay in the top seven, and on the basis of our recent showings I’m confident we will record a solid 2-0 win. Happy New Year fellow Seals! Up The Seals!

Score: Chester FC (Bauress, Elliott) 2-0 AFC Telford United
Attendance: 0 (0 AFC Telford United)

My predicted lineup:
Gray
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Askew
Johnston Glendon Weeks Bauress
Dudley Elliott

COYS!


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 5 2021, 04:50 PM
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Another fantastic result to hopefully kick-off a successful 2021. We were made to work hard for it in the first half as the difficult conditions limited us from playing in our usual way, but once they died down we blew a hapless visiting side apart in the second 45. Really pleased we topped off another encouraging display with a clean sheet, because that should give our defence a boost in confidence following an inconsistent spell of late. AFC Telford United actually gave us a good game in the opening half, as they played some decent stuff and presented us with some issues. However, once we were able to implement our expansive, possession-based style The Bucks just couldn’t live with us, because defensively they were terrible while they gave the ball away on a persistent basis.

The first half was a tough battle as the onslaught of snow was obviously difficult for both sides to play in, particularly given that our pitch was covered with a light dusting. Although we went on to lead at the break, I would say that AFC Telford United just about shaded it as their physical side seemed to adapt to the difficult conditions more than we did, because of course it wasn’t easy for us to play our usual possession-based football on the floor. Telford created numerous opportunities, but fortunately for us they were woeful in front of goal as they squandered a fair few chances that they should’ve easily put away. It took us just eight minutes to break the deadlock, as Josh Askew scored his first goal in a Seals shirt to make it 1-0 to us. Our midfield unlocked a depleted Telford defence with a killer through-ball, which enabled Askew to poke through Russ Griffiths’ legs when clean through on goal. I must say that former Seal Griffiths had a bit of a mare and was certainly no better than he was here, because he spilled a couple of shots in the second half, conceded a very saveable goal for our first, and his general body language looked to me as if he gave up. John Johnston went close to doubling our lead soon after, but he found the wrong side of the post by using the instep of his foot. As the snow began to lash down Telford began to pose questions, as firstly a Jordan Davies lob was pushed behind by Louis Gray, while after the half hour mark Davies lashed well over the bar when inside the penalty area. Deep into added time though we were presented with another huge chance towards our eventual success, as AFC Telford United’s Lee Vaughan was sent off for an atrocious tackle on Luke Clark. All in all it was a rather sluggish first half, but a numerical advantage and a first goal from Josh Askew was enough for us to have our noses in front at the interval.

Meanwhile, the second period was much more like it from us as due to the swirling conditions dying down, we were able to get the ball on the deck and apply our impressive expansive football. We played some brilliant stuff at times to really dominate against a confidence-shot AFC Telford United outfit, because they were all at sea defensively and became non-existent in attack - resulting in an alarming lack of chances. Just four minutes in Josh Askew had an excellent chance to double his and our account, but instead of lashing into the far side much earlier a delayed shot towards the near post forced a simple save out of Russ Griffiths. That wasn’t to be an issue though, because towards the hour mark Declan Weeks made it 2-0 to us by slotting into the far corner. Twenty minutes later Anthony Dudley wrapped it up to make it 3-0 to us, as he blasted into the top corner to finish off a fabulous move. In added time Louis Gray made an impressive stop with his legs to deny Courtney Meppen-Walter from netting a consolation, thus preserving a deserved clean sheet. We saw out the game well to maintain our impressive recent run of form.

An assured three points moves us back up to third place, while we could move even higher with another win tonight providing that Kidderminster Harriers drop points in their clash with York City. Given that the league leaders Gloucester City aren’t in action this evening we also have a great chance of closing the gap on them too, so let’s hope our first double of the season over AFC Telford United will spur us on to achieve just that. Our next match is a home game against Guiseley tonight where we look to achieve back-to-back wins. Given Danny Livesey has struggled a bit of late, I’d love us to give Connor Taylor a first full start because he looked really assured and promising on Saturday. I’d also like Will Goodwin to be given a start as well because he too has been really impressive recently, and at this moment in time he deserves to lead our forward line alongside Anthony Dudley in place of an out-of-form Danny Elliott.


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post Jan 5 2021, 04:51 PM
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Match highlights:
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