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> Chester FC V Gloucester City MATCH THREAD #15 - Vanarama National Leag
Chester FC V Gloucester City MATCH THREAD #15 - Vanarama National Leag
What Will The Outcome Be?
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Rio Doherty
post Aug 16 2019, 09:59 PM
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We are back on home turf tomorrow as we will entertain Gloucester City at home where we look to go 90 minutes without conceding an own goal. With Gloucester getting off to an impressive start I expect another difficult match, but despite that this is one we must be winning. We need to start turning these draws into wins as although it’s great to still be unbeaten, we need to cut out our silly habit of scoring own goals.

On Tuesday we came away from Kettering Town with a 1-1 draw as an Akwasi Asante penalty salvaged another late point. The first half was an even affair as there wasn’t a great deal in it, but admittedly we were second best in the second period. Kettering had a few dangerous spells, but we improved in the last 10 minutes to force a draw.

Gloucester City will be making the trip from Gloucestershire with a lot of momentum. A lot of people have tipped them to struggle, but they are sitting in the play-off places at this early stage following a 1-0 win away at Blyth Spartans, an impressive 1-1 draw against Altrincham, and on Tuesday they came from 2 goals down to beat struggling Kidderminster Harriers 3-2. Our opponents were playing National League South football last campaign, but during the Summer they were forced to switch across to the National League North due to them being the most Northerly club in that league. Gloucester have been ‘homeless’ for the past 12 years as back in 2007 there were two huge floods at their Meadow Park home which left the stadium submerged in water. They obviously couldn’t return to the stadium as it was shut down, so from 2007-2008 they groundshared with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn. Meanwhile, from 2008-2010 Gloucester moved to the Corinium Stadium, home of Cirencester Town, whilst from 2010-2017 they moved to Whaddon Road to groundshare with Cheltenham Town. Finally, from 2017 onwards Gloucester have groundshared with Evesham United at the Jubilee Stadium. Plans for a brand new stadium at the site of their former Meadow Park home have been submitted, and Gloucester hope to move to their new ground during this season.

Tomorrow’s match has been dubbed as ‘Retro Day’ so hopefully we will manage to mark this occasion with another win, as we beat Darlington 3-1 last time. It’s obvious that Gloucester are up there for a reason so we must get into them from the off to record another home win. Come On You Blues!

Score: Chester FC (Gary Roberts, Waring) 2-0 Gloucester City

Attendance: 1,758 (84 Gloucester City)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson G.Roberts Stopforth
Dudley Asante Waring

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Aug 16 2019, 10:01 PM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/fpHJqgbjnCI
Includes our previous encounters with Gloucester, their key player to look out for, plus much more.


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post Aug 17 2019, 06:07 PM
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We produced a faultless display to put out a real statement. In every department we were clinical as we made a Gloucester side (who had won 9 of their last 10 away games) look very poor. Aside from that we kept our first clean sheet which I’m sure will give Russ Griffiths a confidence boost, as he put in a strong performance today. This result adds to our very impressive start as we are still yet to concede a goal from open play, whilst this preserves our unbeaten start.

Our first half display was very dominant as we won plenty of headers and passed the ball around nicely. We got off to an absolute flier as we found the net TWICE in the first 5 minutes which had connotations of the 8-2 Aldershot Town game. Danny Livesey opened the scoring just a minute into the game with a fluke goal, which was very similar to Joel Taylor’s miss against Farsley Celtic. He hoofed the ball downfield from the halfway line, and as a result the wind helped it loop over Zack Jeacock into the back of the net. Just a few moments later we doubled our advantage as Matty Hughes played the ball into George Waring who cooly slotted home into the bottom right hand corner. Our blistering start gave us plenty of momentum as we continued to dominate this contest, whilst Gloucester looked very deflated. Our defence and midfield won plenty of balls and headers, and we stretched the visitors out by using the width to great effect. Our opponents went very close to getting a foot back into the game as Fabien Robert poked an attempt against the crossbar. Matty Hughes was very close to finding a third as a curled effort on the edge of the box went just inches wide of the post. Zack Kotwica tested Russ Griffiths just before the break as he got down low to make an easy save. We were by far the better side in this half as we went into the break with a very healthy advantage.

The second half was a little bit more cagey, but we still continued where we left off as we dominated once more. Brad Jackson and Joel Taylor were excellent going forward again as they got the better of a tired Gloucester side to start off a number of attacks. Brad Jackson put daylight between us and Gloucester as he scored in front of the Harry Mac for the second week running. Initially Matty Hughes’ attempt was parried out by Jeacock, but Jacko was on hand to angle the rebound into the far corner. Hughes went close once again as an effort from range forced Jeacock to tip it round the post for a corner, with Simon Grand heading over from it. Russ Griffiths was involved once again as he palmed a powerful Joe Hanks shot over. Gloucester had a couple of spells down both sides which produced zilch as any chances they had were blazed over to top off a frustrating day for them. We continued to hunt down a fourth, and we duly did as Danny Elliott was brought down for a penalty. Akwasi Asante dispatched home his second spot kick in a matter of days to confirm an emphatic result. We saw the game out to secure a brilliant victory.

Nobody put in a bad display today as everyone contributed to today’s win. My man of the match goes to Matty Hughes who played as if he didn’t have that lengthy injury. He started off really well last season, and he continued where he left off today as he got into a lot of dangerous positions to cause Gloucester’s defence all kinds of problems. I’m gutted he couldn’t get on the scoresheet, but at least he managed to assist Waring’s goal whilst he played a big part in our third. Jonno said in his interview that he will be signing on, and on the basis of today it really is a no-brainer. Brad Jackson continued his impressive start by putting in another superb shift today. His pace caused Gloucester nightmares, and he netted another goal in front of the Harry Mac today. Not many people have mentioned Gary Stopforth who put in his best display of the season in my opinion. He covered loads of ground in the centre of the park and stole the ball from Gloucester on a lot of occasions. Russ Griffiths was solid between the sticks as he made a couple of good saves, and he kept his first clean sheet which will give him confidence. George Waring was effective up front once again as he held up the ball really well, backed away from the opposition with effect, and topped it off with his third goal of the campaign.

This result will give us a lot of motivation as we will end the month with 3 tough tests, albeit slightly easier than first anticipated. Kidderminster Harriers have had a very rocky start, Hereford FC are managerless, and Spennymoor Town currently sit in the relegation zone. I am sure these sides will be a lot higher when it comes to the business end of the season, but in my opinion we are playing these teams just at the right time. Next up is Kidderminster so hopefully we can take a strong following to secure our first away win of the season at a place we never do well at. Brilliant result today blue boys. Let’s keep it up and show this league what we are all about.


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post Aug 18 2019, 08:22 AM
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My match vlog:
https://youtu.be/oQms_9SkFQE
Really hope you enjoy.


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