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Chester FC V Leamington - Match Thread #24 - Manarama National League
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Rio Doherty
post Sep 27 2019, 07:15 AM
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It’s back to the drawing board for us tomorrow as we entertain Leamington at home in the newly-named Manarama National League North where we look to get back to winning ways. From now up until November 9th, the Vanarama National League North has been renamed as the Manarama National League North to raise awareness for prostate cancer. After a disappointing week in the FA Cup we need to bounce back as we must be going all out for promotion now.

On Tuesday night we lost 1-0 away at Altrincham in the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round Replay which saw us exit the FA Cup at an early stage yet again. I thought our performance was much better than it was on Saturday, and thanks to an inept decision from the referee we lost out. The first half was rather even, although we got off to the worst possible start as James Jones made it 1-0 to Altrincham after just two minutes. Meanwhile, we came out of the blocks in the second half as we threw everything in our search to find an equaliser. The second period in general was an entertaining affair as it was end-to-end at times. George Waring’s goal was controversially chalked off on the 49th minute mark, and unfortunately we couldn’t find the equaliser we deserved.

Leamington will be making the trip from Warwickshire having endured an up and down season so far. They started off really well as they picked up some impressive wins against the likes of Brackley Town, AFC Telford United, and Kettering Town. Since then though Leamington’s form has tailed off as they have shipped a lot of goals in recent weeks. A 5-0 defeat at Altrincham and a 3-0 home loss against Farsley Celtic has saw them fall down the table a little. We failed to beat tomorrow’s opponents in two attempts last season, so hopefully we will record our first ever win against them tomorrow.

It is vital that we resume our excellent league form tomorrow as we have a tough October coming up. On the injury front things don’t look great for us again as Danny Livesey went off on Tuesday because of an injury, so I doubt he will feature. We will just have to field our strongest squad possible as we do have a lot of back-up options who are more than capable of doing the job. If we win and York City draw in the game of the day against King’s Lynn Town then we will go top of the league, so here’s hoping. Come On City!

Score: Chester FC (Hughes, Asante, Jackson) 3-1 Leamington (March)

Attendance: 1,975 (117 Leamington)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
Thomson Jones Grand Taylor
Jackson Burton Glendon
Dudley Asante Hughes

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 27 2019, 09:29 PM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/0_nV5bGErJY
Includes our head-to-head record against Leamington, key player to watch out for, plus loads more.


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post Sep 28 2019, 08:58 PM
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For a match that contained 6 goals and a lot of drama, it certainly didn’t feel like a thriller. Neither side deserved to win, as we weren’t at the races in the first half and had a mare defensively. Meanwhile, Leamington were an ugly side to play against as their antics of wasting time, falling to the ground, and putting in poor tackles were ridiculous. It would have been harsh for them to win, which is why Matty Waters’ inch-perfect free kick salvaged a draw as we didn’t deserve to lose. I was expecting a lot more from us today though, but we would have lost if this match was played last season.

Our first half performance was rather lethargic as we struggled to get a real foothold in the game. For the first 10 minutes we were second best as Leamington had more of the ball, and had a couple of chances that thankfully missed the target convincingly. Our first opportunity of the game went to James Jones who headed over, but just a minute later Leamington got the goal they deserved as Josh March made it 1-0 to them. It was a bad goal to concede as we failed to clear our lines from the throw-in, which resulted in March finding the net at the near post. We responded really well though as James Jones’ second chance found the net for us to make it 1-1. An inch-perfect corner found Jonah who powered a header in to ease the burden. The battling wind made for a scrappy spectacle as we still struggled to dominate, and the quality of football on offer wasn’t too inspiring. After 25 minutes Josh March had the ball in the net for Leamington, but the referee ruled it out for offside despite the linesman not raising his flag. On the 28th minute mark Akwasi Asante fired a shot straight into the hands of Leamington’s custodian, but just a minute later there was drama at the other end as the visitors were gifted a penalty. March went down to the ground, but so did James Jones and in my view we should have been awarded with a free kick as Jones was brought down first. It was a very poor call by the referee, but thankfully we received justice as March’s spot kick hit the outside of the post. Brad Jackson went close to giving us the lead as his shot went just wide, whilst George Carline missed the target at the other end. Both sides headed into the break level as nothing could separate us and Leamington in a half that contained a few talking points.

We were fractionally better in the second half as we had a nice spell towards the end which awarded us with the equaliser. Mistakes were still evident defensively though as both of Leamington’s goals were definitely preventable. Just 14 seconds in we got off to an immense start as George Glendon scored a rocket from around 25 yards to make it 2-1 to us. Our lead was short-lived, as just 3 minutes later we conceded another sloppy goal. Jack Edwards rose above our defence to power in a header to equalise for Leamington to make it 2-2. Kaiman Anderson almost put The Brakes ahead as his attempt went wide, whilst an Anthony Dudley chance didn’t cause Jake Weaver any problems. We had a nice spell afterwards as we had about three corners in quick succession, but after a goalmouth scramble Matty Hughes failed to find the net at the third attempt. Shortly after Matty Waters fired wide before the game died off a little. With about 15 minutes to go we conceded another bad goal as Russ Griffiths failed to deal with the ball, which resulted in Anderson nodding in to make it 3-2 to Leamington. Despite the setback we didn’t give up as we had two free kicks in the final stages. Firstly, Joel Taylor missed the target quite convincingly, but we were handed a reprieve as our second was excellently guided into the net by Matty Waters to make it 3-3. That was to be that as we snatched home a late equaliser to snatch a share of the spoils.

There weren’t many individual displays that caught the eye too much, but my man of the match for today goes to George Glendon who was fantastic. He lead us really well with his inch-perfect passes, and he scored an excellent goal from outside the area which made it 2-1 to us at the time. Our only other player who can emerge with credit is Brad Jackson who coped with Leamington’s left back well in the second half as he backed him off to make some decent deliveries. On the other hand, our defence had a mare as our communication levels in particular were lacking today. We should have easily cleared our lines for their first goal, whilst the other two were down to Russ Griffiths who failed to come off his line for both. This has been a recurring theme as most of the goals we have conceded in recent weeks have been simple headers that we should be dealing with. It’s just plain old basics.

For the first time this season we will have a two week break which will at least enable some of our players to come back. Kevin Roberts has now returned to training which should see him come back for King’s Lynn, and even if he doesn’t play then Jamie Morgan will be eligible to start again as he has now served his suspension. Next up is a trip to King’s Lynn Town two weeks on Saturday where we will have to return to our best. This will be our toughest match of the season so we will really have to be on our game to bring something back.


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post Sep 29 2019, 01:20 PM
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My match vlog:
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