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Chester FC V Dulwich Hamlet - MATCH THREAD #3 - Pre-Season Friendly -
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Rio Doherty
post Jul 11 2019, 10:22 AM
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We return to the Deva tomorrow evening as we will host Dulwich Hamlet at home on the back of our biggest win since reformation. Both sides will have to endure long journeys ahead of this one, as we will be making the 8 hour commute from Cornwall, whilst Dulwich will be making the long journey from South London.

This won’t be a straightforward match for us as Dulwich play at the same level as us, and will be no pushovers. They coped relatively well in their first season at National South level last campaign so will be looking to push on. Over the course of the week we have obviously had a mini-tour down in Cornwall, but Dulwich are having a little tour too around the North West. Tomorrow they will obviously be playing us, then on Saturday they will be up against Neil Young’s Marine.

Dulwich Hamlet will be making the journey from London ahead of their second season in the National League South. They finished in the lower half of mid table last time out on the back of a promotion from the Bostik Premier, so they will be looking to kick-on from that. Over the past couple of years Dulwich have had a few issues regarding their stadium. The Hamlet have spent the majority of their time at their Champion Hill ground, but in March of last year Meadow Residential, who bought the stadium back in 2014, forced the club to leave. Due to this Dulwich had to groundshare with Tooting And Mitcham United, but thankfully they moved back to Champion Hill in December. One thing that has surprised me is Dulwich’s attendances. Obviously Torquay United had the highest attendances last season, but Dulwich Hamlet weren’t too far off as they averaged crowds of 2,000 since their return to Champion Hill. Also, there will be a familiar face returning to the Deva tomorrow. Dom Vose had a brief spell here at the back end of the 2017-18 season, and has been at Dulwich for a year so he could be up against us tomorrow.

Out of all of our pre-season friendlies I would say that this is our most important one. With Dulwich playing at the same level as us it’s important that we put a strong performance in so that we can judge our players even more. I have had a brilliant time in Cornwall and will be travelling back tomorrow so that I can get to this match in time. Both of our matches so far have produced 18 goals, so hopefully we will witness another goal fest tomorrow. Come On You Blues!

Score: Chester FC (Dudley, Stopforth, Jackson) 3-1 Dulwich Hamlet
Attendance: 648 (37 Dulwich Hamlet)

My predicted lineup:
T.Roberts
Thomson Grand Livesey Taylor
Jackson G.Roberts Stopforth Mahon
Waring Dudley

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jul 11 2019, 09:35 PM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/Lg7e3MX3_NM
Includes all you need to know about our visitors, recent form, plus more.


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Rio Doherty
post Jul 12 2019, 10:00 PM
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Not a great display this evening by all means. We were beaten by the better side as Dulwich Hamlet actually surprised me with how good they played their football. However, they made a number of needless, dirty fouls for a so-called ‘’friendly’’. Things were never going to be easy for us considering we arrived following an 8 hour journey back from Newquay, and with so many friendlies coming up we won’t find everything straightforward.

The first half was an even affair that didn’t produce too much. Dulwich started off as the more effective though as they made some decent counter-attacks and were a quick, direct side. We had our fair share of the ball too but took our time a little and made one or two sloppy passes at times. Ex-blue Christian Smith went close for the visitors early doors as a free kick went wide. It took us a while for our first real chance, but Anthony Dudley wasn’t too far off from finding the target as a shot went across the face of goal. Not long before the break though Dulwich were millimetres from going ahead as Christian Smith had a golden chance. His header hit the crossbar before bouncing right in the middle of the goal line, which was a huge let-off for us. We headed into the break lucky to still be on level terms.

Our second half performance wasn’t too bad, although we could have done better to prevent the two goals we conceded. The visitors made it 1-0 as Danny Mills tapped in the rebound after his initial shot forced an impressive save from Russ Griffiths. Then, Mills doubled Dulwich’s advantage as he slotted the ball into the net with plenty of space around him. After that though the visitors made a number of bad challenges and became a dirty outfit. The linesman closest to us had an awful game and made a number of wrong calls. In all fairness we didn’t play too badly in the final 15 minutes as once Iwan Murray and George Waring came on, we became more ambitious going forward. The latter headed the ball wide following a cross by Danny Elliot. Not long after though we got back into the game as Dudley finished off an impressive move. Iwan Murray started off the move as he skipped past two Dulwich players before interchanging with Waring. Then, Murray played the ball through to Craig Mahon who passed it to Dudley, which made him curl a shot into the far corner. We did have some mini-spells, but unfortunately Dulwich constantly broke our play up with some poor fouls. Just before time Russ Griffiths pulled off a superb stop to deny Aristede Basselle as he got a strong hand to tip the ball over. It just wasn’t to be for us tonight, and we just have to admit that we didn’t deserve the victory.

My man of the match for tonight goes to Iwan Murray who changed things when he came on. He played a key role in our consolation goal, and made some good runs with the ball in the latter stages. Danny Elliot shown some positive signs early on although he unfortunately fluffed his lines at one stage in the first half. Trialist A (Rhys Oates) had another decent game too as he pressed Dulwich’s defence really well with his pace, and had some nice touches. Other than that only the two Garys, Stopforth and Roberts, put in decent shifts tonight. Stopforth was energetic as ever and covered a lot of ground, whilst Roberts made some nice passes.

What concerns me is that with tonight’s opposition playing at the same level as us, we weren’t as energetic as them. I take it that they are part time too so with us now being hybrid we really should have got into them more tonight. As some have said already we haven’t really planned this friendly well. I have no complaints in regards to it being played tonight (as Dulwich have another match tomorrow), but we should have travelled back from Cornwall yesterday to ease the burden a little. We didn’t put our best display in tonight so I can only hope that we can dust ourselves off over the weekend ahead of Tuesday night against Carlisle United. They will give us a game too as they are a good side.


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post Jul 13 2019, 11:44 AM
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My match vlog:
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