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> 1874 Northwich V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #6 - Pre-Season Friendly -
1874 Northwich V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #6 - Pre-Season Friendly -
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Rio Doherty
post Jul 22 2019, 06:43 AM
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We contest for our first piece of silverware tomorrow night where we travel to Eastern Cheshire to take on 1874 Northwich in the Supporters Direct Shield Final. It has been 6 years since we last won a trophy so it would be nice to win this match, as it would boost our confidence. Also, hopefully this won’t be the only piece of silverware we will be lifting this campaign 😏.

On Saturday we picked up a forgettable 2-1 defeat away at Colne. It wasn’t a bad performance by us, but admittedly we lost out against the better side. It is only a week until the new season starts so hopefully we can find a solution for our lack of creativity and cutting edge.

1874 Northwich were formed back in 2012 and currently play in the North West Counties League Premier Division. Funnily enough, the Northwich situation is very similar to what is going on at Bangor right now. Owner Jim Rushe virtually destroyed Northwich Victoria, and failed the FA’s ‘fit and proper test’ back in 2012. Due to the problems at Northwich Vics, their supporters decided to set up a new fan-owned club called 1874 Northwich, despite Northwich Vics still operating. In the end Northwich Vics didn’t liquidate, and to this day there are now two clubs in Northwich (excluding Witton Albion), just like there are two clubs in Bangor. Both Northwich Vics and 1874 Northwich play in the same league which is a rather awkward situation. On the positive side though, at least there is still football to support in Northwich.

With the added incentive of silverware hopefully we will put in a good display as it’s always nice to win a trophy. Hopefully this will just be a practice for the upcoming season in our quest for promotion. I expect a competitive game where our quality will play to our advantage. Come On You Blues!

Score: 1874 Northwich 0-2 Chester FC (Asante, Waring)
Attendance: 178 (87 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Morgan G.Roberts Stopforth Mahon
Asante Waring

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jul 22 2019, 07:51 PM
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My match preview:
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Includes what happened last time out, ground guide, plus much more.


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Rio Doherty
post Jul 23 2019, 09:50 PM
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Whooooohhhh, the Supporters Direct Shield is coming home! We came from behind after a sloppy first half display to secure a comfortable result which has earned us our first trophy of the campaign. I definitely think that when Iwan Murray, Anthony Dudley, and Danny Elliott came on we were much better as they all provided us with options all over the place, because we were prone to hoofing the ball up in the first period.

As I said above, we were pretty inefficient in the first half as it pains me to say that we were second best. To their credit, 1874 Northwich used the possession more effectively than us, and pressed us really well. It was the hosts who had the better of the chances, as an early effort by Harry Cain (not that one) forced Russ Griffiths to palm the ball wide. Northwich kept on asking us questions, and took the lead near the 20 minute mark as Sam Hare guided the ball into the corner. Whenever we had possession of the ball though we just rushed it up instead of taking our time, hence our lack of chances. We did receive a lifeline just before the break though as Jamie Morgan was caught late by Northwich’s custodian which prompted the referee to award us a penalty. Anthony Dudley slotted home to net his second penalty in a matter of days. We headed into the interval on the back of a sloppy first half display, although we managed to end it on a high.

Choice words were said to us by our managers at the interval, who decided to keep our players on the pitch. Those words definitely worked though, as we were a completely different side in the second half. Iwan Murray, Danny Elliott, and Anthony Dudley all came on for us either side of the break, and improved us a lot in the second half. Just seconds into the half we had a chance as a shot from Elliott forced a strong save by the ‘keeper. Once again Northwich’s goalie made an impressive save as he tipped a Iwan Murray free kick over which earned us a corner. Our superior fitness levels definitely played to our advantage as we zipped the ball really well around the surface, and were a lot wiser when in possession. The floodgates well and truly opened for us as we found the net three times in the final 15 minutes to stave off any threat from Northwich. Simon Grand put us in front as an inch-perfect corner from Iwan Murray fell to the former who buried a header home. Then, Anthony Dudley settled the contest by putting us 3-1 to the good. It was an excellent team move too as Iwan Murray, Craig Mahon, and Gary Stopforth were all involved in this move, which eventually found Dudley who smashed the ball in off the post. Finally, Danny Elliott bagged our fourth in injury time by firing the ball into the bottom corner after Dudley played him through. He deserved that goal as he was really good for us in the second half as he was involved in a lot of attacks. In the end we emerged deserved winners of this trophy as we put in a dominant second half display.

My man of the match for this evening goes to Anthony Dudley who bagged a brace and saved the game for us. Since his inception late on in the first half he was involved in a lot of our moves, and duly topped it off with two well-taken finishes. He also assisted Danny Elliott’s goal at the end. Iwan Murray also changed our identity when he came on as he played really well in the middle, and was really lively on the ball. Danny Elliott was involved in a lot of our movements too, and topped it off with a deserved strike at the end.

So then, Supporters Direct Shield winners, happy days! It has been 6 years since we last lifted a piece of silverware so this should give us a confidence boost ahead of the new season. Hopefully this won’t be the only trophy we will be lifting this campaign as we will be looking to go for the National North title. We have a gruelling few days coming up though as we will be playing 3 matches in less than 48 hours from Thursday - Saturday. Our first match is on Thursday evening where we will host another supporter-owned club, Bangor 1876, so hopefully we will see a big turnout at the Deva. GET INNN 🏆🏆🔵⚪️!!!


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Rio Doherty
post Jul 24 2019, 07:51 AM
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My match vlog:
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