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> Chester FC XI V Bangor 1876 - MATCH THREAD #7 - Pre-Season Friendly -
Chester FC XI V Bangor 1876 - MATCH THREAD #7 - Pre-Season Friendly -
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Rio Doherty
post Jul 24 2019, 09:25 AM
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We begin a busy schedule of 3 matches in less than 48 hours tomorrow night as a Chester FC XI will play Bangor 1876 at home in our final home pre-season friendly, where we look to record our first home win of pre-season. Last night we romped to a 4-1 victory away at 1874 Northwich which saw us lift our first piece of silverware since we did the double back in 2013. We got off to a slow start, but in the end we managed to put in a strong second half display to come home with a resounding victory.

With this only being an XI match we may not field our strongest side, especially with trips to Rylands and Trafford to follow in the coming days. This is a home match though so there still should be a decent amount of first team players out there, especially Akwasi Asante who will be looking to complete another 45 minutes unscathed.

Bangor 1876 will be making the journey from Gwynedd ahead of their first season under their new guise. This will only be their second fixture as a supporter-owned club as on Saturday they lost 12-1 away at FC United Of Manchester. It wasn’t about the result though as it was just refreshing for their supporters to watch their new club play for the first time without any boardroom issues to worry about. Bangor’s situation is very much similar to the Northwich situation. The bloke who destroyed us almost a decade ago (not sure what his name is) took over Bangor City back in 2016, and ever since then it has just been disaster after disaster after disaster. VSM have completely ruined one of the top clubs in Wales which has obviously caused huge disgruntlement amongst their supporters. With Bangor City being at risk of liquidation, their supporters decided to set-up a new supporter-run club. Just a couple of months ago Bangor 1876 were founded, and will compete in the Gwynedd League this season (step 5). Strangely enough though, Bangor City are still going and will compete in the Cymru Alliance (step 2) this season, but they are likely to have no fans as everybody has jumped ship to 1876. I feel for Bangor’s supporters, but at least they will have a club to support this season without getting stressed about what is going on behind the scenes.

You would expect us to record an emphatic victory tomorrow night because if FC United can, surely we can too. It isn’t really about the result though, as this match is all about getting together to show the power or supporter-owned clubs. Hopefully both sets of supporters can get a few anti-Vaughan chants going too which should make for a nice atmosphere 😏😂. Up The Seals!

Score: Chester FC XI (Dudley, Hughes, Elliott X2, Livesey) 5-0 Bangor 1876
Attendance: 655 (136 Bangor 1876)

My predicted lineup:
T.Roberts
Thomson Livesey Jones Waters
Hayes Noble Mahon
Murray
Asante Elliott

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jul 25 2019, 08:53 PM
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A good workout from our point of view this evening. Bangor were actually better than I first anticipated as they were a tough physical side who had a few big lads in their side. Our combination of youth and seasoned pros worked really well though as we deserved the victory over the course of the 90 minutes.

The first period was rather even as both sides had their fair share of the ball. After just 3 minutes we broke the deadlock as a cross/shot from Matty Waters managed to go in off the post which was a brilliant start for us. The visitors’ first chance of the contest came just moments later as Les Hughes dragged his shot wide from a decent position. We were settled when in possession, but just couldn’t find that killer ball as Bangor were well-organised in the middle and broke up the play well. Bangor equalised halfway through the period as a shot from Hughes found the bottom corner. Perhaps Russ Griffiths could have been a bit quicker to get down, but credit to Bangor for scoring only their second goal in their history. We managed to re-take the lead just a few minutes later though as Matty Hughes netted what proved to be the winner. He controlled the ball with his back facing away from goal, turned around then fired it onto the post before rebounding off the Bangor ‘keeper’s backside. Iwan Murray had a golden chance for us to extend our lead even more, but he fired over from a few yards out. We went into the break on the back of a decent first half.

In my opinion we were better in the second period, despite us not finding the net. There were more youth players involved in the second half, who all played some nice football. In the early stages we actually hit the woodwork twice in a matter of moments - similar to what happened at Colne last week. Firstly, Akwasi Asante lashed the ball against the post from a few yards out, before Matty Waters angled a shot against the crossbar from the edge of the area. As I said above Bangor had a few tough lads on that pitch, but our younger players coped really well against them as they moved the ball around really well. In the dying embers of this clash Matty Waters had two chances, but unfortunately Bangor’s custodian smothered them both well. Despite us not finding the net in this period, we held on well to claim a deserved victory.

My man of the match for this evening goes to Matty Hughes who put in a great display on his first home outing since Hereford FC 9 months ago. He offered us a lot of width on the left hand side, and when he had the ball he dribbled with it really well. Hughes topped off an impressive display by smashing the ball in off the post to earn a deserved goal. Also, the other Matty (and goalscorer), Waters, impressed me this evening. He was tough in the tackle and played some brilliant balls forwards. Just like Hughes, Waters topped off a fine outing by finding the net. Iwan Murray had another good display for us as his pace got the better of a few of Bangor’s slow lads. Unfortunately though, he was on the receiving end of a strong challenge in the second half which forced him to hobble off. The likes of Will Goodwin and Danny Edwards played some nice football when they came on in the second half, and look like decent prospects.

We put in a decent display tonight which has set us up well ahead of tomorrow and Saturday. I expect us to field a similar side at Rylands tomorrow as the combination of youth and experience worked well this evening. Bern and Jonno couldn’t attend as they held a training session, but they should be there tomorrow as we won’t be training. Looking forward to seeing how we fare at Rylands and Trafford.


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post Jul 27 2019, 09:34 AM
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My match vlog:
https://youtu.be/p8rCswUNrZg
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