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> Boston United V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #11 - Vanarama National Leag
Boston United V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #11 - Vanarama National Leag
What Will The Outcome Be?
Boston United Win [ 1 ] ** [33.33%]
Chester FC Win [ 1 ] ** [33.33%]
Draw [ 1 ] ** [33.33%]
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Rio Doherty
post Aug 2 2019, 07:03 AM
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Football is finally back tomorrow where we will travel to Lincolnshire to play Boston United away in our first match and first away match of the season, which will be a tough curtain-raiser for us. Our final friendly ended in disappointment as we succumbed to a heavy 4-1 defeat at FC United Of Manchester, so hopefully we have worked hard in training to avoid a repeat.

Apart from Lloyd Marsh-Hughes, Akwasi Asante, and Iwan Murray we have a fully fit squad for this one so we should be able to field our strongest side. The team that started on Tuesday will probably be slightly different to the one that starts tomorrow, although we must be on our game from the off.

Boston United have had a promising Summer recruitment-wise and should be in that play-off picture come the end of the season. They had a disappointing campaign last time out as they finished in mid table, so they will be looking to do much better this season. As we all know one of Boston’s signings is former blue George Green who had a frustrating tenure here. He has seemed decent in pre-season, although it sounds like he has picked up a knock which rules him out for tomorrow.

We need to get behind our team and managers right from the off and wipe the slate clean. Some of the comments after Tuesday are very over-the-top considering it was just a friendly. I remember us having a promising pre-season under Steve Burr in 2015 when we beat Crewe Alexandra 3-2 and Liverpool Under-21’s 4-0, but we only survived relegation by the skin of our teeth. Teams can have a good pre-season and go down, or vice versa. As Grenville said last night, we all need to support our squad as this is what we have got. Let’s all get down to Boston in our numbers and make it intimidating for them. COMMEEEE ONNNN CITTYYYYYY!

Score: Boston United 0-2 Chester FC (Elliott, Dudley)
Attendance: 1,486 (342 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson G.Roberts Stopforth Mahon
Dudley Elliott

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Aug 3 2019, 06:11 AM
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Rio Doherty
post Aug 3 2019, 05:18 PM
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At the start of the day I would have accepted this result against a Boston United side who had a good go at us in the second half. We defended really well to restrict them from finding the net, but we just couldn’t quite press them higher up the pitch. For once we created an electric atmosphere which we need to maintain, as this type of feel-good factor could play a huge part in our season.

The first period was very cagey as both sides cancelled each other out with a few strong tackles. Somehow we ended up with 3 bookings, although it was the hosts who were dirtier than us. We had the better chances which gave us a bit of momentum, especially when George Waring equalised. Anthony Dudley had an opportunity in the opening stages as George Waring played him, but his attempt forced Peter Crook to parry it wide for a corner. Once again Waring was involved in another move as he launched the ball up to Danny Elliott, whose shot was fumbled by Crook. It was a rather even half of football as both sides had their fair share of the ball, but both defences were on top as they broke up the play well. The first goal in this encounter went to Boston as Simon Grand made a huge mistake by diverting the ball into his own net - instead of clearing it away. It was initially a tough one to take, but our players didn’t let that get to them as we immediately found an equaliser. Brad Jackson played an inch-perfect ball to George Waring who headed in at the back post. We began to find our mojo as momentum was on our side, and just before the interval Dudley forced another good save out of Crook. We put in a decent showing in this half to head into the break level.

Admittedly our second half display was a bit leggy, as our signs of tiredness invited pressure from Boston to come at us. It looked like we were playing for the draw as we weren’t pushing out, although we dug-in really well which eventually earned us the draw. Boston had a golden chance in the opening stages as Jay Rollins headed the ball into the ground from just a few yards out. Anthony Dudley went close again for us as a long throw from Joel Taylor found the man whose volleyed effort went wide. Boston had plenty of possession, but thankfully they couldn’t muster anything which kept the score level. We can be very pleased with our efforts today at a difficult place to go.

Kevin Roberts is my man of the match today as his combative, no-nonsense defending reduced the chances Boston had. He also got stuck-in on a regular basis. George Waring was impressive too as he was involved in a lot of our moves, and duly topped it off with a very good finish. He looked a bit tired in the second half, but hopefully he will be raring to go on Tuesday. There weren’t really any other ‘’standout’’ displays, but we worked well as a unit to grind out a result.

We have plenty of things to take into Tuesday night’s match against Altrincham now. Our pitch will be bigger than Boston’s which will allow us to stretch Altrincham out. I’m sure that they will try to do the same to us as they play a nice brand of football under Phil Parkinson. Alty started off with a 3-1 defeat at home to York City today so hopefully we can add to their poor start by putting them under on Tuesday night. Our support was immense today, and we need to keep it going now to give us the best possible chance.


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Rio Doherty
post Aug 4 2019, 04:49 PM
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