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> AFC Telford United V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #21 - Vanarama National
AFC Telford United V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #21 - Vanarama National
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Rio Doherty
post Sep 13 2019, 06:30 AM
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We are back on the road tomorrow as we will make the venture to Shropshire to play AFC Telford United away where we look to keep apace with the top two. This will be another huge game for us as we will be wanting to continue our momentum, as our excellent start has brought a lot of togetherness. Telford have made a stuttering start so hopefully we will exploit that.

On Saturday we slayed the Lions of Guiseley as we beat them 3-1 at home in what was another brilliant performance. They were a really dirty side, but thankfully we got the better of them to record a resounding win. Our first half display was faultless as an Akwasi Asante double took us into the break with us holding a comfortable lead. The second half was a bit more stop-start though as Guiseley made some terrible tackles which stopped the flow of the game. Anthony Dudley capitalised on a comical throw-in to make it 3-0, although the visitors were awarded a consolation towards the end as Aaron Martin headed in.

AFC Telford United have had the most inconsistent start possible as the have won 4, lost 4, and drew 1. During the Summer they lost two of their key players which has impacted them a lot thus far. Amari Morgan-Smith signed for Alfreton Town where he has had a blistering start so far, whilst former blue Daniel Udoh headed to Western Shropshire to join Shrewsbury Town. The league table will look a lot different in 7 months time as the likes of Spennymoor Town, Brackley Town, and Altrincham have had similar starts to Telford, and with the Calibre of squads they have, they will all be knocking on that play-off door.

Our away form has been so much better this season as we have only lost 1 match in unfortunate circumstances. We have been very solid as we have only conceded a few goals, which is key as we should be aiming to frustrate the home supporters all of the time. This will be one of our shortest journeys of the season, and there has been a lot of hype for this on social media (rightly so)! It’s so refreshing to be reading of ‘’floating’’ supporters having an interest in us again, and people attending for the first time. There was a hostile atmosphere created on our last visit to Telford after a very frustrating start, but things have changed a lot this season. Let’s get those chants going from the off and make it like a home game. I have a good feeling about this one. #EMBRACETHESH*TNESS!!! Come On City!

Score: AFC Telford United 0-2 Chester FC (Glendon, Asante)

Attendance: 1,876 (851 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
Morgan Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Burton Glendon
Dudley Asante Hughes

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 13 2019, 09:28 PM
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post Sep 14 2019, 07:14 PM
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Well, well, well, we’ve done it again. Another flawless display as we (or should I say Akwasi Asante) capitalised on poor AFC Telford United defending to secure a comprehensive win. To Telford’s credit I thought they had a lot of the ball, but defensively we were well-organised to limit their chances. We did sit back a few times in the second half when we reverted to 4-5-1, but we weathered the storm really well. What is impressing me more and more is the fact we are going to places such as Telford, Kidderminster Harriers, and Boston United with no fear at all. Our away form has been so much better, and long may it continue.

Our first half display was excellent as we tore Telford apart. The opening stages were pretty even as both sides had their fair share of the ball, but we delivered when it mattered which is the most important thing. Our first chance of the game went to Akwasi Asante as he linked up really well with Brad Jackson, although his shot went wide. The Jackson-Asante partnership was an absolute joy to watch today as Jacko’s hard work on the right and inch-perfect balls fed Asante. Just a few moments later we made it 1-0 as Asante latched onto a fine Matty Hughes cross to flick his header home. Joel Taylor was inches away from doubling our lead as a rocket from a tight angle whistled just wide. Halfway through the half Akwasi was unfortunate to not have doubled his tally as he scuffed an attempt wide following poor defending. A minute later though, he finally got that goal as he had two bites at the cherry. Asante’s initial chipped effort hit the post, but he reacted sharply to net an easy goal from close range to make it 2-0. For the next 10 minutes Telford crept into the game as they had more of the ball in their quest to forge back into the match. We sat back and should have been more industrious on the ball, as we had a tendency of just rushing it down. That didn’t affect us though as we had a nice spell just before the break. Danny Livesey went so close to getting a third as he stabbed his effort over from a few yards out. There was a bit of pinball in the penalty box after that as we must have had at least 4 chances in a matter of seconds. Desperate Telford defending denied a plethora of shots, before Jamie Morgan blasted over. We went into half time 2 up in what was an outstanding first half display.

The second half was a bit more cagey as Telford were more up for it, but again we stood our ground to secure our win. Especially in the last 15 minutes there were a few nervy moments as Jamie Morgan got dismissed and our opponents hit the post, but thankfully there’s no need to dwell on that now. Andy Wycherley was brought into action as he did really well to gather an Asante effort when his shot was goal-bound. Our dominance continued to show as Brad Jackson and Jamie Morgan were brilliant going forward, with Jackson in particular ripping Telford apart. Jacko was involved in our third as Asante finally got his hat-trick. Against Hereford FC and Guiseley he was substituted off whilst on 2, but our managers were less harsh today as they kept him on this time. A Jackson cross culminated in poor goalkeeping as Wycherley parried the ball out, and all Asante had to do was score another easy tap-in. At the other end Russ Griffiths made a brilliant save to deny a Darryl Knights header. The hosts were having none of it as they pulled a goal back a few minutes later, as an unmarked Lewis Reilly headed in at the back post, whilst Anthony Dudley went close as his shot forced a strong stop out of Telford’s custodian. Just past the 80th minute mark Jamie Morgan got sent-off for us after he dived in late. Perhaps it was quite harsh, but on a more worrying note we are now wafer thin in the right back department. Kevin Roberts is still out injured, Morgan will have to miss the next 3 games, so that leaves us down to Matty Thomson. He was very impressive last season though, so hopefully he will shine once again underneath the limelight. Danny Elliott was unlucky to not have made it 4 as his goal-bound effort resulted in Wycherley beating it away. We survived a bit of a scare towards the end as Brendon Daniels smashed his free kick against the crossbar, which capped off a miserable afternoon for the hosts. That didn’t effect us though as we ending up securing our third consecutive 3-1 win.

Purely for the hat-trick Akwasi Asante goes down as my man of the match today, although there could have been a whole host of others. He is just on a different planet as his goals-to-games ratio is unbelievable, and all 3 of his finishes today were very well-taken. Brad Jackson was immense once again as I lost count on how many times he carved Telford’s left hand side open. He played pivotal roles in all of our goals, and assisted Asante’s third. Jamie Morgan stepped up to the plate so well as he dealt with Telford’s forwards really well with his excellent interceptions. I’m gutted for him about his dismissal, although Jonno is considering an appeal which will hopefully result in positive news. Anthony Dudley hasn’t been mentioned, but I thought he was excellent today as he started off some of our attacks. He doesn’t score shedloads, but he has a great eye for a pass and gets into dangerous positions. George Glendon was brilliant in the middle as he was quick to react to loose balls, and made some exceptional passes. He has proved to be a real find, and no wonder Bern is bald 😂 when selecting our central midfield. Gary Roberts and Gary Stopforth have been outstanding, but Scott Burton and Glendon have been just as good whilst they have been out, which must give the dynamic duo a huge headache. In defence both Simon Grand and Danny Livesey had solid outings as they barely gave Telford a sniff, and were very stubborn. Finally, Matty Hughes had another great game up top as he was a handful for Telford, and assisted Asante’s first with an inch-perfect cross.

We are just getting better and better as today’s result puts us up to the dizzy heights of 2nd. There is still a long way to go, but there is already a healthy cushion between us and 8th place Gateshead (7 points). At the start of the season my expectation was for us to get in the play-offs, so anything more will be a bonus. I am not going to change that expectation as I don’t want to be getting over-ahead of myself, but things are looking very rosy at the moment. Up next is a home match against Altrincham next Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. They succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at crisis-stricken Kidderminster Harriers today, so hopefully we will add to Alty’s patchy start. After today’s showing I am sure more will feel motivated to attend next week now. I am not expecting us to be getting over 2,000 (as we need to remember that this match won’t be included in the season ticket scheme), but with this being a local game it would be nice to see a healthy crowd around the 1,700 mark. Our atmosphere was electric as per today, and the ‘’EM-BRACE THE SH*T-NESS’’ chant was pretty humorous too.


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post Sep 15 2019, 06:55 AM
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Good report, the way we’re going can see the anorchy in the Uk song being unleashed ( Chester fc top of the league )
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post Sep 15 2019, 01:20 PM
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