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Chester FC V Altrincham - Match Thread #23 - Emirates FA Cup 2nd Quali
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Rio Doherty
post Sep 23 2019, 06:39 AM
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Part two of this tie takes place tomorrow night as we will make the journey to Greater Manchester to play Altrincham away in the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay where we look to improve on Saturday’s showing. We will find out our potential opponents for the 3rd Qualifying Round at 13:00 today, but we have to get past Alty at the second time of asking first. Coming into this game things aren’t looking great on the injury front as Scott Burton and Joel Taylor picked up knocks on Saturday, so they may not be risked for this one. We will certainly have to shuffle things up as Gary Stopforth, Matty Thomson, Gary Roberts, and Kevin Roberts are all injured too, whilst Jamie Morgan is suspended. Theo Roberts will be cup-tied once again so hopefully Russ Griffiths will be feeling fine, as we don’t have another reserve ‘keeper.

Our last match was on Saturday where we drew 1-1 at home against Altrincham, in what was our worst performance of the season. Admittedly we were fortunate to come away with a draw as Altrincham dominated the game, but thankfully we have another chance tomorrow. We got off to a fantastic start as Matty Hughes completed a nice move to make it 1-0 to us after just two minutes. After that though we sat back and invited Altrincham to come at us, but fortunately we were ahead at half time. The second half was very strange as an injury to Russ Griffiths forced a lengthy delay, and not long after John Johnston went down for the visitors. Our opponents still had plenty of possession, and the inevitable happened as Josh Hancock scored a free header to make it 1-1. Brad Jackson and Matty Waters both went inches close to snatching us a winner, but in the end the spoils were shared.

Altrincham have had an inconsistent start to the season, although they looked like a play-off side on Saturday. They are yet to win a match away from home thus far, but their form has been much better at home which is something we need to be wary of. There will definitely be at least one former blue up against us tomorrow night. That is because Steven Drench is injured, which means goalkeeper Tony Thompson will be playing again. Thompson had a brief spell here in 2016. Meanwhile, striker Tom Peers graduated through our Academy in 2013 and made a handful of appearances for us. He didn’t feature at the weekend, but he could be given a chance tomorrow.

We can’t afford to play like we did on Saturday again because we will probably end up losing. Despite Altrincham having most of the ball they only managed to score once, so if we do turn up then we are more than capable of winning. It isn’t a great place to go as we have a poor record there, but we have another chance and I’m sure the dynamic duo will have learnt a lot from Saturday. With it being short notice I can’t see their being a big turnout, but I’m hoping that my second visit to Moss Lane will be much more memorable than the trip in March. #EMBRACETHESH*TNESS!!! Come On You Blues!

Score: Altrincham (Hulme) 1-2 Chester FC (Dudley, Murray)

Attendance: 835 (162 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
Jones Livesey Grand Waters
Jackson Murray Glendon
Dudley Asante Hughes

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 24 2019, 06:20 AM
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My match preview:
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Includes previous encounters against Altrincham, the latest form guides of both sides, plus loads more.


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post Sep 24 2019, 10:20 PM
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Bitterly frustrated with this result tonight as once again we have exited the cup early, but what emphasises this even more is that there was absolutely nothing wrong with George Waring’s goal, which would have put us right back in the game if it had stood. I will be very intrigued to watch the highlights to see exactly why, but aside from that we really should have got the equaliser as we threw everything at Altrincham in the second half. Our performance was a lot better than Saturday, but the decision to rest some of our key players has to be questioned. Obviously we should be going all out for promotion, but a cup run is equally as important as the income generated can go towards getting that missing piece in the jigsaw etc. Lincoln City managed to do it a few years ago, as they won the National League, got to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup, and got to the Semi-Finals of the FA Trophy all in the same season.

The first half was a pretty even affair as both sides had their fair share of spells. We scored after two minutes on Saturday, but the reversal happened tonight as James Jones (not that one) scored a header from a corner to make it 1-0 to Altrincham. Our first chance of the match went to Matty Waters whose shot went side, whilst at the other end an Ashley Hemmings strike missed the target. George Waring was the next to go close to us, as his effort went across the face of goal, although he should have scored. We were quick going forward, but when Altrincham went on the attack we gave them too much space as there were a lot of gaps in midfield. Our defensive performance was good though, and Russ Griffiths made an outstanding block to deny Jordan Hulme who was clean through. The rebound was headed off the line by Gary Roberts which again was another good piece of defending. We went into what was a very lively break a goal down.

Our second half performance was very energetic, as we had plenty of chances to forge our way back into the game. Our finishing let us down though as we should have kept our composure in front of goal. From a general point of view the second half was really entertaining, as it was end-to-end at times which made for a great cup tie. John Johnston went close for the hosts moments into the half, but thankfully his header went over. The big talking point of the game arrived just after, as a George Waring header was ruled out in baffling circumstances. I don’t think anyone knows what it was for as there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, but one thing that is certain is that it certainly ruined the game. That moment sparked a good spell from us though, as it urged us to create more and more chances. Firstly, a Gary Roberts delivery was diverted behind by an opposing player, before Danny Elliott buried his header over when he really should have been hitting the target. At the other end Russ Griffiths produced another terrific stop, as he saved a powerful Ashley Hemmings shot, before last-ditch defending by Matty Waters cleared the follow-up off the line. Josh Hancock should have put the game to bed as he fired wide, whilst Griffiths denied Hancock once again. We continued to roll the dice, but were unable to find the equaliser we deserved.

My man of the match for tonight goes to Russ Griffiths who was much better than Saturday. I actually overheard him say to somebody before the game that he broke his nose on Saturday, but he still battled on and made some top-drawer saves. The winning goal wasn’t really his fault as the man who was marking Jones should have headed the ball away. Aside from that Simon Grand and Danny Livesey were solid defensively, although Livesey went off in the second half so hopefully he’ll be okay. George Glendon was excellent in midfield as his passing range was superb, and he made things tick with his creativity. Matty Waters was also decent as he made some good blocks and clearances. On a side note Gary Roberts didn’t have his best game tonight as his passing range wasn’t as consistent as it usually is, whilst there was an occasion where Craig Mahon should have taken a shot instead of dribbling the ball out. On the attacking front both George Waring and Danny Elliott had good chances which they should have put away, although George should feel very hard done by for the disallowed goal.

It just feels deflating to lose at this early stage once again, especially at a place where we don’t do well. We really could have done with a lengthy run, and one decent cup run a decade is nowhere near enough. We need the extra money to sign better players which will in turn get us promotion. I am very confident that we will be challenging for the title, but an extra incentive would have made it even better. Our next match is against Leamington at home on Saturday where we look to continue our excellent league form.


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post Sep 25 2019, 07:40 PM
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