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Blyth Spartans V Chester FC - Match Thread #26 - Manarama National Lea
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Rio Doherty
post Oct 18 2019, 06:46 AM
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Our second lengthy journey of the week is tomorrow where we will make the trip to Northumberland to take on Blyth Spartans away where three points could see us reach the summit. With York City not in league action due to FA Cup commitments, a victory for us by at least three goals will see us go top of the league for the first time this season. If everything does go to plan, then that will hopefully prove to be the perfect assist for next Saturday’s clash. No game in this division is easy though, and Blyth will relish the chance of playing us so will raise their game.

Last Saturday we drew 2-2 away at King’s Lynn Town in what was an entertaining advert for the National League North. We shown some signs of promise in the first half, although we got off to a dreadful start as an under-pressure Russ Griffiths gifted Adam Marriott an easy goal within two minutes to make it 1-0 to King’s Lynn. After that we did settle as we played some nice stuff, but our downfall was that we gave the hosts too much space on the wings. The second half was a thrilling spectacle as it was end-to-end at times. Simon Grand bundled in a Matty Hughes delivery on the line for us to make it 1-1, which put us right back in it. Not long after things got even better for us as Akwasi Asante got on the end of an inch-perfect Brad Jackson ball to make it 2-1 to us. However, Adam Marriott grabbed his second on the game for King’s Lynn as he smashed past Griffiths to make it 2-2. We held on to come back with a credible point.

Blyth Spartans have had an awful season to date, as they currently sit rock bottom of the division. On top of that, they have already exited the FA Cup as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat away at Hednesford Town two weeks ago. I went to that game as a neutral, and I have to say that Blyth were bossed around by a side who play one division below them. Despite their awful start though, The Spartans have been resurgent in recent weeks as they have won their last two league matches, so we must be wary of their revival. Our opponents secured their first win of the campaign last month with a 3-1 home win against an inconsistent AFC Telford United side, whilst they followed that up last weekend with a 1-0 away win at an out-of-form Curzon Ashton outfit. Eyebrows were raised during the Summer when former Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town, and Blackpool manager Lee Clark was appointed as Blyth’s manager but despite his wealth of experience, he has failed to steady the ship.

A win tomorrow will put us in a fantastic position ahead of the eagerly-awaited top-of-the table clash a week tomorrow. We have failed to win in our last four fixtures so if we are to bounce back then three points against Blyth will certainly give us a fresh confidence boost just in time. The traumatic events at Croft Park last season will unfortunately live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons, but since then we have come on a long way and we have a big point to prove tomorrow. I am looking forward to making another trip up to the North East which isn’t a happy hunting ground. Come On City!

Score: Blyth Spartans 0-3 Chester FC (Asante, Hughes, Jackson)

Attendance: 933 (217 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Stopforth Glendon
Dudley Asante Hughes

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Oct 18 2019, 09:46 PM
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post Oct 19 2019, 05:59 PM
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A very frustrating afternoon all round as we had tonnes of chances in the second half, but we just couldn’t take them. We’d be waiting ages for our third because the longer the game went on, the more despairing it was that our missed opportunities cost us. To sum the game up, it was basically a mixture of two poor defences and two inconsistent attacks because both defences were very leaky that were carved open on a regular basis, whilst the forwards for both sides rued plenty of chances. Blyth Spartans gave us a good game this afternoon as they were very dangerous on the attack, and they too had a number of chances. Despite us fielding a weaker side today, this is still a huge opportunity missed as a draw is simply not good enough, and we need to tighten things up at the back. There are no problems with our forwards at all because it was just an off day for them, although it’s just typical that Akwasi Asante couldn’t play as he is a natural finisher who would have relished playing today.

The first half was really entertaining as there was plenty of goalmouth action in both halves of the pitch. On a general point of view we were second best in this period as our style of play was very uninspiring. We failed to take our time when on the ball which resulted in us having a lazy habit of lumping it up to George Waring in hope. Also, we were fortunate to be level at the break because Blyth should have been at least two ahead, but thankfully they didn’t take their chances which was the story of the day. At King’s Lynn last Saturday we conceded after two minutes, but the roles were reversed this afternoon as Danny Elliott struck an impressive free kick for us to make it 1-0 very early on. Just as we were getting over our great start, we switched off at the back which enabled Blyth Spartans to score to make it 1-1. The goal began in similar fashion to King’s Lynn’s first last week, as Simon Grand played the ball back to Russ Griffiths who sliced his clearance out for a throw in. Following the throw, a cross went in which found Michael Sweet who glanced a header towards the far corner. At the other end a speculative George Glendon shot went out of the ground, whilst we received a huge let-off as a Callum Roberts attempt somehow went wide. Blyth Spartans continued to go at us, and to their credit Adam Wrightson scored a really good solo goal to make it 2-1. He sprinted with the ball for about 50 yards, cut inside, then fired the ball past Griffiths to put them in the lead. Meanwhile, George Waring missed a sitter from a couple of yards out as hit effort somehow went wide, but our errors at the other end were still evident as a Joel Taylor slip put Sweet through on goal, where thankfully Simon Grand was on hand to clear off the line. Five minutes before the interval we got ourselves on level terms as Matty Hughes finished a fine move to make it 2-2. George Glendon should have had a shot in the build up as he had plenty of space, but he decided to play it out to Brad Jackson who found Hughes to tap-in from close range. That was the final action of a frantic first half.

Our display was improved in the second period as we had more of the ball and were more dangerous. Although this half didn’t contain any goals, it was still action-packed as both sides had their moments to snatch a winner. Russ Griffiths has endured a forgettable last few weeks, but to his credit he kept us in the game as he made a remarkable stop to deny Robbie Dale who was clean though. A below par Gary Roberts hit missed the target from long range, but moments later there was a huge goalmouth scramble that was one of the biggest I have witnessed in a while. We must have had about four bites at the cherry, but Danny Livesey was closest to putting us back in front as his header was cleared off the line, before the move was ended as Matty Hughes’ shot went wide. Livesey went close again as his powerful volley was straight at Mark Foden, but our biggest miss of the game arrived two minutes later which well and truly summed up our afternoon. Matty Hughes rounded Foden which put him clean through on goal, but his effort somehow cannoned off the post. At the other end, Blyth hit the woodwork themselves as Lewis Hawkins nodded against the post which gave us a lifeline. Towards the end of the clash a flurry of chances went our way as firstly Simon Grand planted a header into the stanchion. George Glendon then fired an effort over, before Hughes slotted wide. Both sides could have won it, but Blyth will be the happier of the two as it just wasn’t our day at all.

Once again my man of the match goes to George Glendon who ran the show in midfield. He orchestrated our second goal as he picked out Brad Jackson who assisted Hughes, and he was never afraid to get stuck in either. Brad Jackson was one of our very few hopes when we were on the attack because he was the one who started off our drives forward (mostly). Matty Hughes took his goal well, but he should have had a hat trick because if he had brought his shooting boots with him, then he would have put the game to bed. Russ Griffiths was better than in recent times. Granted, his poor clearance resulted in the throw for Blyth’s first, but other than that he had a strong game as he made some very good saves. Our defence was not it’s usual solid self as Blyth’s pacy forwards carved Simon Grand and Danny Livesey open a lot. Grand made an impressive clearance off the line in the first half, but he needs to remain patient when on the ball because he hoofs it up too many times.

We have got a busy week coming up in both the league and cup as our next match is on Wednesday night where we will make the short journey to Runcorn Town away in the Cheshire Senior Cup 1st Round. This will be a good opportunity to field our younger/fringe players against a senior side who are doing well this season. Most eyes will be looking ahead to next Saturday against York City though, as the team we field should be a lot stronger than it was today which will give us a bigger advantage. Ideally it would be nice for York to have a midweek replay in the FA Cup that could tire them, although with how things are going right now I can’t see it.


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post Oct 20 2019, 12:54 PM
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