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Brackley Town V Chester FC - Match Thread #29 - Manarama National Leag
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Rio Doherty
post Nov 1 2019, 11:00 AM
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We enter the penultimate month of the year tomorrow where we will make the venture to Northamptonshire to play Brackley Town away where we search for our first win since September. This is going to be another very tough game as our opponents are yet to lose at home all season. Our selection was wrong last weekend so we must also approach this game in a different manner as we were a lot more ambitious in the final 15 minutes. Brackley are a good side who will punish us if we make any errors because they are on a good run of form.

Last Saturday we succumbed to our first home defeat of the season as we lost 1-0 against York City. There wasn’t a massive difference between the two outfits because both us and York moved the ball around well, but the visitors were more streetwise which was a deciding factor. The first half was rather even as both sides had their moments - with Matty Hughes going closest for us. Meanwhile, the second period was more exciting because it was end-to-end at times. We started off very slowly as our opponents were dominant, and Dan Maguire tapped in from close range to make it 1-0 to York City. In the latter stages of the game we upped the tempo, but a series of missed opportunities saw us lose out.

Brackley Town are doing well once again this season as they currently sit in the play-off places. They started off rather slowly, but since then The Saints have found their feet as a rich run of form has sucked them up into the promotion places. There will be one former blue playing on the opposing side tomorrow, and that is left back Shepherd Murombedzi who had a brief spell here under Marcus Bignot in January of last year. Given our dire financial problems back then he played for free which was very admirable, although a month later he moved to Brackley where he has played at ever since.

Just a reminder that this match will be segregated which means that we will be housed in the Cricket Club End. For those of you who are wondering about the clubhouse, unfortunately it will be closed for the foreseeable future due to a fire that took place during the Summer, so even if segregation wasn’t in place then we still wouldn’t have access to it. However, there will be temporary refreshment bars available so hopefully the choice will be a lot better than King’s Lynn’s which was terrible. A draw would be a good result to start off November as St James’ Park is always a tough place to go. This exact fixture was played on the same weekend last year, so hopefully there will be more injury time drama. Up The Seals!

Score: Brackley Town (Ndlovu) 1-2 Chester FC (Elliott, Hughes)

Attendance: 661 (204 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Glendon Stopforth
Hughes Waring Elliott

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Nov 1 2019, 11:25 PM
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My match preview:
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post Nov 2 2019, 06:23 PM
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In general it was a drab affair today as the style of football on offer from both sides wasn’t inspiring, but despite us throwing away our lead a draw is still a good result for us. Our performance was rather mixed as we were second best in the first half. Brackley Town were dangerous on the attack, and Lee Ndvolu in particular caused us problems as he held off our defence well. However, we improved in the second period because we were more creative on the ball, and had a couple of golden chances.

The first half wasn’t too exciting as we struggled to play the ball on the deck, hence a lot of it was in the air. Our opponents went close to breaking the deadlock early on as a strong Ellis Myles shot went just past the target. On the 10th minute mark though we silenced Brackley’s promising start as Brad Jackson scored a sensational goal from around 20 yards out to make it 1-0 to us. He had plenty of space to shoot, and his powerful hit looped over Danny Lewis into the back of the net. We died down after that though as the hosts once again were threatening going forward. Our defending was quite poor at times because in some stages we backed away and failed to clear our lines. Our lead only lasted 10 minutes as Thierry Audel equalised for Brackley Town to make it 1-1. I thought that the free kick shouldn’t have been given, but it went in anyway which resulted in Danny Livesey blocking the initial shot. We didn’t go to the ball though which resulted in Audel firing in the rebound past the grasp of Russ Griffiths. Just moments later Shane Byrne went close for the hosts, whilst Griffiths soon pulled off a good block to deny James Armson. It continued to be all Brackley as Armson once again went close - this time heading over, whilst we received a huge let-off before half time. Gary Roberts slipped when in possession which allowed Ndlovu to steal the ball from behind, but fortunately he missed the target when through on goal. Our standards were way below what they should have been as we weren’t creative enough in midfield, and in defence we were all at sea at times. Thankfully half time came soon after for us to regroup.

To our credit we were much better in the second 45 as we played the ball on the ground which allowed us to create more chances. In midfield we sprayed the ball around well with the additions of the two Matty’s, Hughes and Waters, making a positive impact. Brackley had the first chance of the half as once again Russ Griffiths pulled off another impressive stop to shut-out Ellis Myles. Brad Jackson went in search for his second of the game, but sadly his shot wasn’t as accurate as his first because his attempt went out of the ground. Minutes later though we really should have retaken the lead as a strong counter attack from Anthony Dudley played in George Waring, but his tame effort from a few yards out forced Brackley’s ‘keeper to make a simple save. The hosts had some good chances of their own, but our defence was much more alert in this half to block and clear a number of opportunities off the line. At the other end we had another golden chance as Brad Jackson did really well to cross the ball in from the byline, but neither Anthony Dudley or George Waring could connect with the ball to find the winner. Meanwhile, a Luke Fairlamb free kick went over for the hosts 10 minutes from time. Neither side could find the winner, but our second half display was enough for us to grind out a decent result.

There weren’t many bad performances, but there weren’t too many good ones either so I will choose Russ Griffiths as my man of the match today. His goal kicks were very wayward in the first half, but other than that he made a few excellent one-on-one saves to keep us in the game. He wasn’t at fault for Brackley’s goal either so his solid performance can give him confidence. Simon Grand had a decent outing as he made some strong interceptions, and he had to play through the pain barrier because he went down twice. Matty Waters and Matty Hughes changed our style of play when they came on because Waters in particular provided us with more width to get the crosses in. Before that our midfield wasn’t effective so at least he offered us more direction. Hughes made some good runs too and had some neat touches.

We can be pleased with this result, but we must start winning games because the gap between us and the chasing pack is wafer thin which doesn’t breed very well. You just have to look at the likes of Southport and Spennymoor Town who are on red hot form and chasing our heels, so it’s vital we return to our early season form. Our next match is against Alfreton Town at home next Saturday who are another decent side, and anything less than a win will be really poor.


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post Nov 3 2019, 01:54 PM
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