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Chester FC V Alfreton Town - Match Thread #30 - Manarama National Leag
What Will The Outcome Be?
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Rio Doherty
post Nov 8 2019, 07:42 AM
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We return to the Deva tomorrow afternoon where we entertain Alfreton Town at home in what is a must-win game. It is vital we pick up the three points in this one as the chasing pack are gaining ground on us. Southport have came out of nowhere to be level on points with us, whilst King’s Lynn Town moved above us on Tuesday night as they triumphed at Kidderminster Harriers. There are no excuses now as we have to pull our socks up and show our true mettle, otherwise our predicament will take another blow.

Our last match was last Saturday which saw us draw 1-1 away at Brackley Town. In general it was a poor game of football, but we can be pleased with a draw as our opponents haven’t lost at home in almost a year. We were second best in the first period as we struggled to play the ball on the floor, and defensively we were all at sea at times. That said, we got off to an excellent start as Brad Jackson scored a screamer near the edge of the area to make it 1-0 to us. Our lead only lasted for less than 10 minutes as Thierry Audel equalised for Brackley Town to make it 1-1. Danny Livesey did well to block the initial shot, but Audel was on hand to curl in the rebound. Meanwhile, our second half showing was a lot better as we strung together some nice moves to create an attacking intent. Despite our pressure we couldn’t muster a winner, but we were worthy of the point nonetheless.

Alfreton Town will be making the journey from Derbyshire having made a promising start to the season. Last weekend they slipped out of the play-off places due to in-form Spennymoor Town inflicting a 2-0 home defeat on them, but with the margins being so tight in this league they could move back into the promotion spots with a win tomorrow. The Reds’ current form is a bit below par considering the electric start to the season they made, as towards the end of August they endured four consecutive victories. Over the past few weeks our opponents have slipped to defeats against the likes of Farsley Celtic, Darlington, and Spennymoor, so let’s hope that we can add to their inconsistent run. Billy Heath’s sides are always tough to handle, but we managed to deal with them well last season thanks to an injury time win at home. We dominated the reverse fixture at North Street and how we didn’t win by at least four I will never know, but the result didn’t matter a great deal as it was a dead rubber.

We have two tough trips to the North East to come over the next few weeks so we need to prepare ourselves in the best possible way with three points tomorrow. Realistically, this game is our best chance of claiming a win out of our three upcoming matches so we must deliver. Our home record is still amongst the best in the league which is why we need to make the Deva a fortress once again. Come On City!

Score: Chester FC (Glendon, Waring) 2-0 Alfreton Town

Attendance: 1,873 (51 Alfreton Town)

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

COYB!


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post Nov 8 2019, 11:06 PM
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My match preview:
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Includes our head-to-head record against Alfreton Town, what happened last time out, plus loads more.


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post Nov 9 2019, 08:20 PM
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post Nov 9 2019, 10:36 PM
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In my opinion the scoreline flattered us, but it is a sign of a good team when you manage to win a poor game by three goals. Considering our adequate recent form we had to win today, so this result will give us loads of confidence ahead of some tough upcoming games. Alfreton Town were a horrible side to play against with their foolish antics of kicking the ball away and going to ground softly, so it’s really nice to give them a pasting without getting into second gear.

The first half was one of the worst halves I have witnessed in a while, as it lacked a lot of quality. There weren’t many clear-cut chances, and the bitter conditions certainly had an effect because the game was lacking any direction. Alfreton’s first chance of the game went to Amari Morgan-Smith who blazed over from a few yards out. After that there wasn’t much action as both sides cancelled each other out, and the flow of the match was slow. Our opponents went very close to breaking the deadlock as a header from Shane Killock (brother to former blue Ross) clipped the top of the crossbar. Just a minute later though we went up the other end to score a really scrappy goal to make it 1-0 to us. Matty Waters floated the initial free kick in towards George Waring, who knocked the ball down to Danny Livesey to bundle it over the line. Alfreton Town had the ball in the net a few moments later, but thankfully Amari Morgan-Smith’s lob didn’t count due to an offside in the build-up. George Waring should have extended our scoreline as he missed an absolute sitter. Matty Waters flicked the Brad Jackson’s delivery towards Waring, who blasted the ball over from about five yards out. The referee was very inept today, and one of his awful decisions was when he gave Alfreton a free kick despite Gary Roberts making a fine tackle. Fortunately Bobby Johnson’s attempt missed the target emphatically to bring the end to an uninspiring half of football.

I thought the second half was better as our attacks were much more efficient. We started off this period in excellent fashion as Danny Livesey notched home his second to make it 2-0 to us. Gary Roberts made a wonderful cross, and Livesey whacked the ball into the net to secure his brace. Alfreton enjoyed a lot of possession afterwards, but despite having lots of the ball they didn’t do anything meaningful with it. For the last 20 minutes of the half though we used the ball really well to kill the game. Our third goal was scored in comical circumstances, which summed the officiating up really as they didn’t know what they were doing. Joel Taylor remarkably scored directly from a corner, but the ref disallowed it due to a foul which is understandable. Whilst we were still celebrating the ‘goal’, Alfreton’s ‘keeper placed the ball down for the free kick. However, an Alfreton defender had no idea that the ref blew for a free kick so he booted the ball towards the centre spot in frustration (as he presumed Taylor’s goal stood). The referee, though, thought he had taken the free kick so as a result play resumed, and due to Alfreton switching off Danny Elliott capitalised to make it 3-0 to us. It was so, so, bizarre but that did not matter for us as it confirmed a perfect day at the office.

My man of the match for today goes to Danny Livesey who was effective at both ends. Defensively he was very solid with his terrific tackles, whilst he was a helping hand at the other end with his two goals. Gary Roberts was an improvement to recent matches because his passes were much more consistent, he was tenacious in the middle, and his delivery played a key role in our second goal. Russ Griffiths barely had anything to do, but I am pleased that he has got a clean sheet which will give him a huge boost. He performed really well last weekend, so for him to back that up by not conceding today will fill him up with confidence. Joel Taylor and Kevin Roberts both had good games too because Taylor made some great runs in the first half to win us a couple of corners. Meanwhile, Alfreton’s direct approach suited Robbo because he dealt with their wingers well and stopped them from having any openings.

This result will give us the world of good ahead of a trip to the dreaded North East next week. Our next match is away against Gateshead next Saturday who have performed solidly this campaign, so again this will be a test for us. We have a poor record against The Heed, so hopefully we will put that to bed by following up today’s great win.

This post has been edited by Rio Doherty: Nov 9 2019, 11:03 PM


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post Nov 10 2019, 02:51 PM
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My match vlog:
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post Nov 12 2019, 01:17 PM
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