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Brackley Town V Chester FC - Match Thread #32 - Buildbase FA Trophy 3r
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Rio Doherty
post Nov 22 2019, 07:34 AM
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Our attentions turn back to the cup tomorrow where we will make the trip to Northamptonshire to take on Brackley Town away in the Buildbase FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round in what will be our second match there in under a month. On the back of last night’s exciting news our focus turns to the playing side of things as we look to go on a decent cup run for a change. Due to last Saturday’s away match at Gateshead being postponed we have had two whole weeks off, so we have no excuses. Our opponents have only had a few days to prepare for this so we need to take advantage of our break.

Our last match was two weeks ago on Saturday where we picked up a much-needed win as we beat Alfreton Town at home 3-0. It was a dire game and in a way the scoreline flattered us, but we had to win and in the end we did quite comfortably. The first half was a poor spectacle as there weren’t many chances on show, and the quality in general was uninspiring. Danny Livesey brightened things up as he made it 1-0 to us, where he bundled the ball over the line following a scramble. At the other end Amari Morgan-Smith scored for Alfreton Town, but fortunately it was disallowed for offside. Meanwhile, the second period was much better as our attacking play was more exciting. Just moments into the half Danny Livesey scored again to make it 2-0 to us, as he smashed the ball into the net following good work by Gary Roberts. Moments before time there was plenty of drama, as Joel Taylor’s direct corner was disallowed due to a ‘’foul’’ on the ‘keeper. Alfreton took the free kick, but their defender was unaware as he thought the goal still stood. Due to that, he gave the ball away to Danny Elliott who cooly slotted home to make it 3-0 to us. That goal confirmed a comfortable day at the office. Since then we had a behind-closed-doors friendly against Accrington Stanley XI on Monday which saw us win 3-0 at home, so hopefully Akwasi Asante will feature tomorrow having found the net in that game.

Brackley Town are currently in excellent form as they currently sit inside the play-offs. Obviously this is a cup match so the league goes out of the window, but they are a strong side with plenty of experience. The Saints started off rather slowly thanks to a handful of defeats, but since then they have found the net more regularly which has saw them surge up the table. In recent times our opponents have been scoring for fun as they hammered Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC 8-0 in September, whilst they thrashed an in-form Darlington side 5-1 at home last week. There will be one former Chester FC player up against us tomorrow and that is left back Shepherd Murombedzi who endured a spell here in January of last year. He was only here for a month, but he opted to play for free given our then financial issues. Since then he has played for Brackley where he has been a regular fixture in their team.

When this fixture was drawn out of the hat last Monday I was not relishing this at all, and I’m still not overly looking forward to it now. This will be a tough test for us but I would be happy with a draw to be honest. If so, then there will be a replay at the 1885 Arena on Tuesday night where we should have an advantage. Obviously, I’d like us to get the job done tomorrow so that we can have a full week to prepare for Bradford. Come On You Blues!

Score: Brackley Town 0-1 Chester FC (Dudley)

Attendance: 436 (108 Chester FC)

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

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Nov 22 2019, 11:10 PM
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My match preview:
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Includes the 1885 Arena complex explained in full, previous encounters against The Saints, plus loads more.


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Rio Doherty
post Nov 23 2019, 06:41 PM
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It was a very gutsy display in my opinion, but our determination played a huge role in our excellent win. Over the course of the 90 I thought that we did deserve the win, as once we got into our stride we threatened. Brackley Town had plenty of bites at the cherry, but in the end their inability to put away chances cost them. They were a lot poorer than they were a few weeks ago as all they really did was lump the ball up in hope. This is Brackley’s first home defeat since September last year, whilst we are the only side to score against them from open play (at St James’ Park) which adds to this impressive victory.

The first half was a dire spectacle as there weren’t many chances on show, and the style of play on offer was uninspiring. Unlike Brackley we did try to play the ball on the deck as much as we could, but there were times when we just hoofed the ball up to George Waring which didn’t work. We survived a mild scare early doors as Lee Ndlovu rounded Russ Griffiths, but fortunately Danny Livesey was alert to clear away from danger. At the other end Livesey missed the target from a Matty Waters delivery, whilst our best chance went to Scott Burton who fired wide when he really should have done better. Former blue Shepherd Murombedzi got into a decent position for the hosts, but when under pressure his shot went into the ground to force a simple save out of Griffiths. Russ was called into action just before the break as he pulled off a strong parry to deny Shane Byrne. That was that for the first half, as the drizzly conditions got the better of the match.

Meanwhile, the second period was much more lively as both sides were ambitions on the attack, and at times it was end-to-end stuff. Russ Griffiths prevented Lee Ndlovu from breaking the deadlock once again as he did well to smother the ball. Moments later we had a decent chance of our own as Jamie Morgan ran well with the ball, but his cross was too high for Brad Jackson who headed over. Brackley’s poor finishing paid the price, and one particular missed opportunity fell to Matt Lowe who blazed over. At the other end though our best effort before our goal fell to George Waring who really should have buried the ball away. Danny Lewis palmed Jackson’s initial attempt away, but somehow Waring fluffed the rebound out of the ground. The attacking football on offer from both sides was a shadow to the first half, and our opponents went close again as Griffiths tipped a Ndlovu shot round the post. We struggled to deal with the following corner, but thankfully Thierry Audel fired his chance over. After that we went on a few attacks of our own, and Jackson was ever so close to scoring another screamer in these parts as his first-time rocket forced a strong save out of Lewis. Chances died out a little after that, but Anthony Dudley delivered when it really mattered to make it 1-0 to us - moments after coming on. Duds calmly dispatched his shot into the back on the net from close range to give us a deserved lead. Lowe had two other great chances for Brackley following that as firstly he curled over on the edge of the box, whilst he blazed over once again just moments later. The hosts pushed and pushed and pushed for the equaliser, but we ground out an excellent result to win ugly.

My man of the match for this afternoon has to go to Russ Griffiths who has improved so much in recent times. He deservedly recorded his second consecutive clean sheet today thanks to a string of fine saves that kept us in the game. Jamie Morgan was thrown in at the deep end, but he earned his starting spot because at times he was our only hope out wide. He outmuscled Brackley on a number of occasions and started off a few of our attacks. Both Danny Livesey and Simon Grand were solid at the back, as they won every header and made some important blocks. Brad Jackson had another good display too as he made some great deliveries, and managed to assist Anthony Dudley’s goal. He also went so close to making it 1-0 because if it wasn’t for a brilliant save from Brackley’s goalie, his powerful shot would have broken the net. On a side note Scott Burton was quite poor today as he made a few misplaced passes and should have taken his composure in the first half, but there isn’t much to worry about now of course. Joel Taylor didn’t have his best game either because he failed to stick with his man at times.

This result caps off a marvellous week for our club both on and off the pitch. We had to do it the hard way, but it’s great to see us progress to the 1st Round where we could play the likes of Chesterfield and Notts County. I believe that the draw will be regionalised until the 2nd Round, so on a personal note I would love us to draw that lot away as we could stand a good chance against them.


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post Nov 24 2019, 03:08 PM
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My match vlog:
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