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> Chester FC V Bradford (Park Avenue) - Match Thread #33 - Vanarama Nati
Chester FC V Bradford (Park Avenue) - Match Thread #33 - Vanarama Nati
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Rio Doherty
post Nov 29 2019, 10:23 AM
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Our first game at the newly-named 1885 Arena is tomorrow afternoon as we host Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC at home in the Vanarama National League North where we look to extend our fine run of form. The National League North has now reverted to the Vanarama National League North following a spell where it was named the Manarama National League North to raise awareness for prostate cancer. It is vital we record our third consecutive win to keep up with the top two as we should have one or two players coming back. Also, we have to be clinical for the entire game as Bradford are the type of side who can upset the apple cart, so we need to avoid a Curzon-esque type of result.

Our last match was last Saturday which saw us win 1-0 away at Brackley Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round. It wasn’t the greatest of games, but our gutsy display capitalised on Brackley’s bad finishing which saw us book a place in the next round. The first half was a dire spectacle as there was little goalmouth action to liven things up. However, the second period was much better as both sides had lots of good chances. It was us who delivered when it really mattered, as Brad Jackson threaded the ball through to Anthony Dudley who lifted the ball over the ‘keeper to make it 1-0 to us. The hosts tried their utmost to find an equaliser, but we advanced to the next stage to the expense of their poor form in front of goal.

Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC will be making the trip from Yorkshire having endured a torrid season so far. Due to financial troubles a number of members of last season’s impressive squad left during the Summer, which is why they are in the position they are in right now. Former Bradford City player Garry Thompson was appointed as their manager back in the Summer, but after just TWO matches he was sacked. Granted, both of the matches were 5-0 defeats but that is still way too early to show the manager the door. It took a while for Avenue to appoint a new boss, but at the end of September Mark Bower returned in a bid to turn things around. Bower worked wonders in his last spell there, but he has shown little signs of improvement this time out as Bradford currently sit six points adrift. Our opponents did record an impressive 2-0 win at Gloucester City in the cup last weekend though, so perhaps that could be a turning point. Former centre back Jon Moran signed for our opponents during the Summer, but he will be unable to play tomorrow as he is currently out on loan at Stafford Rangers.

It has been a couple of weeks since we were last at home so we need to all get down there in our numbers to keep our great form up. Hopefully Akwasi Asante will be eligible to start as he was decent when he came on at Brackley, and if so then we will have a massive chance of winning the game. No game in this division is easy so we must play like we have in recent weeks to avoid an upset. Up The Seals!

Score: Chester FC (Asante, Hughes, Jackson) 3-1 Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC (Johnson)

Attendance: 1,763 (71 Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
Morgan Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Glendon Stopforth
Dudley
Hughes Asante

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post Nov 29 2019, 10:54 PM
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post Nov 30 2019, 10:12 PM
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After an average first half things came to fruition in the second which extended our unbeaten run to four games. Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC did do their homework on us as they had plenty of men behind the ball and set themselves up to frustrate us. Their game plan did work to an extent, but once we figured out how to unlock their mean defence we found a way to win in relatively comfortable fashion. Our performance in general was pretty pleasing as we dominated possession and had a lot of chances.

Just like at Brackley last week the first half didn’t contain loads of goalmouth action as opportunities were at a premium for both sides. We had plenty of the ball and moved it around nicely, but our only constraint was that we were unable to find an opening in the final third. Bradford sat back a lot which did allow us to attack further up, but they were a tight knit group who set-up to cause us problems on the counter. One particular example was when Brad Jackson fired over for us, before Oli Johnson went up the pitch for Avenue only to shoot wide, which was a warning sign for us. 15 minutes into the encounter Billy Priestley made it 1-0 to Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC in what was a regrettable goal to concede. Jackson lazily gave the ball away to Alex Hurst in the build-up which caused him to test Russ Griffiths, who tipped the ball wide. The following corner went in, and our defence switched off which allowed Priestley to poke in. We went in search for the equaliser as Joel Taylor hit a free kick straight at former Guiseley ‘keeper Joe Green. Then, our best chance of the half fell to debutant Elton Ngwatala whose effort whistled just past the post. Just before the interval Anthony Dudley had a decent attempt as well because a header by him missed the target. I thought our first half display shown some decent signs, but despite our dominance we trudged into the break on the wrong side of the scoreline.

Meanwhile, the second period was much improved as on the attacking front we were much more clinical in the final third. Moments into the half Simon Grand had a great chance to equalise, but he couldn’t keep his cool as he fired over from a Joel Taylor corner. Once again Avenue went on the counter in search for a second, but fortunately Alex Hurst missed the target. However, we soon turned things around in a rather frantic period which saw us net twice in four minutes. First of all, Anthony Dudley notched in for us to make it 1-1 by scoring his second goal in as many games. He kept his composure once again in front of goal as he slotted the ball underneath Joe Green when one-on-one. Then, just minutes later Akwasi Asante announced his 1885 Arena return in some style as he netted a blockbuster to make it 2-1 to us. He had quite a lot of space to shoot on the edge of the area, so his rocket flew into the top right hand corner to send the Deva into raptures. Asante almost got another a minute later as he smacked the post following a very good delivery by Joel Taylor. The game quietened down after that as again there wasn’t much penalty box action. At times we lost our concentration a tad as we unnecessarily gave the ball away in some areas, but our opponents were unable to take advantage. On the 89th minute things got a whole lot worse for Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC as Isaac Marriot was shown a red card due to a clumsy, late tackle on Gary Stopforth. With minutes to spare Matty Hughes went close as an attempt from him went over the bar. We saw the game out to record another fine win which keeps us going.

A lot of our team did well today, but Joel Taylor just pips it for my man of the match. He put in one of his best displays as his jinking runs and desire to chase loose balls exposed Bradford in some stages. Taylor also made some great deliveries too, and on the whole he was so much better today compared to last weekend where he had a rare off day. Aside from that, Elton Ngwatala shown some glimpses of his potential as he looked tidy on the ball, and dribbled past Avenue’s defence a lot. I do think that he could be better suited further left though because he did try to overdo it at times, and I think that his pace out on the wing would be more suitable. Gary Stopforth was excellent as ever because he broke up the play well, and made some tough tackles. Anthony Dudley was much more effective today as in recent weeks he has been quiet when out of position. When he and Asante came on at Brackley last week they were both placed further up top which changed the game as Duds notched our winner. Again, he played an important part today as he netted our equaliser with a calm finish, and he was much more dangerous on the ball in his natural position.

A win is a win at the end of the day, and I am really pleased that we came from behind which psychologically can be hard to do at times. Next up is a trip to the beloved North East as we will make the venture to play Darlington away next Saturday. After an astonishing run of six consecutive victories, The Quakers have disintegrated in recent weeks as they have lost three of their last four matches, so hopefully we will add to their wobbly form. Hopefully we won’t have to face another postponement as we need to play in order to carry on our momentum.

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