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Hednesford Town V Chester FC - Match Thread #35 - Buildbase FA Trophy
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Rio Doherty
post Dec 13 2019, 08:13 AM
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Our attentions turn away from the league tomorrow afternoon where we will make the trip to Staffordshire to take on Hednesford Town away in the Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round where we look to bounce back. This will be no easy game so we must put on a strong 90 minute performance to avoid a shock defeat. Last weekend we were nowhere near good enough, but that is our only defeat in our last five so it’s important that we return to our previous run of form in time for Christmas.

Our last match was last Saturday where we lost 2-0 away at Darlington in what was a miserable day all round. We had a go for about 25 minutes in the second half, but aside from that we were never in the game so that needs to change otherwise we could be punished again. The first half was very disappointing as we just never got going at all, and we made some sloppy errors. Omar Holness soon made it 1-0 to Darlington as he caught Russ Griffiths out from a tight angle. Then, just before the interval Joel Taylor scored an own goal to make it 2-0 to Darlington as he was unable to turn a Griffiths mistake away from goal. The second half was actually delayed by half an hour for floodlight failure, but even that didn’t lift our spirits because despite our dominance, we never delivered. Akwasi Asante almost got us back in the game by skimming the post. Just a few moments later we were unfortunate again as Danny Livesey scored a disallowed header. We had loads of chances, but we didn’t take them which resulted in a poor result.

Hednesford Town ply their trade in the BetVictor Southern Premier League Central which is just one league below us. For anybody expecting an easy game then think again, as they currently sit inside the play-offs with a few games in hand. The Pitmen are a good side because I watched them defeat Blyth Spartans 4-2 in the FA Cup back in October, and they were dominant against higher opposition. Despite Hednesford’s strong start to the campaign, they are currently managerless as Gary Hayward departed at the start of the month due to budget cuts. Danny Glover and Ben Bailey are currently joint-player/caretaker managers, and they managed to win their first game in charge last week thanks to a 4-2 home win against Hitchin Town.

We have no excuses for not coming out on top in this one as Hednesford have a fantastic playing surface that will enable us to play attacking flowing football. If the game does end in a draw then a replay will take place at the 1885 Arena on Tuesday night, but hopefully we won’t have to worry about that. Looking forward to this as Keys Park is a nice, tidy ground for the level Hednesford play at, and we should be taking a healthy following. Come On City!

Score: Hednesford Town (Glover) 1-2 Chester FC (Livesey, Dudley)

Attendance: 684 (320 Chester FC)

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

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Dec 14 2019, 07:49 AM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/de-SWMduW9c
Includes our surprisingly poor head-to-head record with Hednesford, form guides, plus loads more.


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post Dec 14 2019, 06:25 PM
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In my opinion we should have came away with a win today given the amount of opportunities we had to kill it off in the second half. It did take us a while to get going, but as soon as we did we were the more dangerous side. Hednesford Town weren’t as good as I thought they would have been as their defence was quite shaky and they had a habit of smashing the ball up at times. Credit to them for mustering a replay though, because they could have squandered a winner too as we sat back too deep towards the end.

To sum it up, the first half was a borefest because chances were very rare for both sides, and the quality of football on offer was uninspiring. We started off slowly as we had a tendency of playing the ball in the air which didn’t work at all. Hednesford, too, were pretty poor as well, although they did get into our half more than we got into theirs. To illustrate how dismal this half was, the first chance came just under 20 minutes in as Osebi Abadaki fired wide following a mistake by Kevin Roberts. The best chance of the half came half an hour in as Danny Glover was through on goal, but he scuffed his effort wide when really, he should have done a lot better. At the other end we had a great chance of our own as Matty Hughes glanced a header across the face of goal. Towards the end of the half we did begin to play more attractive football as we stretched Hednesford out and attempted to find space in between their defence. Other than that though, there were no further chances so the deadlock was still intact going into the break.

I thought that the second half was much more action packed as we did tire The Pitmen out with our quick attacks. We seemed to be up for the tie more, and Akwasi Asante went close to taking the lead as a fizzing shot by him narrowly missed the target. Former AFC Telford United goalkeeper Andrew Wycherley was then brought into action as he produced a simple stop to deny Brad Jackson. Still, it was all us as Wycherley was involved again to prevent Gary Roberts from lopping a header in. Hednesford’s ‘keeper made a great save to stop us again, as he reacted well to parry out a Matty Hughes shot with the ball then ricocheting off Danny Elliott. Roberts had another chance with 20 minutes left on the clock as an effort from the edge of the area was straight at The Pitmen’s custodian. Despite our pressure, we sat back for the final 15 minutes and it looked like we were playing for the replay. Hednesford enjoyed some possession and there were stages where we were hesitant by not pushing out or going to the ball. The hosts were a whisker away from making it 1-0 as Kieran Morris lashed the ball just over. Just seconds later we thought we had taken the lead as Akwasi Asante slotted the ball in for us at the back post, but just like Danny Livesey’s attempt last week, it was disallowed for offside. We soaked up Hednesford’s pressure and had one last chance in the penultimate minute of injury time, but unfortunately Joel Taylor was unable to bag a winner as his free kick went wide. We had our moments, but our inability to find the target means that we will have it all to do again in a few days time.

I have a habit of picking Brad Jackson (who did do well, again) as my man of the match so I will choose Gary Roberts today. Roberts’ form has dipped in previous weeks, but he was much more involved today as he made some good tackles and played the ball around well. He also had a couple of chances too that were going towards the target. Jackson was great once again because his pace got the better of Hednesford who were tiring towards the end. Some of his deliveries were bang on and it was a shame that nobody could get the right connection. We did have a few sloppy moments defensively where we gave the ball away in dangerous areas, but overall our defence was worthy of the clean sheet as they didn’t have a great deal to do. Matty Hughes and Akwasi Asante were unlucky to not have got a couple as they were sharp and got into some good positions, but it was just a shame that their shots drifted wide.

Our next match is now on Tuesday night as we will host Hednesford Town at home in the Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round Replay. A replay isn’t really what we wanted considering the flurry of games we have coming up, but we will fancy our chances on Tuesday. The draw will take place before that though at lunchtime on Monday, so it will be interesting to see who we could potentially face, from Torquay United to South Shields!


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post Dec 15 2019, 09:08 PM
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My match vlog:
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