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Chester FC V Southport - Match Thread #40 - Vanarama National League N
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Rio Doherty
post Dec 31 2019, 03:19 PM
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We begin the decade by hosting Southport at home tomorrow where we look to bounce back from Saturday’s shock defeat. It is obvious that we need to perform as our lack of urgency and laziness cost us deeply a few days ago. Both us and our opponents will want to react, especially the visitors who have had two heavy defeats in the last week. It’s a case of who will start on the front foot the quickest in my opinion, because Southport will change their approach from last Thursday as they underperformed. We are going to be in for a tough game as we have disappointed in recent home encounters against average sides, so it’s crucial that we deliver in midfield and in the final third against a Southport outfit who are still up there.

Our last match was on Saturday where we succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at home against Curzon Ashton in what was an afternoon to forget. The first half wasn’t too bad to be honest, as we did have more of the ball and looked quite comfortable. There were signs of sloppiness though and in my opinion we felt as if we could get away with it in the second half, although of course it was the polar opposite. Our best chance of taking the lead was when Elton Ngwatala smashed in straight down the middle, but unfortunately it was disallowed for offside. On the other hand, the second period was very lacklustre as Curzon Ashton soon sussed us out without really playing outstandingly well. Just four minutes into the half ex-blue Andy Halls made it 1-0 to Curzon Ashton as he headed in at the back post, despite the grasp of Russ Griffiths who nearly palmed it away. We survived a scare later on in the half as Sean Miller struck against the post only for Mike Calveley to fire in the rebound, but we got let out of jail as it was disallowed for offside. Curzon deservedly won as their change of gameplan worked out well for them.

Southport will be making the journey from Lancashire having performed strongly this season. Our opponents have spent the majority of the campaign in the play-offs and will be confident of getting promotion back to the National League, as the last time they were in that division was in 2017 when they got relegated. The Sandgrounders have slightly slipped away in the past week though, as our impressive 3-1 win and a 3-0 away defeat at Altrincham now sees them in 6th place. We will be up against two former blues once again tomorrow, where they will be participating in two separate roles on both the playing side and the coaching side. On the playing side, centre back Ryan Astles enjoyed a spell here between January 2016 until the Summer of last year (2018). He performed rather solidly for us where he is famous for completing the comeback at Tranmere Rovers which saw us come from two goals down to draw 2-2. Ryan has been at Southport since last year and has been a regular starter there. Meanwhile, on the coaching side Jon McCarthy is Liam Watson’s assistant manager having been here in two separate roles between 2014 and 2017. He was Steve Burr’s assistant manager from 2014 until the back end of the 2015-16 season, and took over as caretaker manager for four games. To his credit he mustered three victories that saw us stay up which saw him take over as permanent manager. The first half of the 2016-17 season was rather enjoyable as we were sitting in 7th place at Christmas, but things went all pear-shaped in the second half as only four wins (all away to be precise) saw us narrowly survive relegation. Jon was sacked in September of 2017 after a poor start, and has been at Southport since December 2017.

Hopefully we will start 2020 in the best possible way as a strong performance is needed. 2019 has been a year of two halves, but on the whole I have quite enjoyed it. The first half was rather disappointing as we failed to replicate our strong start to the season that brought elements of frustration. Heavy defeats against Kidderminster Harriers, Altrincham, and most notably Stockport County saw us miss out on the play-offs. However, the second half of the year has mostly been fantastic as we started the campaign off with excellent followings at places such as Kidderminster, Boston United, Curzon Ashton, and AFC Telford United that saw us pick up valuable results. Even at home against the likes of Hereford FC, Guiseley, and Gloucester City we put on some scintillating shows that saw us rip our respective opponents away. In recent times we have hit a sticky patch, but last week at Haig Avenue and a few weeks before that at St James’ Park we conveyed that we can beat the top teams, so we need to rediscover that consistency tomorrow. Happy New Year fellow blues! Up The Seals!

Score: Chester FC (Grand, Asante) 2-0 Southport

Attendance: 1,946 (231 Southport)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
Morgan Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson G.Roberts Glendon Stopforth
Hughes Asante

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Dec 31 2019, 11:35 PM
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My match preview:
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Includes the latest blues news, how both sides have got on lately, plus much more.


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post Jan 1 2020, 10:50 PM
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All of our recent frustrations turned on its head today as we blew away our opponents to make it a very happy new year. In the end it turned into a rout, and deservedly so as our play was much more quick and expansive that enabled us to create more openings. Our strikers and even centre half took them really well, and we could have easily netted a few more. Southport were dire once again because as soon as our first goal went in, they offered next to nothing which caps off an abysmal week for them. They gave us a tough game in the first half, but their lack of service up front cost them as our defence and midfield dominated and had a field day. Credit must go to our managerial duo who weren’t afraid to ring in the changes - with the likes of Matty Waters, Matty Hughes, and Anthony Dudley (who all didn’t start on Saturday) excelling and playing a pivotal role in our emphatic result. I am also pleased that we chalked another clean sheet on the board, and we are starting to be more consistent in that department because in recent weeks we have remained undefeated against Runcorn Town, Alfreton Town, AFC Telford United, Hednesford Town, and of course Southport today.

The first half wasn’t as bad as a few are suggesting because in my opinion we looked relatively comfortable. In general it was rather even up until we scored because Southport looked quite dangerous on the break and thrown in a couple of tasty tackles. As for us there were still elements of a lack of urgency in our play, but we were a lot more efficient in possession, and the pace of Matty Hughes and Brad Jackson enabled us to be more effective in the final third as we spent more time near Southport’s penalty area. Akwasi Asante was back to his best today, and 10 minutes in he was warming up for his exceptional second half as a long range hit was eventually gathered by Charlie Albinson who flapped at the initial attempt. Just one minute later Akwasi went close again as he glanced a header across the face of goal following a decent cross from Brad Jackson. Chances died off for both sides, and it took the visitors almost half an hour before they mustered their first opportunity. It was a massive chance for them too, because from just five yards out Morgan Homson-Smith missed a sitter as he fired over. At the other end Jackson did really well to skin a couple of opposing players, but a tame shot was denied by Southport’s custodian. Matty Hughes then went close as an effort by him was deflected out for a corner, but that was a blessing in disguise as we broke the deadlock from it. A hanging ball from Matty Waters went in towards Albinson, but he made a foolish mistake by punching it to the right of him where a lurking Simon Grand headed in to make it 1-0 to us. Momentum immediately came on our side, and moments later Asante nearly doubled our lead as a powerful shot narrowly missed the target. Unlike recent weeks we managed to notch a goal relatively early on that saw us head into the break with our tails up.

Meanwhile, the second period was so much better as we turned on the style to really rip Southport apart. The way we performed had an analepsis of our clinical displays from earlier on in the season against the likes of Gloucester City, Hereford FC, Guiseley, and Curzon Ashton where we scored goals for fun. Our high pressure worked wonders as we took our chances in the final third which has been one of our weak points lately. It only took us two minutes to double our advantage, as Akwasi Asante capitalised on another Charlie Albinson error to make it 2-0 to us. Albinson could only parry out Matty Hughes’ initial effort which had Akwasi licking his lips in anticipation, and he duly delivered as he slotted home the rebound. Asante almost notched home his second in a matter of minutes, but an opposing defender did well to block his goal-bound effort over the bar, whilst a minute later the big man saw another attempt saved by Albinson. On the approach to the hour mark Southport’s ‘keeper was called into action once again as he did well to recover by keeping out another Asante shot. We effectively confirmed a huge three points with a chunk of time still to go, as Anthony Dudley netted an immense volley from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 to us. The chances kept on coming and coming for us, with Brad Jackson the next to go ever so close as a thumping strike from 25 yards out struck the post. With over 20 minutes still to go, our dominance continued to show as Dudley fired an effort into the side netting, whilst at the other end a tame header by Zehn Mohammed gave Russ Griffiths no troubles. With time ticking away for Southport to get back into the game, our high tempo resulted in another opportunity for Duds, with a clean hit by him forcing a strange save out of Albinson who denied him with his legs. Akwasi Asante then struck home his second of the encounter to make it 4-0 to us, as he did ever so well to turn and fire into the far corner. To cap-off a very miserable afternoon for our Lancashire counterparts, Jack Sampson blazed over from a few yards out where he should have done better. Simon Grand was unlucky to not have bagged his second header of the game as he was prevented on the line, whilst Dudley then smashed over the bar after a nice passage of play by Matty Waters. It was a formidable day for us, and we deservedly saw the game out to start the year off with a tumultuous bang.

Once again I am finding it tricky to pick my man of the match for today, and unlike Saturday it is all for the right reasons. I will opt for Anthony Dudley who was much more effective in his favoured position, as he was a great outlet who drifted in and out with his link-up play. On a few occasions I have been frustrated by him, but when he is on his game he can be such a clever player for us, and today he was at his best. His finish was tremendous too for our third goal as he struck the ball so well on the volley to cap off a terrific display by him. Matty Waters put in another exceptional performance, and although Joel Taylor is one of our best players, we didn’t miss him at all. Waters doesn’t play too often for us, but whenever he does he fails to disappoint as in my opinion he is one of our most improved players. His runs on the left hand side caused Southport all kinds of issues, he tracked back well, made some brilliant tackles, and assisted Simon Grand’s header. Akwasi Asante comes at a close third as he was deadly in front of goal with his two finishes that played a big role in the game. He could have had a couple more too, whilst alongside him Matty Hughes linked up really well as he stretched Southport out wide with his pace, and enabled Asante to get into some promising positions. Defensively we were assured and were a tough side to break down, as we were more compact when needed and made some important blocks. Finally, in midfield we bossed the game because both the Gary’s - Stopforth and Roberts, had a comfortable day by dictating most of the play.

Prior to this double-header it’s fair to say that we weren’t looking forward to the prospect of playing against one of our ‘bogey teams’ twice in the space of a week, but we have mustered maximum points against them which should give us a bout of confidence. Next up is an away match at Guiseley on Saturday which will be tougher than we first feared. The Lions have recorded three wins in a row over the past week (the polar opposite of Southport’s form), as they have defeated promotion-chasing sides Farsley Celtic and York City. This will be my fifth visit to Nethermoor Park which is a dire ground, but today’s excellent showing will give me some excitement. On my four visits we have drew every single one of them, so hopefully we will get a win there for once.


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post Jan 2 2020, 12:47 AM
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"an analepsis of our clinical displays"

Who got a thesaurus for Christmas then? biggrin.gif


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post Jan 2 2020, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (3mm @ Jan 2 2020, 12:47 AM) *
"an analepsis of our clinical displays"

Who got a thesaurus for Christmas then? biggrin.gif

Not me 😁😁😉.


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post Jan 2 2020, 02:26 PM
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My match vlog:
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