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Guiseley V Chester FC - Match Thread #41 - Vanarama National League No
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 3 2020, 12:26 PM
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We hit the road for the first time of the year tomorrow where we will make the trip to Yorkshire to take on Guiseley away where we look to continue our perfect start to the decade. A fine run of form has saw our opponents climb back up to the table where they are on the fringes of the play-off places, so this won’t be as straightforward as we think. Guiseley are quite a direct team with a few tough, physical players in their side, and the pitch at Nethermoor is very small, unlike ours that enables us to play quick, expansive football. We will have to adapt to it, as we will be hoping to emulate our brilliant performance from a couple of days ago.

Our last match was on Wednesday as we hammered Southport 4-0 at home in what was a morale-boosting success. We looked decent in some stages of the first half as we had more of the ball and had more space around Southport’s penalty area. The visitors did have the odd spell, but it was us who took the lead as Simon Grand headed in before half time to make it 1-0 to us. Meanwhile, the second period was loads better because our style of play was much more quicker, and some of the football we produced was a joy to watch. Just two minutes into the half, Akwasi Asante made it 2-0 to us as he capitalised on a Charlie Albinson parry to latch on to the loose ball. Former Guiseley man Anthony Dudley then made it 3-0 to us, as he struck home a sublime volley on the edge of the area. With time running out for Southport, Akwasi Asante got his second of the game to make it 4-0 to us, as he did really well to fire into the far corner. The opposition didn’t have a sniff that saw us deservedly win.

Guiseley have performed well this season which sees them sit quite comfortably in the top ten. The Lions almost got relegated for the second consecutive campaign last time out, but they managed to fend it off by finishing one place above the drop. Expectations weren’t too high going into this one, but it’s fair to say that Guiseley are doing a lot better than most anticipated as they have spent most of the season in and around the top seven. Prior to Christmas Guiseley saw their promising start fade away with no wins in six, but they are now fighting back having won three on the bounce to complete a memorable Christmas period for them. Our opponents beat promotion-chasing Farsley Celtic twice and York City on their own patch, so they are certainly no pushovers. One player we must look out for is Chris Sang, who has been hitting the high notes whilst on loan from Barnsley. The striker only joined towards the end of December, but has already found the net twice having scored a screamer in their home win against Farsley Celtic, whilst he bagged the winner in the return fixture at The Citadel on Wednesday. We will be up against one former blue tomorrow, and that is Marcus Bignot who is Guiseley’s joint-manager alongside Russ O’Neill. Marcus was here as our manager between 2017 and 2018 having replaced Jon McCarthy. Most of the damage was already done, but unfortunately Marcus was unable to pick us up as that season ended in relegation. He has been at Guiseley as their manager from 2018 up until now, and is also a coach for England Under-18’s.

We have drew against Guiseley in four of our five visits to Nethermoor Park, so it’s important we start grinding out the wins now as we have a string of winnable fixtures coming up. I’d stick with a similar side to the one that played on Wednesday, and if Danny Livesey is fit then he should replace James Jones who is a bit lightweight. Come On City!

Score: Guiseley 0-2 Chester FC (Livesey, Waring)

Attendance: 848 (264 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Waters
Jackson Stopforth G.Roberts
Dudley
Hughes Asante

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 4 2020, 03:29 AM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/_ilsekFOhKM
Includes what happened when we last played against Guiseley, what happened when we last played an actual match, plus bags more.


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 4 2020, 10:08 PM
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Another brilliant result that caps off a tremendous few days for our club. Our defence won us this game today because they wore their hearts on their sleeves, dug in deep, and recorded a deserved second consecutive clean sheet. Russ Griffiths and co had a lot of criticism aimed at them earlier on in the season, but they have come on leaps and bounds ever since. Also, it goes to show how much they have improved as we have the third best defensive record in our league. We weren’t spectacular today, but on the basis of the entire game we were the better side and were worthy of the win. Guiseley were a direct side (as we expected) and could have easily snatched an equaliser. However, it was a case of our excellent defending and their poor product in the final third that let them down.

The first period was broken up into different stages, but overall we performed relatively well. We started off as the better side and for the first ten minutes we were dominant. In midfield we broke Guiseley down and picked out spots where we could run in behind and have a good go at them, which worked. James Jones was involved a lot in the early stages, and five minutes in he wasn’t a million miles away from putting us in front as a header missed the target. Six minutes later though James Jones didn’t have any problems this time as he deservedly made it 1-0 to us. It was a similarly-worked goal to Simon Grand’s header the other day, as the corner from Matty Waters went in to the back post where a rising Jones thumped in. Last Saturday against Curzon Ashton Brad Jackson cut inside only for him to hit a low shot, and he did so again today as a tame hit didn’t worry Marcus Dewhurst. For the next 20 minutes though Guiseley began to come out on top, as we sat back a bit too deep which allowed them to attack us. They didn’t really muster too many attempts, but it was clear that they were eager to find a way back into the match. We, on the other hand, were much better at mustering chances, and Waters tried to find the net as he was denied by Guiseley’s ‘keeper. With minutes to go before half time Simon Grand was a whisker away from doubling our advantage, as he powered a header against the crossbar. Our first half display was enough for us to be in front at the interval.

Meanwhile, the second period didn’t muster many chances again as Guiseley in particular didn’t have enough quality when it really mattered. They gave it a good old go though, but it was our resolute defence that was the difference. It took us over 10 minutes for us to create our first effort, as a decent Gary Stopforth ball found Anthony Dudley whose attempt was saved by Marcus Dewhurst. The former Guiseley man had another opportunity not long after, as he fired a chance over from 20 yards out. Brad Jackson was the next to almost double our lead, as a beautiful Gary Roberts ball found Jacko whose effort was deflected for a corner. The hosts failed to muster a single shot on target this afternoon, but they still threatened as Scott Smith slotted past the target near the edge of the box. Despite nine minutes being added on and Guiseley throwing everything, we deservedly held on to bring the precious points back to Cheshire.

This man of the match thing has become very tough to call in recent matches, and it is once again today. For me James Jones was our best player because his overall performance was much improved compared to how he played on Wednesday. He was rather average against Southport, but today he won every header and battled against Guiseley’s physicality so well. To top it off he netted our winner which could prove to be a huge moment in our season. Kevin Roberts put in one of his best performances since re-joining us in the Summer, because he ran for ever ball on the right, made some vital blocks, and stopped a number of crosses from going in. The other Roberts, Gary, was outstanding too because he was so energetic and made some lovely deliveries all over the pitch. Perhaps he has had a lucky haircut! Anthony Dudley put in another promising display on his return to Nethermoor, and was unfortunate on a couple of occasions to not have found the net. Our managers stuck to their guns today by naming an unchanged team, and it worked to our strengths as we have beaten two decent outfits with that same team. Hopefully we have finally found a team that can click in the right system.

Attentions temporarily return to the cup as our next match is on Tuesday night where we play Stockport Town at home in the Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round. Obviously we are bound to name a weakened side for this so that we can rest our strongest team for our most important cup match of the week, which is at Royston Town on Saturday. Against Runcorn Town in the last round we put out a mixture of fringe and youth, and they blended really well together to come home with a 7-0 win. I expect us to take a similar approach on Tuesday, especially due to the fact that Stockport play a division below Runcorn.


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post Jan 5 2020, 04:18 PM
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My match vlog:
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