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Chester FC V Stockport Town - Match Thread #42 - Cheshire Senior Cup 2
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 6 2020, 08:15 AM
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Attentions turn to the cup as we entertain Stockport Town at home tomorrow night in the Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round in what will be the first of two cup games in the space of a few days. Obviously Saturday’s match at Royston Town will be more important so our key players will hopefully get a deserved rest tomorrow.

Our last match was on Saturday as we beat Guiseley 1-0 away where we came out as deserved winners. We just about shaded the first half as we started off as the better team, and 11 minutes in James Jones made it 1-0 to us by heading in at the back stick. With half time nearing, we went millimetres away from making it 2-0 as Simon Grand struck the crossbar. Meanwhile, the second half didn’t really consist of too many chances, despite Guiseley pushing for that equaliser. A resolute defensive display kept our lead intact as we made a number of crucial blocks.

Stockport Town will be making the trip from Greater Manchester having had a solid campaign thus far. They play in the North West Counties League Division One South which is four leagues below us, but they currently sit in 9th place which is decent. The Lions were only formed back in 2014, which was just a year before Stockport Sports were dissolved. That coincides with where Stockport play, as their home ground is at the Stockport Sports Village in Woodley. So-called Wrexham supporter Robbie Savage signed for Stockport back in November, which could make things tasty tomorrow.

In the last round at Runcorn Town we put a mixture of younger and fringe players out, which worked really well as we battered Runcorn 7-0. With Stockport playing one division below Runcorn it would make sense to take the same approach again. The likes of Stuart Crilly and Louis Hayes particularly impressed me at Runcorn, and Jonno confirmed in his interview the other day that Scott Burton will be getting a runout too. Come On You Blues!

Score: Chester FC (Elliott, Burton, Thomson, Murray) 4-0 Stockport Town

Attendance: 373 (15 Stockport Town)

My predicted lineup:
T.Roberts
Thomson Jones Macready Molyneux
Hayes Burton Cottrell
Crilly
Murray Elliott

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 6 2020, 10:19 PM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/dyVUH2qZRL8
Includes the latest form guides for both sides, a key Stockport player to watch out for, plus much more.


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 7 2020, 10:38 PM
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We made hard work out of what was a drab affair, but I’d say we just about did enough to progress to the 3rd round as we didn’t have to get into second gear. Stockport Town were a decent side to their credit, and they certainly made things tough for us by closing us down and breaking up the play. We fielded quite a strong team so we should have been winning by a few more, but to be honest quite a few of our players would have had one part of their mind set on Saturday’s more important cup game. Despite the game lacking a lot in quality, it is another win and another clean sheet for us, which continues our promising start to the new decade.

The first period was average at best, as there weren’t many chances on offer or much to get excited about. In the first couple of minutes we already had a decent chance to get a breakthrough, as Josh Ollerenshaw did well to deny Stuart Crilly after nice play by Elton Ngwatala. At the other end of the pitch Yousuf Abdullah had Stockport Town’s first opportunity of the clash, but Russ Griffiths was there to prevent him. Meanwhile, Joel Taylor capitalised on a decent Scott Burton ball to find Ngwatala, but he was unable to convert as he ended up slipping onto his backside. Yousuf Abdullah did actually have the ball in the net for Stockport Town, but fortunately the linesman already disallowed it for offside. Chances died down after that as both us and Stockport spent more time on the ball than trying to create openings. We were a bit narrow on the left hand side as Stockport did enjoy some spells where they had more space out wide, however Taylor and Danny Elliott created some nice link-up play for us at the opposite end. On the approach to the half hour mark, we almost made it 1-0 as a header by Elliott was stopped by Ollerenshaw, although it did briefly look like he fumbled the ball over the line. George Glendon’s first shot of the game sailed miles over, but Ngwatala went close to breaking the deadlock as a fierce hit from range forced a strong stop out of Stockport’s custodian. Things were still level at the break with plenty of work to do in the second period.

In my opinion the second half wasn’t much better than the first, because again there wasn’t much goalmouth action at all. On the ball though we were much more comfortable, and once we got in front we were in control of possession more than our opponents were. After a quiet start Russ Griffiths was called into action, as he did really well to block Lee Grimshaw from scoring. Just a minute later though, we stormed up the other end of the pitch which saw Danny Elliott make it 1-0 to us, as he fired into the roof of the net. Substitute Rourke Neal immediately searched for a Stockport Town equaliser, but once again Griffiths kept us at bay as he got a strong hand behind the ball. Stockport weren’t giving up the fight, and they so nearly got an equaliser as Alexander King headed wide from a matter of yards. Rourke Neal went even closer for Stockport Town - this time striking the crossbar to give us something to think about. To Stockport’s due they pushed us, although Cain Noble went close to putting the tie to bed as he slotted wide from close range. That was the final action of the encounter, as we just about got over the line to progress.

I will pick Elton Ngwatala as my man of the match for tonight because he was involved a lot more in the middle. Particularly in the first half he made some nice moves, and got into some decent positions to fire shots towards goal. Russ Griffiths made a few smart saves when needed, and picked up his third consecutive clean sheet to carry on his formidable start to 2020. Jake Hampson caught my eye when he came on towards the end of the game, because he made some nice touches and dribbles to cause Stockport one or two problems.

Our nemesis Altrincham are already out of this competition having lost away at Stalybridge Celtic, so thankfully we can’t get them. Attentions now turn to the Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Round as we make the away journey to Royston Town on Saturday in what will be our next game. It will be no easy game as Royston have a very strong home record, and have knocked out Wealdstone and Boreham Wood who play in leagues above them. I can’t wait for it now as it’s been a while since we last had a Southern away game.


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post Jan 8 2020, 06:15 PM
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My match vlog:
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