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Royston Town V Chester FC - Match Thread #43 - Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 10 2020, 08:15 AM
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Our cup journey resumes tomorrow as we make the venture to Hertfordshire to play Royston Town away in the Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Round where we look to record our fourth consecutive win. We are starting to put a nice run together in this competition now, having already defeated Brackley Town and Hednesford Town. This will be another banana skin tomorrow though, as our opponents have beaten two higher league clubs to get to this stage, so we must put out our strongest team to avoid a big upset.

Our last match was on Tuesday night as we beat Stockport Town 1-0 at home in the Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round in what was a rather mediocre game of football. The first half was quite average as our opponents gave us a good game, and ten minutes in Yousuf Abdullah scored a disallowed goal for Stockport Town to give us a warning sign. Meanwhile, the second period wasn’t much better than the first due to little goalmouth action, but ten minutes in Danny Elliott made it 1-0 to us thanks to a wicked deflection. Stockport Town still tried to fight back though, and substitute Rourke Neal dinked a shot against the crossbar to almost equalise for them. We were more comfortable in possession though, and did enough to secure our spot in the last eight.

Royston Town ply their trade in the BetVictor Southern Premier League Central and are having a brilliant season in both the league and the cup. Our opponents play just one division below us, which is the same league that Hednesford Town play in, who we dumped out in the last round. The Crows are certainly flying high in their league, as they sit in third place with two games in hand. If they win those two matches then they could reach the summit, and if they continue their momentum then they could be playing National League South football next season. Meanwhile, in the cup Royston have beaten the likes of Wealdstone and Boreham Wood to get to this stage, so once again they will raise their game to cause another shock against us tomorrow.

In general I can’t wait for this as it will be our first Southern match for a while, and a new ground to visit too. We should have enough quality to progress as we have the ability to play good football, and we have been very solid at the back lately. However, we need to be switched on mentally because psychologically it’s important we avoid an upset. After this stage the FA Trophy will only consist of 16 teams so it’s starting to feel a little bit more important now. We have a decent chance of progressing, so it’s important we don’t blow it now as we are building a nice run in this. Come On You Blues!

Score: Royston Town (Adams) 1-2 Chester FC (Dudley, Stopforth)

Attendance: 759 (173 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Jones Grand Taylor
Jackson Stopforth G.Roberts
Dudley
Hughes Asante

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 10 2020, 11:10 PM
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My match preview:
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Includes how we got on last time out, ground guide, plus tonnes more.


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 11 2020, 07:25 PM
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That ‘’performance’’ was Dunston UTS and East Thurrock United blended into one as it was embarrassingly dreadful. Our pathetic attitude of expecting it to be a walk in the park cost us terribly again today, because we just never turned up at all and played some awful dirge. Royston Town more than deserved their win because they were committed, they actually wanted to win the cup tie, and they could actually string a pass together, unlike ourselves who can’t fit into any of the above. Any neutral would have us down as the step 7 team and Royston down as the step 6 side because the difference between both teams was frightening. In my opinion, this goes down as our worst display in the Bern and Jonno era because we were outfought and offered nothing even when it was 0-0. We need to change this cup mentality quickly because these ‘shock’ results are happening far too many times for it to just be a ‘one-off’. FA Trophy or not, I would have loved us to go to Wembley but once again we have cocked things up.

The first half was really poor to watch because most of the ball was played in the air, and it was a really tight, scrappy spectacle. There wasn’t a great deal in it, but I’d still say that Royston Town shaded it because they had more chances than us and had more of the ball. We, though, could barely string two passes together and were like shrinking violets. Yes, the pitch was sloping in all sorts of directions, but we simply cannot use that as an excuse as we have played on some poor surfaces in recent weeks without having any problems. In the opening stages of the game Gus Scott-Morris sent us an early warning sign as a free kick by him made Russ Griffiths palm it over. Adam Watkins emphatically fired over for the hosts as a shot from range at Garden Walk was aptly cannoned into a garden. Griffiths was called into action just under halfway through the half, as he held a dipping Brandon Adams volley. We finally had our first attempt a minute later, and it was a drastic one as Gary Roberts blazed his effort out of the ground - a bit similar to Watkins’ strike for Royston. Adams was involved again on the approach to the half hour mark as he slotted wide after running Kevin Roberts ragged. Our best chance of the game fell to Anthony Dudley who forced Harry Smart into a smart save from just five yards out. He really should have buried that, and to make things even more frustrating Matty Waters blazed the rebound over. Another opportunity came for us as James Jones was unable to recreate his goal at Guiseley by nodding wide, whilst at the other end Watkins went close again with a deflected attempt going over. Royston’s dominance continued to show, but to our credit Jones produced a superb block to head over a goal-bound Scott Bridges hit. It was a disappointing first half showing from us, and we weren’t finished there as worst was to come!

With us attacking down the slope and the wind being on our side you would think that things would go our way in the second period, but nope! As soon as the first goal went in we collapsed and were like rabbits in front of headlights. Royston Town fought really hard with their determination to deservedly win, but we were the polar opposite as we offered absolutely zilch and continued to smash the ball into the middle of nowhere. All three of Royston Town’s goals were scored thanks to comical defending, with the first one being netted by Matt Bateman to make it 1-0. Ben Martin headed across, and all Bateman had to do was finish the job with another deft header as we stood there like statues. Five minutes later, we conceded another soft goal as Josh Castiglione made it 2-0 to Royston Town with a diving header - again thanks to our inability to stay with our man. The hosts’ dominance kept on coming with Scott Bridges forcing Russ Griffiths into a low stop, whilst our first chance of the half fell to Matty Waters who was unable to finish from a free kick. We had another half chance as Danny Elliott fired wide from way out to sum up a day to forget. Royston Town weren’t finished though, as Matt Bateman bagged his second header of the game to make it 3-0. All three of Royston’s goals were scored by headers which shows just how incompetent we were at defending today, and our defence should be embarrassed by that. I have defended them a lot lately as they have been very solid and have kept a number of clean sheets, but they are allowed to have criticism aimed at them and today is one of those type of days. Our inability to react to our capitulation saw us deservedly lose.

Man of the match? You must be joking. The only player in blue who actually offered something was young Will Harrison when he came on, but other than that we were dross. Like I say Russ Griffiths was very poor today as he was beaten by three headers, and his kicking was off the boil. He has been excellent in recent weeks, but today he had to do loads better for Royston’s goals. No excuses! The distribution from our two centre halves was abysmal too as I’ve lost count on the amount of sliced clearances and hoofs upfield they made. In midfield we offered no ambition at all, as Royston were like lions and were up for the fight. We, though, gave the ball away umpteen times, made stupid fouls, and had no direction. Alas, we had no service up front at all and there wasn’t really any point in our strikers being on the field. Anthony Dudley missed a sitter at 0-0 that could have made the outcome a different story, but other than that I can’t recall any of our strikers actually doing anything.

So yet again we bow out of the FA Trophy against a side most of us wouldn’t have heard of prior to today (no disrespect to Royston Town, who are worthy of their place and I wish them the best of luck). In all fairness we did go on a ‘run’ as we actually managed to get past at least one round, but the way we got knocked out is still so annoying. Of course our main aim is to get promotion, but for those supporters who are saying ‘’ah well, let’s focus on the league’’, I disagree as we could have gone for both the league and the cup. Brackley Town did it (whilst finishing in the play-offs), Stockport County got to the semi-finals and won the league, and Lincoln City got to the semi-finals a couple of years back as well as going far in the FA Cup and winning the league. We have enough in our team to go for both, but today it was one of days where we thought it was going to be an easy 4-0 win, and we got what we deserved. Our next match is on Saturday as we play Leamington away in what will simply be a must-win match. Thankfully it won’t be as long a journey as it was today, but the most important thing is that we don’t let our heads drop too deep as we need to get a big reaction. I’m still two hours away from Chester, although it feels a whole lot longer!


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post Jan 12 2020, 04:33 PM
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