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> Leamington V Chester FC - Match Thread #44 - VNLN - 18/01/20
Leamington V Chester FC - Match Thread #44 - VNLN - 18/01/20
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 17 2020, 08:16 AM
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Attentions turn back to the league tomorrow as we make the trip to Warwickshire to take on Leamington away where we look to bounce back. Our performance and result was simply unacceptable last week, but our form in the league is still very strong so it’s important that we carry it on. Both Danny Livesey and Akwasi Asante have returned to training this week following a few games on the sidelines, so we could be handed a big boost. Also, we have had extra time to prepare for this clash as Leamington were in cup action on Tuesday so we need to take advantage of this.

Our last match was on Saturday as we lost 3-0 away at Royston Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Round in what was an abysmal display. The first period was a very poor affair because we struggled to get to grips with the pitch and never got into the game. Meanwhile, the second half was a calamity as awful defending helped us towards a shock defeat. Just minutes in Matt Bateman made it 1-0 to Royston Town as he headed in from a Ben Martin flick-on. Then, Josh Castiglione made it 2-0 to Royston Town with a diving header - again thanks to our inability to clear away. With not long to go Matt Bateman got his second to make it 3-0 to Royston Town as he scored yet another header. We just never got into the game at all and deservedly lost out.

Leamington have had an inconsistent season so far which sees them unsurprisingly sit in mid table. 14 points in the opening month saw The Brakes sit very high in the play-off places, but from September until the middle of November Leamington’s stock dropped with no wins in seven. Since then they have clawed some wins together to stay clear from the relegation zone, and they will want to keep that up, especially with top scorer Josh March leaving to sign for Forest Green Rovers just a few days ago.

The pitch at the New Windmill Ground will be difficult to play on - a bit like Royston’s - so we must adapt to it. This will be the third match played on it in under a week as on Tuesday Leamington played against Kingstonian in the FA Trophy, whilst just 24 hours later Birmingham City Youth had a match on it, so it’s likely to cut up tomorrow. If Danny Livesey is to start then that will be a big boost as he wins lots of headers, and we were very leaky at the back last week. We have never beaten Leamington before out of our three games, so hopefully we will turn that around. Looking forward to my second visit to the Phillips 66 Community Stadium. Come On City!

Score: Leamington 0-1 Chester FC (Jackson)

Attendance: 807 (253 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Stopforth G.Roberts
Hughes Dudley Elliott

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 18 2020, 02:47 AM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/dOsrleR9vII
Includes what happened in our last clash against Leamington, star man to watch, plus lots more.


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post Jan 18 2020, 07:11 PM
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That’s definitely 90 minutes of my life I won’t be getting back as it was a boring, bleak spectacle to watch today. Just like last week in Hertfordshire the ball spent most of its time in the air, and it got to the stage where both teams were contesting to be head tennis champions. A draw is a fair result because it was an even game, but I am disappointed with the outcome and our tactics because we should have offered a lot more. Our strong defensive approach took me by surprise when I first read our team news, and it certainly was a reason why we weren’t really playing for the win because we didn’t have any quality in the final third again. Anthony Dudley was so isolated without another strike partner, and we should know by now that he performs better with multiple bodies around him. Leamington were a tough side to play against and did their bit to earn a point. They were a very tall, physical outfit who gave us a couple of scares, but I still feel that we should have done a lot more this afternoon.

The first period was very cagey and compact, because the tight pitch resulted in a lot of duels with the ball rarely being passed on the ground. Our performance was very average because defensively we did what we needed to do, but we were far too lightweight at the other end with little service. Leamington started off the more brighter, but towards the 20th minute mark we did have a decent spell as we had four consecutive corners. The closest we went to breaking the deadlock was when Danny Livesey went inches close, as a strong header was tipped over by Jake Weaver. Our final corner was cleared out by Leamington following a low George Glendon delivery, and Brad Jackson’s attempt was one to forget as it sailed miles wide. At the other end Russ Griffiths was brought into action to tip a Kaiman Anderson corner over, whilst the Leamington forward went just as close before half time, as he fired into the side netting. Everything was still to play for as an uninspiring first 45 unsurprisingly delivered no goals.

To be fair the second half was a bit more lively as there was more goalmouth action at both ends. We had a couple of decent chances that could have bundled us over the line, but in my view we should have made our changes a lot earlier as that would have gave us a better chance. The first 15 minutes of the half remained uneventful, but the match began to creep into life as Danny Livesey headed just wide of the mark. Our improvements in the final third started to show as Joel Taylor went close on two occasions. First of all he lashed against the side netting, but his best chance came minutes later as he scuffed his shot from seven yards against Jake Weaver. Anthony Dudley missed a second sitter in as many games, as he fired against Weaver who pulled off a good save. Meanwhile, the hosts started to come to life at the other end as they were quite dangerous on both flanks. We survived a scare on the 73rd minute mark as it looked like Jack Edwards scored for Leamington, but thankfully it was disallowed for offside. On-loan Coventry City striker David Bremang’s effort was going wide following nice play by Connor Taylor, but Edwards’ tap-in at the back post was unable to stand as he was offside. Bremang was involved once again with time ticking as he lashed a fierce attempt towards goal, but Russ Griffiths did well to deny him with his legs at the near post. Livesey then headed another golden chance wide, but he did well to stave off Leamington at the other end as he intervened well to prevent a Junior English hit from creeping in. In the final minute of added time Kaiman Anderson went ever so close to pinching it, but he smashed over to give us relief. Either side could have won it, but a stalemate is a more fairer reflection on an encounter that was as stale as an out-of-date loaf of bread.

I will opt for Danny Livesey as my man of the match for today because he shored our defence up to earn a deserved fourth clean sheet in five. The less said about his finishing the better as about three headers went wide, although his defensive headers were a lot more consistent as he coped with Leamington’s physicality well. Russ Griffiths made a couple of decent saves to keep us in it and performed better than last week, although he needs to speed the timing of his goal kicks up as he took far too long to take them in the second half. Joel Taylor and Brad Jackson are usually our two standout players, although in my opinion they performed rather dismally today which doesn’t occur too often. A lot of Jackson’s final balls were too inconsistent, whilst Taylor wasn’t his usual self as he was found out by Leamington, who tracked him down well.

We have missed an opportunity to pile more pressure on York City who lost again today, and a win today would have got us even closer to closing the gap on them. Brackley Town’s win in Yorkshire now means that we drop down a place, and with them having a game in hand on us we really do need to get back into the top three. There wasn’t a great deal in today’s game which is why we must start putting these type of matches to bed, as we can’t afford to be dropping more points to mid table sides. Our next match is against Darlington at home on Saturday where we search for our first win in three. Darlo are on a roll as they have now snuck into the play-offs, which is why we will have to approach it a lot differently to the way we set ourselves up today. It feels like an age since we were last at home so hopefully we will get our confidence back by turning on the style - just like we did against Southport.


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post Jan 19 2020, 03:58 PM
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My match vlog:
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