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Chester FC V Darlington - Match Thread #45 - Vanarama National League
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 24 2020, 06:38 PM
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Our first league fixture at the 1885 Arena in almost a month takes place tomorrow as we entertain Darlington at home where we look to record our first win in three. Last weekend in Warwickshire we performed disappointingly as our defensive approach and lack of firepower in both midfield and up front cost us. We have been given a huge boost ahead of this one with the addition of John Johnston, who should be able to be thrown straight in if the FA ratify the deal in time. Our opponents are on a roll, but a lot of teams have been unsettled at the Deva this season, so we will have to do the same to Darlo by creating a noisy atmosphere and doing the talking on the pitch. With the play-offs now becoming tighter by the week, the pressure is now on us to string some wins together because the likes of Boston United and Darlington are on our heels, whilst it’s vital we climb back into the top three as Brackley Town have now broken into it.

Our last match was on Saturday as we drew 0-0 away at Leamington in what was a dire encounter. The first period was a really scrappy and tight affair as the ball spent most of its time in the air. Meanwhile, the second half was a bit more lively as there was more goalmouth action, but our lack of quality was still our main weakness. With around 20 minutes left on the clock it looked like Jack Edwards made it 1-0 to Leamington, but fortunately it was disallowed for offside. All in all a draw was a fair reflection in a clash that failed to get going.

Darlington will be making the journey from County Durham having had a strong season so far. The Quakers had a mass overhaul in the Summer as former Blyth Spartans boss Alun Armstrong jumped ship to join Darlo, who snapped up strong players such as Will Hatfield, Jarrett Rivers, and Adam Campbell. It took a while for Darlington’s new squad to gel together, but they went on an eight match unbeaten run between September and November to storm up the table, which came to no real surprise as most people tipped them to do well this campaign. However, our opponents hit a bump after that purple patch, as they only managed to pick up one win in seven in the lead up to the festive season. Seven league wins in eight has saw Darlo climb up the table once again, as they now sit in a strong position inside the play-offs. Darlington will be hoping to keep that consistency going, although it’s vital we do record maximum points in this as they aren’t far behind us at all.

It has been almost a month since our last league match at the Deva, which is why we will have to turn on the style again against fellow play-off opponents, just like we did against Southport (who were a strong team at the time). We have two tough away trips coming up after this, so in order to take bags of confidence over the Pennines we will need to put on a consistent 90 minute show tomorrow. Royston Town aside we haven’t had any issues defensively - it’s just our strikers who need to step up now. Up The Seals!

Score: Chester FC (Grand, Asante) 2-1 Darlington (Donawa)

Attendance: 2,042 (238 Darlington)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson G.Roberts Stopforth Johnston
Dudley Asante

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 25 2020, 12:05 AM
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My match preview:
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Includes our latest transfer news, how both outfits have got on lately, plus much more.


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post Jan 25 2020, 11:09 PM
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Loads better by us today as an assured defence and a clinical frontline put our recent disappointing results behind us to well and truly get us back on track. Darlington were a decent side to be honest, as they moved the ball around well and were one of the better teams to come to the 1885 Arena this season. However, we put them to the sword without playing outstandingly well, which puts out another statement and continues our healthy record against the top sides. Our backline continued their formidable start to the new year by carrying on their run of no goals conceded in the decade, but what I am most pleased about today is how our attackers clicked together. The goals have dried up for us lately, but we played in a system that worked for everybody today, with them all reaping their rewards to put our recent blip behind. We simply had to win this one today, so we can breathe a little bit more lightly now as we are back in the top three, and have stopped fellow play-off rivals from taking valuable points.

The first period was very open, which was a lot more bearable to watch than Leamington as that was really cagey. In general it was an enjoyable encounter to endure, because on the whole both sides used the width of our pitch to play some fast, expansive football. John Johnston’s first piece of action in a blue shirt came a few minutes in as he slotted wide from a long Joel Taylor throw. Our early signs of promise came to fruition on the 12th minute mark, as Brad Jackson scored a pearler of a solo goal to make it 1-0 to us. He won the ball back from Darlington on the halfway line, dribbled with it for 30 yards, then near the edge of the area he unleashed a rocket into the far left corner. Our opponents started to liven things up in their search for an equaliser, as they were a quick side on the break and used both flanks to get some balls in. Justin Donawa, who scored in the reverse fixture, missed a golden chance for Darlo as he lobbed the ball over from a few yards out. At the other end Anthony Dudley had the ball in the net for us, but the flag was already up for offside. Gary Roberts had a dominant display in the middle, and he carved a fine ball over the top to find Brad Jackson, whose looping header resulted in Chris Elliott tipping over. Simon Grand was the next to try and double our lead, but he lashed over when he should have taken his time. Overall it was quite an even first half, but we delivered when it really mattered which was the difference.

Meanwhile, our second half performance was even better as a couple of well-worked set-pieces saw us get the job done, and we used the possession to more effect. We were dominant on the wings to rip Darlington apart, as once our second goal in they lost their belief. Just under 10 minutes into the half Gary Stopforth was unlucky to not have doubled our lead as a strong volley whistled wide. Three minutes later we effectively sealed the game as Akwasi Asante poked home from a Joel Taylor corner to make it 2-0 to us. All of a sudden the floodgates opened, because to cap-off a perfect start to the half, Danny Livesey made it 3-0 to us. Joel Taylor bagged his second assist in as many minutes, as he whipped a free kick in towards Livesey, who nodded in before a rather painful landing. Darlington were dead and buried, but they still searched for a consolation as Stephen Thompson lashed past the target. John Johnston came on leaps and bounds in the second 45, and he did superbly to pick out Gary Roberts who forced Chris Elliott to tip around the post from range. Livesey was an absolute warrior today, and despite going down numerous times he carried on with a standout moment being the block he made to deny Thompson, with Russ Griffiths saving the follow up from Adam Campbell. Taylor’s set pieces were brilliant today, and he went inches close to being involved in a third goal, as a curling free kick was parried out by Elliott. In the final few moments we made a few clever moves with multiple crosses going just inches away from finding connections to further our advantage, but there was to be no more with us deservedly winning.

Every single player in blue played their part in today’s big win, with multiple names being discussed for our man of the match. I am going to go for Brad Jackson who was back to his very best after an inconsistent past couple of games. He harried Darlington throughout the game to cause them a plethora of issues, and his strike to make it 1-0 was immense. It was Jacko at his best because he ran with the ball for almost half of the pitch before unleashing an unstoppable hit. Danny Livesey comes at a close second as he battled on despite playing through the pain barrier. He went down three times due to a head injury, but with Danny being Danny he brushed that aside and carried on like a true committed blue. For our third goal he put his head in when it really mattered to bag a deserved goal, and he played a big role in securing a FIFTH clean sheet of 2020 alongside Simon Grand. Grandy put his body on the line by making a number of blocks and headers. Also, a particular standout moment was when he fooled Justin Donawa in the first half by dummying him with the drop of the shoulder, which certainly was a humorous one. John Johnston performed well on his debut and shown flashes of what we hope is to come. He gave the ball away a couple of times in the first half, but he was much improved in the second as he worked really hard and put some good balls in. Gary Roberts was consistent in midfield because he knocked the ball around well and was involved a lot. It was probably a sensible move to take him off as things began to get a little bit heated, but once again he performed well today. The likes of Joel Taylor and Anthony Dudley were excellent too, as were our whole team.

We have two really tricky away matches coming up which is why it is crucial we won today, as it will give us renewed confidence. Our next match is on Tuesday night as we play Gateshead away in what will certainly be a testing game. The Heed have performed solidly this season and are somewhat of a bogey team to us, but with the squad we have I believe we can record our first ever win up there. There is no reason why we can’t because they haven’t exactly set the world alight, and at this stage I would settle for at least a draw. If so, then that (alongside today’s success of course) will definitely add a few extra numbers to our following at York City on Saturday. Can’t wait for both of these games now, especially after today.


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post Jan 26 2020, 03:41 PM
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My match vlog:
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