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Rio Doherty
post Jan 31 2020, 04:28 PM
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Attentions move on to our second consecutive away trip as we make the journey to Yorkshire tomorrow to take on York City away where we look to bounce back. Can see this being a very tight game with not much in it - just like it was in October. We will have to come up with a strategy to get the balls past Steve McNulty, and I really hope that our managers and players have learnt a lot from last time. Far too many times in that game we pumped it up for him to easily head away, so this time we must man-mark him and play the ball on the ground to make him work, because in that clash he barely broke a sweat. It’s not rocket science. This is a big game anyway, because we desperately need to put points on the board as we have three teams immediately behind us who are at our heels. We missed a huge opportunity on Tuesday night, so we must perform a lot better tomorrow to get a result.

Our last match was on Tuesday night as we lost 2-0 away at Gateshead in what was a really disappointing result. The first half was very proposing by us, particularly in the opening 15 minutes when we were on top. However, our display in the second period was really frustrating because we dropped far too deep and barely mustered a single chance. 20 minutes into the half Jordan Preston made it 1-0 to Gateshead by curling into the bottom corner on the edge of the area. 10 minutes later our defeat was confirmed by debutant Ruairi Keating, as he powered in a header to make it 2-0 to Gateshead. We improved slightly in the final few moments of the game, but it was nowhere near enough.

York City have unsurprisingly spent the whole season in the top two, as a strong budget resulted in them signing impressive players such as Steve McNulty, Andy Bond, and Elliott Durrell. However, that hasn’t been enough as The Minstermen sit behind King’s Lynn Town who seem to be running away with the league title. Tomorrow’s opponents started off the campaign on fire as they were the pacesetters up until November, as they recorded their first defeat of the season at lowly Curzon Ashton. York have struggled to rediscover their consistency from the opening months, as since that Curzon game they have lost three times which has dampened their title hopes. It will still be a very difficult game for us tomorrow though, especially with us being up against two former blues. Firstly, centre midfielder Andy Bond signed for City in the Summer having had a spell here back in 2014. He has been a regular fixture for York, whilst the other former player is right winger Elliott Durrell who joined our opponents in September. Elliott was here between 2016-17 where he was foolishly released by Jon McCarthy, and enjoyed a successful spell at Macclesfield Town after that. He hasn’t featured too many times for York, but he did bag a goal off the bench in their win over AFC Telford United a couple of weeks ago.

It is important that we take advantage of York’s recent stutter, especially with them losing at home to fellow play-off rivals Guiseley and Darlington. I can’t see us catching them, but what is more vital is that we break away from the likes of Boston United and Brackley Town to strengthen our chances of finishing in the top three. As expected we will be taking a large following tomorrow, so hopefully our lads won’t let us down. I predict both teams to cancel each other out for most of the game, with us nicking it very late on. Up The Seals!

Score: York City 0-1 Chester FC (Dudley)

Attendance: 3,772 (637 Chester FC)

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

COYB!

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post Jan 31 2020, 11:34 PM
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post Feb 1 2020, 09:22 PM
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We just never turn up to big games, and once again we failed today. Defensively we were tragic as we conceded four really soft goals, which needs sorting promptly. The two goals we conceded at Gateshead on Tuesday were preventable, especially their second which was a free header. I expected us to cut those mistakes out today, but we didn’t which brings great disappointment and frustration. We simply can’t make a single excuse about this, because we were beaten by the better side and have only ourselves to blame. The actual match itself was action-packed as there was plenty of drama, but unfortunately our poor showing has taken the gloss out of that. York City deservedly won today (as much as it pains me to say it), because they took advantage of our silly errors and had lots of confidence behind them. For us, though, we have missed another opportunity to take points off our play-off rivals for the second game in a row, as we now drop a place to 4th. The margins are very tight now, and we are far from secure as only four points separate us from 8th.

There were certainly plenty of talking points in the first period, but on the whole it was one to forget for us as we trailed by an emphatic scoreline at the break. It was the hosts who came out of the blocks earlier than us as they moved the ball around quickly and pressed us well. We struggled to get going as we were shaky at the back, and whenever we had the ball we lacked any ideas. New signing Kurt Willoughby was immediately involved for York City in the opening minute, as he scooped over from a corner to give us a warning sign. In the 4th minute we foreshadowed what was to come, as the first of a few nervy moments arrived as a mix-up between Russ Griffiths and Simon Grand resulted in Willoughby firing over. Our slow start turned into reality before the 10th minute, as Sean Newton headed in from a corner to make it 1-0 to York City - similar to Ruairi Keating’s goal on Tuesday. To our credit, we responded really well as Jamie Morgan bagged a superb goal for us to make it 1-1. We went on a brilliant counter attack as Akwasi Asante raced the ball up the pitch to Morgan, who cut inside to fire into the far left corner. In midfield we weren’t too bad after that, because we did make some good moves and passed the ball around quite well. However, our defensive problems were still evident as halfway though the half York City retook the lead to make it 2-1. Our attempt of clearing the ball away wouldn’t look out of place on a comedic sketch, as we headed the ball about 5 times only for it to remain in the penalty area, which resulted in Kieran Green picking up the pieces with a powerful header into the near corner. York City thought they increased their advantage five minutes later, but thankfully Jordan Burrow’s goal was disallowed for offside. We did show glimpses of promise on the ball as we actually played some decent stuff in possession, but our inaccurate crosses was our major downfall as the majority of them were either blocked or went wide. At the other end Burrow was involved again for our opponents, as a weak header by him was straight at Griffiths. Brad Jackson had a decent opportunity for us in front of the home faithful as he did really well to catch the ball on the volley, but Pete Jameson got down well to deny him. Seconds after Joel Taylor lashed a hit miles over, but things got from bad to worse at the other end as Kurt Willoughby made it 3-1 to York City. Once again it was an easy goal, as Green’s cross went in towards Willoughby who simply tapped in at the back post. We had a huge mountain to climb going into the second 45 as we made things very hard for ourselves.

The second half was less frantic, but we still offered very little up top, and on the wings we continued with our poor deliveries. Less than 10 minutes into the period George Glendon gave us a lifeline to make it 3-2, as he capitalised on a poor York City clearance to smash in. On the hour mark though, we received another sucker punch as Kurt Willoughby netted his second of the game to make it 4-2 to York City. The cross by Sean Newton went in which resulted in Kurt heading across the face of goal, whilst at the same time we backed off and failed to clear the ball away. To cap-off a forgettable day at the office, Jamie Morgan got sent off for us by picking up his second booking, which came to great shame considering he scored a lovely goal earlier on. York’s dominance continued as Willoughby was denied by Russ Griffiths, whilst Dan Maguire went close to adding further misery to us as he slotted past the post. With time ticking, Akwasi Asante was unable to grab a consolation as he lashed over following a long Joel Taylor throw. We didn’t get one, and overall we were simply not good enough as we deservedly recorded our first back-to-back defeats of the campaign.

I did say prior to this game that I wanted George Glendon to start, and fair play to our managers for picking him. I don’t agree with some of their other choices, but George played relatively well so I will opt for him as my man of the match. He was involved a lot on the ball, made a couple of nice moves, and pulled a goal back for us (it’s just a shame that we never kicked on from there). Elton Ngwatala made his first start for a while, and he didn’t have a bad game really as he was sharp like he was at Gateshead. I’m struggling to pick out many more positives really, because on the flip side the burden mostly lies with our defence. Simon Grand had his worst game in a while as his tracking back was poor, his headers were all over the place, and he gave the ball away too many times. Russ Griffiths has been very solid lately, but today and on Tuesday he brought back memories of earlier on in the season where he had very nervy moments. He was hesitant again today because he rarely went off his line for corners and crosses, which is one of the key aspects in goalkeeping. Something needs to be worked on in training as we can’t afford to have him making the same errors again, because other than that he is a good shot stopper. Scott Burton was pretty poor too, and I don’t understand why we thrown him straight into a huge game when he has been absent for months. I personally would have played Gary Roberts in place of him, and instead make Burton start next week against lesser opponents. He just didn’t do enough to impress me, because he was a bit too slow on the ball and gave it a way a tad too much.

Bitterly disappointed about how things fared on the pitch, because other than the game it was a brilliant day out. The atmosphere we generated was incredible (even when we were losing, which to be fair was most of the match). If only we could replicate that at home! I’m just beginning to feel a bit anxious as we have a real case to be looking over our shoulders now. It’s worthless looking too far above us as we are not going to finish in the top two, but the play-offs are ever so tight now. We have big games coming up against the likes of Gateshead, Brackley Town, Altrincham, and Boston United that will give us an idea on where we will end up. Our next match is on Saturday where we play Blyth Spartans at home where we must bounce back. We have recorded back-to-back defeats for the first time this season so I will be very interested to see how we respond. Blyth are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table so we must not underestimate them, otherwise we could be in for another Curzon Ashton. Hopefully, though, we will be on our game as on our day we can easily blitz teams apart.


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post Feb 2 2020, 04:52 PM
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