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Chester FC V Blyth Spartans - Match Thread #48 - Vanarama National Lea
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Rio Doherty
post Feb 7 2020, 11:47 AM
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On the back of two miserable journeys over the Pennines we return to the Deva tomorrow as we host Blyth Spartans at home where we look to put our defensive troubles behind us. We have simply not been good enough in that department lately, so hopefully we have worked on set pieces in training in order for us to put things right. At home we show no fear as we score goals for fun and make the 1885 Arena a fortress, but our away form has stalled of late which is why we are in the position that we are in. We can’t afford to turn up to tomorrow’s game thinking that we are going to walk it, because you only have to look at the Curzon Ashton game to see what happened there.

Our last match was on Saturday as we lost 4-2 away at York City in what was a very action-packed encounter. The first half was entertaining to an extent, but for us it wasn’t as much because a series of defensive frailties saw us have a mountain to climb. We got off to an awful start as towards the 10th minute Sean Newton headed in from a corner to make it 1-0 to York City. However, at the other end we got an immediate response as Jamie Morgan slotted into the far corner for us to make it 1-1. The hosts were having none of it though, as Kieran Green powered in a header to make it 2-1 to York City, following our comical attempt of clearing the ball away. Moments later York City almost got a third as Jordan Burrow tapped in, but thankfully it was disallowed for offside. Before the interval though we were dealt another blow as Kurt Willoughby poked in to make it 3-1 to York City. Meanwhile, the second period was less eventful, but we still couldn’t keep the goals out as our opponents continued their dominance. George Glendon gave us a fighting chance by smashing in to make it 3-2, although our faint hopes disappeared as Kurt Willoughby headed in to make it 4-2 to York City. Our bad afternoon continued as Jamie Morgan got sent off for us due to picking up his second yellow card. Our chances of making another fightback faded away as we deservedly got beat.

Blyth Spartans will be making the trip from Northumberland having endured a woeful season so far. The Spartans have spent the majority of it in the relegation zone - having lost manager Alun Armstrong and a number of their players who achieved a play-off finish last season. Former Birmingham City and Blackpool boss Lee Clark has been in the hot seat at Croft Park since June, but even his EFL experience hasn’t been able to help Blyth - who were dealt an even bigger blow as their best player, Callum Roberts, signed for Notts County last month. Only three points separate tomorrow’s opponents from out-of-form Gloucester City so anything could happen in the relegation battle, but Blyth will have to turn on the style to avoid a return to step 7.

We recorded our first back-to-back defeat of the season last Saturday, so it is vital that we don’t continue our sticky run of form. The play-offs are so tight now with the likes of Boston United, Altrincham, and Spennymoor Town all on red hot form, so if we want to keep our place in the top 7 then we must replicate the form of the above. Our strikers need to step up too as we have hit blanks in three of our last five, so they must be firing on all cylinders as the goals have dried up a bit of late. Come On City!

Score: Chester FC (Asante, Glendon, G.Roberts) 3-1 Blyth Spartans (Fenwick)

Attendance: 1,817 (56 Blyth Spartans)

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

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Feb 8 2020, 12:04 AM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/RWRN7C12UDw
Includes the latest blues news, the goals from our last meeting with Blyth Spartans, plus loads more.


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post Feb 8 2020, 11:14 PM
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We had to do it the hard way, but overall we were full value for our win, even though we could have easily made things easier for ourselves by killing it off at an earlier stage. Thankfully our opponents were very poor because on another day a better side would have punished us for some of the lazy mistakes we made. The swirling conditions certainly didn’t help as the second half in particular was very stop-start. Despite it not being the best of games, the most important thing is that we got the three points, which is all that matters as we have managed to stop the rot. Blyth Spartans were a toothless side as they truly shown just why they are near the bottom. They were quite a dirty side too because they had a reputation of pushing our players over, and their centre half was all over Akwasi Asante for the entire game. Blyth reminded me a bit like Leamington, but thankfully we managed to get the job done this time.

Our first half display was very dominant as we maintained the majority of the possession, and to be fair we should have found the net a few more times. We were prone to the odd misplaced pass, but compared to recent matches we shown signs of encouragement. Inside just two minutes George Glendon went close as a deflected hit went over, which eventually saw Brad Jackson’s attempt go wide from the following corner. We maintained our quick start to proceedings as an Akwasi Asante header was parried out by Zach Hemming, following a Brad Jackson strike that sailed past the post. On the 12th minute mark the inevitable happened as Akwasi Asante made it 1-0 to us. Hemming was really dodgy for the visitors today, and for the opener he made another mistake by flapping at the corner, which landed to Asante who fired into the roof of the net. At the other end Robbie Dale glanced just wide to give us a slight scare, whilst Brad Jackson blazed just over after dribbling past a number of Blyth players. Blyth’s defenders were called into action again to prevent a second goal from going in, as they blocked a Matty Hughes shot at the last second. After that Asante wasn’t too far away from getting another goal, as a strong hit was deflected out for another corner. All in all a comfortable display saw us go into the break with a deserved lead.

The second half wasn’t as clinical from us, because we didn’t work as hard as we did in the first which invited Blyth Spartans back into the game. To their credit they made us run for our money, as they started off as the brighter side in the half to carry it on until the final whistle. We were just more sloppy in our play as we often ran into dead ends, lacked support when we had the ball, and we made a couple of misplaced passes too. Russ Griffiths was called into action straightaway as he had to palm away a goal-bound header from a corner. Our chances of recording a much-needed win increased after the 50th minute mark, as Shane Blaney got sent off for Blyth Spartans on his debut - thanks to a very late tackle. Due to the windy weather picking up the football on offer became more direct, which reduced the number of chances being created. John Johnston went very close to netting his first goal though, as he struck a shot centimetres wide, whilst both him and George Glendon saw chances blocked from a corner. Moments later though we got the killer second, as James Jones headed home from a beauty of a Joel Taylor corner to lake it 2-0 to us. Towards the conclusion of the encounter Blyth Spartans pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, as Olly Scott bundled over the line after a goalmouth scramble. Zach Hemming was then in the way of us confirming our first win of the month, as he pulled off a great stop to deny Anthony Dudley, whilst Duds saw another chance saved in injury time - this time a powerful volley. Despite a late onslaught from our opponents, two goals were enough to see us get over the line.

On the whole we performed better this afternoon with not many of our team putting in bad cameos. So, I will go for James Jones as being my man of the match for today as he stood up to the plate well. With Danny Livesey unable to play Jonah was always going to be up against it today, but we stepped into Livesey’s shoes with no troubles. He was dominant in the air, and topped it off with a second headed goal in as many months. Joel Taylor was much better this afternoon as he has blew hot and cold lately. He was back to his old best on the left as he ran up and down the pitch with the ball regularly, got the crosses in, and even bagged an assist for Jones’ goal. Brad Jackson was decent in some patches as well, because his pacy runs were much more effective. I’m not too sure on Scott Burton though, because whenever I saw him he backed away from the odd tackle and gave the ball away a bit. That’s just my opinion though. John Johnston was up and down as he certainly put the effort and the hard work in, but he often ran into dead ends and struggled to break through. It is very early days though, and once he gels into our system I’m sure that he will perform a lot more consistently.

With Boston United pulling off an unexpected result against York City it is so important that we won today, otherwise there would be a hefty gap between us and third place. We can breath a little bit more lightly now, but we have a series of testing games coming up where we will have to play better than we did today, because the stronger sides would have sussed us out if we played them today. Our next match is on Saturday where we make the away trip to Alfreton Town. Luckily enough for us Danny Elliott will be ineligible to play, which is a big boost for us as he has found the net five times in three games during his loan spell. In my opinion, we simply have to win this as Alfreton are in mid table so we can’t afford to make any slip-ups.


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post Feb 9 2020, 04:58 PM
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My match vlog:
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