BLOG – Chester 1-0 Eastleigh

A firm headed goal from Ben Heneghan brought Chester a well-deserved and overdue victory against a niggly Eastleigh side. Overall Chester were far the better side and had excellent opportunities to put the game to bed through Craig Hobson and Ross Hannah. Instead the end of the game was another nervy finish, with Jon Worsnop pulling off a superb save from a top-corner-bound free-kick. Here are some thoughts on the game.

1.George Thomson

A very good performance from the midfielder who is finally getting something of a run in the team. He was busy virtually all game and really drove the team forward with some good runs from midfield. After he went off our performance level dropped off quite a bit. I think that was partly because we switched to a 442 formation, meaning there was less pressure on Eastleigh’s midfield, but Thomson’s energy was definitely lacking too. He needs to stay in the team for me.

2. Jon Worsnop

His best game this season. He looked a lot more comfortable under crosses than usual and pulled off an outstanding, three-points-saving save from Eastleigh’s free-kick at the end. His distribution was still a bit off, but I’d rather he had to work on that than how to deal with crosses.

3. Offside!

How many offsides were there today?! That must have been some sort of record. Hannah does definitely play on the last shoulder so it’s to be expected somewhat, but I couldn’t help wondering if both the linesmen were practicing for a semaphore exam. Maddening. Especially as all of the officials were very reticent to penalise any of Eastleigh’s tedious playacting.

4. Points

4 points from the last four games against likely play-off contenders in Forest Green, Tranmere, Grimsby and Eastleigh is not too bad at all. The performances in the last two games have certainly shown the huge improvement we’ve made since last season and confirms us as outside bets for the play-offs. We’ll have to keep standards high and not have any more days off like against Tranmere, but it’s shaping up to be a very interesting and exciting season. When does the FA Cup start too?

Welling away up next. I reckon we can get three points there. COYB!

Richard Bellis

About Richard Bellis

Richard is a masters student at UCL who studies the History and Philosophy of Science. He graduated in Philosophy from the University of Leeds. His first Chester game was the promotion winning match against Scarborough in 2004, which he watched on top of a van outside the stadium. He has written for various websites including When Saturday Comes, In Bed With Maradona and The Two Unfortunates.
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