BLOG – Halifax 2-1 Chester. Post Match Thoughts

FC Halifax Town won the battle of the corners against Chester this Saturday, managing to score from two of their four whilst Chester only managed to convert one of their six (stats from BBC Sport). Chester did, however, have some excellent opportunities to take the lead in the first half, though were second best after half time. Here are a few (belated) thoughts about the match.

1. Corners

Hey look, we scored a corner! Think it might be our second or third goal from a corner this season, so that’s slightly encouraging. What’s less encouraging is that we let in another two. Of course, it’d be impossible to keep out every corner that we concede, but the fact is if a few more players were willing to take responsibility for heading the bleeding thing out of the box, then we’d be in a better position than we are now. Too many players are relying on the other player to clear the ball.

2. Chances

Seddon and Linfield had two glorious chances, both set up by Titchener, which they hit too near to the ‘keeper. Linfield’s shot was more understandable as he had to slide for it, but Seddon was clean through with most of the goal to aim at. He really should be finishing those – at least he scored from the resulting corner to make up for it – but on another day we’d have still been a goal behind. After half time we barely had a sniff, so it just shows that when we do manage to create something, we really need to score.

3. Changes

At halftime Halifax changed two of their players in order to win the match. Can you imagine us being able to do that at the minute? Not likely as our squad has little strength and certainly not much depth of quality. Two of the subs we made were straight swaps (Linwood on for Horan, Mills on for Seddon) whilst the other one was a bit of a punt (Mahon on for Lindfield). We don’t have a good enough squad to be able to tactically change during a match and our subs don’t improve the team (they sometimes make it worse!). Yet, we can’t play the same 11 players every week because 1) we don’t have 11 players who you’d want to play every week and 2) fitness is clearly an issue. But, if Halifax can do it, so can we. Neil Young is certainly aware of these problems and will set them straight given enough time and enough backing.

4. Three Pigeons

Cracking boozer with a great selection of ale. Whilst the Blues Bar is pretty decent, it’d be great to have a proper pub near our ground… Ah well, that’s probably just wishful thinking.

That’s all from me, see you on Saturday against Kidderminister.

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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