Chester came away with the three points after a vital win over bottom of the table Hyde. Hyde, however, took the lead early on with a well taken goal before Craig Linfield’s header and Craig Mahon’s excellent strike either side of half time gave the game to the Blues. Here are some thoughts on the game…
1. Craig Mahon
Easily man of the match with a goal and an assist to his name as well as being a pain for the Hyde defence all the way through the match. He gave us an excellent option on the left hand side of the pitch which meant that the team was a lot more balanced than it was last week against Aldershot. It also proves that going out on loan can sometimes do a player a lot of good. Mahon was in and out of the team and needed regular football, perhaps one or two of our other players might think about doing the same?
2. Craig Lindfield
Nodded in Mahon’s excellent cross and generally got himself around, including a vital flick in the move for Mahon’s goal. He played well, as he did last week, and has managed to establish himself in the starting line up playing just behind the striker. Of course, he can be annoyingly inconsistent at time but in general has proved to be a useful player. As we’re outside of the transfer window we have limited options with regard to players so it’s encouraging that we’re getting something good out of what we have available. I wouldn’t expect Lindfield to start banging the goals in, but he is proving to be a decent player in our forward play – and we really need that at the minute!
One thing that I am a bit worried about at the minute though, is that half our starting line up is in on loan. Killock, Lewis Turner, Nathan Turner, Lester and Wilkinson are all pretty much undroppable due to their form and a lack of decent replacements, yet three of them are only here for a month. I know we’ll be getting to January soon, but the few weeks around Christmas could be a real struggle as we have to make do. I really hope that we can extend those loans!
You know, they really weren’t that bad a side. Ok their keeper was a bit dodgy and three out of their back four are awful, but their midfield was very good and going forward they were dangerous. They’ll be relegated I’m sure, but Chester should be very happy with that victory and Neil Young should try to persuade Alex Brown to come back.
If we take those first five defeats out of the picture our record reads as: P13, W4, D5, L4. Very much mid table form. That’s encouraging for a start and also shows that the team isn’t quite as incapable as some seem to think. Looking at the league table if we manage to gain a bit of momentum and put a few wins in a row on the board then we’ll really start to climb. This season is not over by a long stretch.
Well, up next for Chester is another massive game away at Hereford. If we win we’ll go above them and will be out of the relegation zone, which would be nice! See you there.