BLOG – Stockport 2-4 Chester

A superb cup tie saw Chester through to the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time in aaaaaaages (we’ve fact checked that) and for the first time as a reformed club. Sean McConville was the hero and villain of the day. Roundly booed by County fans he stole the show with two goals, an assist for Ben Heneghan’s storming header, and a really very good performance. Matthew Hughes scored the other for Chester with a great solo run and shot. County did scare Chester for a while though, as they scored two goals in two minutes at the start of the second half to equalise with Chester. I would comment on them, but I managed to miss both of them somehow. Here are some thoughts on the game.

1. Proper Cup Tie

That was a great cup tie! Two proper teams getting to go toe-to-toe and producing a memorable game. It had a bit of everything: goals galore, a bit of needle, a good atmosphere and swings in who’s dominant. Yes Chester were the better side, but it didn’t stop Stockport having a go and the game was better for it.

2. McConville

Well, that was pretty amusing, wasn’t it? I know it’s right and proper to condemn any kind of baiting of the opposition but, let’s face it, it’s kind of hilarious when it happens. A well earned yellow card for his very exuberant celebration after his first goal was just the icing on the cake for his overall excellent performance today. A very decent find by Burr.

3. Stockport fans

Really decent bunch by and large. A really nice couple walked with me to the ground and they were lovely. That was mirrored by the post match comments on twitter congratulating and complimenting us. Great turnout from both sides too. Shame about the policing though. Very heavy handed.

4. Yellows!

What a lovely kit! I’d love to see that be used as the away kit for the rest of the season. If not then I’ll put the first bid in for Michael Kay’s match worn top.

5. Reds!

Speaking of Kay… I couldn’t really make out what happened but if it did hit someone (or violently push or whatever you can get sent off for nowadays) then he’s been a bit of a wally there. There’s no need to get involved to that extent there and we’re now without our best centre back for a couple of games.

Back to the league next week down at Eastleigh, but I’m sure everyone will be keeping an eye on Monday’s draw. Brilliant day out. 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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