BLOG – Welling 1-3 Chester. Post match thoughts

A solid performance on a poor pitch saw Chester comfortably win against a decent, if limited, Welling side. The Wings scored the archetypal ‘against the run of play’ goal to take the lead in the first half, but Chester soon replied through an excellent Higgins cross and McBurnie header. Shortly after Welling’s Gallagher put in an appalling tackle on McBurnie and was rightly sent-off but Chester struggled to break down Welling until just before the break when a blatant – if unlucky – handball in the box gave Chester a penalty. Rooney slotted home and got another from a free-kick just after the break too. At 3-1 up the pace slackened a little and, though both sides had chances, the game gradually petered out. Here are some thoughts on the match.

1. Rooney/Abbott/McConville

As a midfield trio I was mightily impressed with these three. Abbott is more positionally disciplined than Kingsley James and that allowed Rooney to almost play attacking midfield with McConville – and this really put Welling on the back foot. That’s not to say it was all about positioning though, I was really impressed with Abbott and Rooney’s workrate and they seem an excellent pairing. I’m delighted for Rooney as I’m still convinced (as I said a few weeks ago) that he gets some undeserved stick on the basis of his second name. Hopefully these performances will start to put that to bed.

2. Higgins

The first time I’d seen Higgins in a Chester shirt and I was mightily impressed. He was excellent going forward with the ball and put a great cross in for our first goal. Defensively I was pretty happy too, though his forward runs do leave space that can be exploited. That’s the nature of attacking full-backs unfortunately, so we’ll have to expect that. Luckily Heneghan, on the right hand side of defence, could deal with Higgins’s occasional absence well. That stint at right-back was obviously pretty useful!

3. Pitch

Crikey! I’m delighted they got the game on, but that was muddy! Obviously different teams in our division have different budgets/facilities available and that all adds to the charm of the league I think. Well it does when we win anyway.

4. Chester fans

220 hardy Chester fans made their way down to Welling (and made up a third of the crowd), but it seemed like a lot more in that stand. Great noise and good to hear an increasing repertoire of songs being sung. Especially like One Step Beyond !

Well, up next is Dartford at home. 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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