Chester crash out of the FA Trophy at the 3rd Qualifying Round after an insipid first half performance away at Worksop. The Blues conceded early goals and never really looked like coming back into the tie after that, despite a second half rally and a couple of good chances. This means our only hope of glory in a cup competition this season is the Cheshire Senior Cup, so let’s concentrate on the league, yeh? Here are some things that I noticed during the game.
First half, was largely absent. The central midfield pairing was Ashley Williams and Levi Mackin who did alright individually, but lacked cohesion and didn’t press the Worksop midfield coherently whilst off the ball. This meant Matt Young especially ran the show for the Tigers, even getting on the score sheet (although that was after a handball from their striker). Second half with a central midfield three their midfield was largely stifled, but we shouldn’t need to have three midfielders on to a team in a lower division to us in order to win the midfield battle.
Lively performance from him and was probably our stand out player along with Tony Gray (when he came on). He has a bit of presence in the air which I wasn’t expecting, and was unlucky to have a header cleared off the line. A promising first 90 minutes, especially considering the general performance of the team.
Worksop’s funniest player by a mile. Came on for the last 15 minutes, was booked after five and conceded about five free kicks too. Apparently the Worksop fans think he’s a bit of a cult hero as he’s really committed and is forever picking up cards. Sounds familiar that does!
4. Kitchen Sink
By the end of the match we had four strikers on the pitch and had chucked Linwood up front (he was actually pretty decent). Young clearly wanted to win that match! Before then the Blues had had a few decent chances and we had a few decent chances after too, but to be honest the damage was done in the first twenty minutes of the game when we were slow to start. It is good to know though, that Young is willing to try different things in order to win. Ok, this tactic wasn’t very subtle, but remember when he took off Howard for Brownhill against Northwich?…
That’s all that comes to mind immediately. To be honest, if we’d have been better in the first half and gone in 0-0, we’d have probably won the match. But, on the day we were deservedly beaten. Sometimes that happens. One thing to remember though, is that Young normally makes sure ‘sometimes’ is a rare thing.
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