A very pleasant winter’s evening saw Chester progress in the Cheshire Senior Cup against a spirited Cheadle Town side. Chester fielded a strong side, but went behind early on to Cheadle from a corner. Antoni Sarcevic then scored with a cheeky (offside) tap-in, before adding a second with a tidy volley from inside the area, Wes Baynes then slammed a third home before half-time. After the break Martin Fearon shipped one in his own net before Tony Gray netted for the first time in a Chester shirt. Here are some thoughts on the game.
For me the main attraction in this game was seeing some of the youth teamers alongside the first team. Sean Miller has played in a few of the ‘lesser’ cup competitions before and he impressed down the right hand side, linking up well with the strikers and Wes Baynes. He was also extremely unlucky not to score after some excellent play between him and Tom Peers. That neatly brings me on to Peers, as he also had a cracking game. He didn’t get too much of a look at goal, but was very busy and hard working up front and had a hand in Gray’s goal. In all, a very commendable debut for him.
Yikes. Nothing like his performance against Halifax. I think a large part of it was the slippy surface – several players went arse above head over the course of the evening – which didn’t help his kicking or confidence. He flapped at a couple of crosses and the own goal was poor. Still, this was mostly second half after Linwood had gone off and Mackin was partnering Collins in defence. That meant there wasn’t as good organisation at the back, so that may have been another contributing factor.
Please can you stop crossing it behind everyone? Apart from that, excellent.
Yes it’s a tinpot competition, but the Cheshire Senior Cup has many redeeming features. Cheadle, for example, was a nice little club who had a load of lovely people all helping out. The free raffle ticket on entry was a great touch too. And it’s within easy reach of most Chester fans (although I traveled from Leeds for the match – I must be mad!). There’s loads of decent clubs in Cheshire, so this might be one worth going to in the future. Plus you’ll definitely get to see some of the youth team.
Right, that’s all for tonight as I’m knackered. You can probably tell from the awful writing! Comments are most welcome.