Chester left it late, again, to take all three points against a poor Alfreton side. The away team struck first from a well-taken breakaway goal but it was Chester who dominated the play, made more chances and looked like the only likely winner. Matty Hughes grabbed his second goal in three games after bringing the ball in from the left hand side, beating two men and shooting and Craig Mahon got the winner by getting on the Jamie Menagh’s cross and kind of lobbing the keeper from six yards with the outside of his boot. It looked a lot better than I describe it. Here are some thoughts…
1. Hobson and Hughes
Everyone wanted them to be paired up top together since we loaned Hughes but instead it looked like Hughes was pushed out wide to the left and McConville was paired with Hobson in the centre. It worked though. McConville made an impact on the game, Hobson was his usual busy, hardworking self (although minus his shooting boots) and Hughes terrorised them down the left and got on the scoresheet.
Numerous very good chances went begging today. Against a team who were better than Alfreton we might have been kicking ourselves. They did break well and we did well to reduce their number of clear cut chances to a handful but they did have a few sights of goal. The side need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal and then we have the makings of a top half team.
Nice to see him back. A shame his loan deal didn’t quite go to plan getting injured and all that but he made an impact today with his ball into the box for the winner.
4. FA Cup
Very excited for next week! Hopefully get through without much trouble but we all know how cup ties usually go for us.