A solid Chester performance against a limited Colwyn Bay side, saw us run out extremely comfortable winners. In truth there was only one side in this match, though the Bay did have a few decent chances early in both halves, and the win was capped with a wonderful run and goal from Antoni Sarcevic, who was back to his best. Tony Gray also had a fantastic game up front, bagging himself a well-earned hat-trick. Matty McGinn’s pin-point free-kick was the other Chester goal, with Bay’s solitary reply coming from the penalty spot. Here are a few thoughts I had on the match:
1. He here’s, he’s there, he’s everyfuckingwhere…
Tony Gray, Tony Gray… I don’t think he stopped moving today, as he harried and harassed the defence and took his goals well. The first was a rebound from a one on one chance that he’d had, the second a fine finish into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the area, and the third an instinctive diversion past the keeper from a Lewis Turner cross. All three very different goals, but all well taken. It’s safe to say that we’re now seeing the Tony Gray who scored over 20 in the Conference for Southport, and who will, by the looks of things, do exactly the same next season…
2. Matty McGinn/Danny Williams
The move of McGinn ahead of Williams on the left hand side has had a few games now, and I think it’s safe to say it’s working. It’s a great system the two of them have, as both are happy to drop back if the other one is pushed on, and both are accomplished defenders and attackers. It means the flexible system they have doesn’t weaken the team depending on who is furthest forward – a great advantage as the team can alternate between the pace of Williams and the pinpoint accuracy of McGinn. Accuracy which came in handy for the freekick in the second half. It was a wonderful strike into the top corner, and I hope McGinn can take that into the last few games of the season.
3. “Err… excuse me, sorry”
With Issue #6 of the fanzine out (now!) I had to repeat this phrase an awful lot today as I walked round selling it! It was a bit cramped on the Chester side, but it was pleasing more than annoying, as it was a very good turnout from the Chester faithful. If (when) we go up and start to get back to Football League standard stadiums, I can’t help feeling that we’re going to miss days like this, where Chester fans absolutely take over a small stadium like Colwyn Bay’s. Well, there are always friendlies and the cups I suppose…
What. A. Run. If galloping 70 yards down the touchline, beating three defenders on the way, wasn’t enough, the finish – placed into the side netting of the goal with a touch of curl – was sublime. And he had a cracking game today too. That goal was just the icing, the cherry on the top. I might be getting greedy, but I’d like more icing.
Well, that’s all from me today. Altrincham on Monday is up next, and we’ll be selling the fanzine outside the stadium before the match so keep an eye out for us.