BLOG – Runcorn Town 0-4 Chester

A good performance from Chester against a limited, though battling, Runcorn Town side, the highlight of which was a well taken hat-trick from John Rooney. Jamie Reed also got himself an overdue goal and John Danby wasted an evening of his life. Here are some thoughts on the match…

1. Rooney

A really good performance to compliment his new contract. The three goals were well taken and are an encouraging sign. The first was a opportunistic dink over the keeper after he had made a save, the second a well taken penalty which was won by Peers, and the third an excellent shot into the top corner of the net from 25 yards. Glad he’s here to help us stay up.

2. Pitch

A very wet pitch (understandable after all this rain) that kept the quality of the play down. In saying that Chester kept possession well and weren’t really threatened. It did look to tire a few players – Peers, who was unlucky not to score, looked especially knackered when he came off – and will have been difficult for them after so long off. Hopefully the weekend will be a breeze by comparison – like running with a parachute strapped to you then taking it off.

3. Runcorn Town

A lovely little ground. The ground was simple yet had a number of characterful nooks and crannies, the catering was good and the skyline around the ground was very different to what we’re used to! It was very much like going to Cheadle Town last season, very relaxed and very enjoyable. I do like the Cheshire Senior Cup. Hopefully we can have a run in it again.

4. Gary Jones

A very understandable team selection, though I felt a bit sorry for Fearon. Last season the Cheshire Senior Cup was where he got his games and I always feel that any second choice ‘keeper should have a competition for themselves. Anyway, it was clear that Jones wanted to win the game in style and he certainly did that. Of course, anything other than a commanding victory would raise questions so we’re unlikely to get a clear idea of how Jones would do unless he’s still in charge on Saturday. I imagine that’s quite likely and the game will serve as an extended interview for Jones.

Bring on Barnet!

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