MATCH BLOG – Chester FC 1 Braintree Town 0

Chester got off to a winning start in the 2015-16 season thanks to an early Johnny Hunt goal when he cut inside from a short corner and some very good defending as the Blues were put under pressure for long periods of the game. Chances wise it went all Chester’s way with Braintree really failing to create a clear cut chance and Chester hitting the bar twice, having one cleared off the line and with a number of shots going just wide. Here are some thoughts…

1. Set up (4-3-3)

The formation which we have seen throughout pre season was, surprise, surprise, the one Burr went for with the front three of Hannah down the middle, Chapell on the right and Hobbo on the left with Rooney in behind them and Shaw and George playing as two sitting midfielders in front of the back four. On the whole it looked like it would work with Hobbo as an unexpectedly good left winger. Chapell looks tricky on the right, Hannah is a handful and even in a game where he was pretty well dominated in the air he still managed to get one cleared off the line from a lovely lob and put in Hobbo who shot wide on his weaker foot. Hobbo seems to have come into his own on the left wing with some good crosses in, dominance of the right back in the air, and a few half chances coming his way.

The main problem we had today was keeping the ball. We looked dangerous and created far more chances but Braintree had more of the play. We did well defensively to break up their attacks (their number 10 was awesome btw) and the two destructive midfielders did well defensively but we didn’t keep the ball as well as we could and steadily got worse throughout the match. All in all a good performance going forward and defensively but we still didn’t play well and didn’t dominate the game because we couldn’t hold onto the ball.

2. Heneghan and Sharps

Looked like a really good partnership and they were well supported by Hunt and Higgins on either flank. It was particularly pleasing to see their more dangerous players surrounded by three blue shirts on a number of occasions. They had clearly done their homework and worked out how best to blunt the Braintree attack.

3. Chapell

Thought he stood out today as one of the better performers in the side. Got a lot of tricks and did well on the right hand side to stretch their defence and rattled the bar with a good strike. A few times when a five yard pass inside would have done the same job as the three step overs he did but still if you can’t have a flair player what’s the point in football?

4. Fanzines

Just a quick reminder that the fanzine will be on sale from the next home match. Apologies for not having them today but the way the fixtures landed meant it made more sense to publish the first one for this season a little later.


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