Saturday 29 December 2001
Chester City 3 Hayes 1
Attendance: 1,250 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: Spink, Ruffer, Beesley, Porter, Carden.
Chester City: W.Brown, Carden, Jenkins, Porter, Ruffer, Spink, Woodyatt,
Blackburn, D.Brown (Collins 85), Beesley (Haarhoff 80), Ruscoe. Subs not
used: M.Rose, C.O�Brien, M.O�Brien.
Hayes: Bossu, Spencer (Ashton 81), Gallen (P.Holsgrove 45), P.Holsgrove,
Sterling, Gray, Clark, Dyer, Hodges, Warner, Molesley. Sub not used: Coppard.
Referee: C.Harwood (Salford).
I�m not quite ready to eat my words yet and I�m too full up with
festive food anyway but it looked like an entirely different team
was playing at the Deva from the also-rans who lost so badly at Northwich
just three days ago. Luckily for us, the Hayes team were delayed on the
motorway (if I could drive from London to Chester and arrive before 12
noon, why couldn't they?) and kick-off was delayed until 3.50. This gave
the Chester supporters further chance to oil their vocal chords with yet
more Christmas spirit and meant the Hayes players were distinctly jaded
when they finally ran out onto the pitch.
The Blues looked keen to capitalise
on their opponents� late arrival when Mark Beesley
ran clear almost straight from the kick-off and shot
straight at the goalkeeper. A shot on target within
a minute! Beesley was partnered by David Brown, who
looked full of promise and was unlucky not to get
on the scoresheet at several stages in the game.
The temporary management team of
Dean Spink and Andy Porter, dubbed 'Captain Courageous� by
Cleggy, had made a few other changes from the Boxing
Day line-up. Lee Woodyatt made his first appearance
for some time, and put in a more than creditable
performance to prove he deserves first-team place
consideration. Scott Ruscoe, who didn't seem to find
favour from Steve Mungall, was also back in the starting
11. And Jimmy Haarhoff was back on the bench.
Mark Beesley, who was also making
his return to the starting line-up, didn�t seem to
be 100% fit, but soon had another chance in the first
half following one of many decent Paul Carden through
balls. His shot was again blocked by Hayes� goalkeeper
Bertrano Bossu. The lanky Frenchman cut quite a comical
figure, with his socks pulled up over his knees as
if he�d left his tracksuit trousers behind on the
Hayes coach in his rush to change.
Chester put the comic goalkeeper
under pressure several times in the first half, and
he was beaten by a David Brown strike only
for it to be headed off the line by Hayes defender
Dominic Sterling. But Bossu was soon picking the
ball out of the net when Carl Ruffer, on the edge
of the area for a Ruscoe corner, latched perfectly
onto the ball to spectacularly volley it home on
the 33rd minute. Travelsick Hayes only had one real
chance in the first half when Wayne Brown had to
dive at full length to stop striker Kevin Warner's
Wayne Brown was called into action
right at the start of the second half saving
from Warner again, then stopping a close-range header.
But Chester were soon back on the rampage and Bossu
denied an edge-of-the-area strike from Chris Blackburn.
Hayes now seemed to be rattled, and the referee helped
rub this in. He�d already set his stall out by booking
Spink for a minor challenge in the fifth minute,
so it was no surprise when he sent off Hayes� Matt
Grey for his second bookable offence for an off-the-ball
tangle with Beesley. The ref, who booked nine players
in all, also booked Beesley for the incident.
Chester then stepped up a gear
and a perfect pass from David Brown let in Blackburn,
who slid the ball past the keeper. It was about the
best move I�ve seen Chester make so far this season.
And just two minutes later, Brown was involved again
when he passed to Porter who rode the Hayes� challenges
before shooting perfectly for home. The exuberant
goal celebrations were reminiscent of the third goal
scored against Oxford in the FA Cup just over a year
It would have been great to have
kept a clean sheet, so giving a confidence boost
to Wayne Brown and the excellent Chester defence.
For once, Dean Spink kept up with the pace all game
and made a number of crucial tackles. Iain Jenkins
was absolutely faultless his return to the
club could prove to be vital. But an injury time
free kick by Hayes went straight into the top left
corner and the Chester copybook was slightly blotted.
Hayes had to face the long journey
back through the snow without anything to show for
their efforts. But their day ended with a half smile
on all their faces I saw them queuing alongside
the happy Blues� fans for fish-and-chip suppers in
the Sealand Road chip shop. The Chester players had
huge grins when the full-time whistle went. They
must remember that winning feeling and make sure
it is repeated over-and-over again in 2002.
26 December 2001
Northwich Victoria 3 Chester
Attendance: 1,930 Half Time: 1-0
Booked: Carden, Porter.
Northwich Victoria: Gibson. Walsh, Talbot, Ingram, Barnard, Sedgmore,
Norris (J.Collins 86), Devlin, Garvey (Burke 60), Quinn (Mike 86), Blundell.
Subs not used: Knowles, Skinner.
Chester City: W.Brown, Carden, Porter, Halford (D.Collins 70), Spink,
Jenkins, C.O�Brien, Ruffer, Blackburn, D.Brown (Beesley 66), M.O�Brien.
Subs not used: Ruscoe, Higgins, M.Rose.
Referee: M.Russell (St.Albans).
if the Three Wise Men of Mungall, Malkin and Stevens turn up at the Deva
Stadium on Saturday, they�ll find no room at the inn or even in
the bar. Sorry, that�s the Christmas corn out of the way. You�ll find no
festive cheer from here on. Chester were a shambles for most of this game their
final league appearance at the historic Drill Field. And as we bade farewell
to Northwich�s ground for the final time, we also said our cheerios� (or,
err, something similar) to manager Steve Mungall, physio Chris Malkin and
coach Gary Stevens. Mungall simply had to be sacked after a 3-1 defeat
in a dismal Boxing Day derby.
The players who currently sport
the blue-and-white stripes, or even the vile yellow-and-black
away squares, seem to have no passion for the club.
I�ve only been following the Blues a mere 14 years,
and sometimes it seems like only yesterday when we
were a match for Bradford, Bolton, Preston, Stoke,
West Brom, Crewe, Tranmere, Rotherham, Birmingham
etc, etc. But, at the turn of the year, it seems
depressing to reflect that the current crop of players
don�t have the bottle to secure a mere draw against
Northwich Victoria. It makes matches at Valley Parade
and The Hawthorns seem like two generations ago.
Once again we gifted a goal to
the opposition towards the end of a tedious first
half in which neither side looked like scoring. The
most interesting part of the first 30 minutes was
sussing out Chester�s formation. Paul Carden seemed
un-natural in the right-back position, but did his
best to win the ball and set up some half chances.
Scott Ruscoe, who�s been playing in that position
for most of the season, was on the bench and
remained there all game.
Dean Spink was back in his utility-playing
role this time at centre half. He seemed to
want to shy away from the ball and the opposition
for most of the game not a good sign in a
centre half and prospective manager. Chris Blackburn
spent most of the game playing as striker a
position he also seemed uncomfortable with. And Jimmy
Haarhoff, the hero goalscorer in our last visit to
the Vics, wasn�t even on the bench.
There was no real action until
the 37th minute when goalkeeper Wayne Brown came
way out of his area to clear the ball only
to pass it straight to Vics player, Mark Devlin.
His response was instant - he aimed straight at the
open goal and was bang on target.
The travelling army of 600 Chester
fans did their best to stir the team into some sort
of response. But there wasn�t much forthcoming. Spink
is our senior player and should be one of the talismen but
he�s definitely lacking in that role too.
The team tried to make some sort
of fight of it when they came out for the second
half. For the first 15 minutes we were definitely
on top. Before long, there was a wonderful passing
interchange between Paul Carden and Mick O�Brien.
Unfortunately, O'Brien�s shot was deflected onto
the bar by Vics� goalkeeper Paul Gibson.
But the Blues fightback continued
for a while. New boy David Brown hit a Northwich
defender as he aimed for home on the 55th minute.
Luckily for Chester, the ball landed straight at
the feet of Chris Blackburn and he took delight in
scoring against the club where he started his footballing
career. At 1-1, and with both teams looking below
average, it looked odds-on for a draw.
However the luck, and the passion,
was with Northwich. Player manager Jimmy Quinn seemed
to have all the time in the world to slot home a
25-yard strike. Brown also had all the time in the
world to save it but somehow the ball eluded
him and it slipped by his left hand and into the
Just a few minutes later we had
our West Cheshire noses well and truly rubbed in
it when a Gregg Blundell shot was deflected onto
the post by Brown, only for Blundell to hit home
the rebound. Blundell responded to his goal just
as he did at the Drill Field last season, by whipping
off his shirt and rallying the home supporters.
Although it was 3-1, Chester
finally acted as though they could still get something
out of the game. The referee even gave us a helping
hand with a mammoth six minutes of stoppage time. But
it wasn�t to be, and Northwich beat us in the league
for the first time ever (where have you heard that
before?). We must now look to our next two home games,
including the New Year return game against Northwich,
for a vital six points. The new management team have
to restore the club�s fighting spirit before then.
I wish them luck.
Saturday 15 December 2001
Chester City Youth v Macclesfield Town Youth
Football League Youth Alliance
Match postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Table as at 17/12/01
15 December 2001
Chester City 0 Southport 2
Attendance: 1,473 Half Time: 0-0
Chester City: Brown, Jenkins, M.Rose, Ruffer, Halford, Porter, Carden,
Blackburn, M.O'Brien, D.Brown (Haarhoff 65), Beesley. Subs not used: Ruscoe,
Spink, C.O'Brien, S.Rose.
Southport: Dickinson, Lane, Clark, Teale, B.Jones, Howell, S.Jones,
Grayston, Elam, Parke, Whitehall (Sullivan 84). Subs not used: Whittaker,
Bauress, Connolly, Morgan.
Referee: A.Marriner (Birmingham).
to the game, we listened to Steve Mungall talking about his latest
signing from Buckley Town on the evidence of this performance
he's taken a step down in quality as City were, sadly, below par
With memories of first-half setbacks in the majority
of our recent matches it made a pleasant change to get off to a
positive start with the Blues at least matching their better-placed
opponents in terms of possession.
The return to the first XI of Carl Ruffer did
much to inspire confidence and he issued a warning to the visitors
with a teasing cross from the right which begged for a finishing
Southport had their fair share of chances, the
impressive Jones having their best opportunity of the first 45
before firing well over. Neil Greyston also went close but was
denied by Wayne Brown.
In the latter stages of the half, on-loan forward
David Brown played an increasing role, working well with Beesley
but failing to produce much effort from opposing goalkeeper Dickinson.
It was therefore ironic that Chester�s best bit
of play in the match came deep into first half stoppage time and
was prevented from taking it�s natural course by the half time
whistle. Still, it left us optimistic of continued City pressure
after the interval.
Of course, it wasn�t to be and the problems that
have recently been afflicting us in the first half came back to
haunt us in the second. Following some initial attacking pressure,
Southport came back into it and seemingly took a lead when they
claimed the ball had crossed the line. It looked rather dubious
and we got away with it, but it would even itself out later on.
Haarhoff replaced Brown early on to little effect,
Jimmy unable to find a way through the defence and not given much
chance to display any skill on the ball.
Beesley fired in a fair few attempts, criminally
never testing a seemingly uncertain goalkeeper who took plenty
of abuse for his ability or lack of it.
Despite their efforts going forward, Chester
had looked continually unsafe in defence and so it happened that
with ten minutes left to hold on, the assistant referee appeared
to go to sleep and gift Southport a goal that was clearly offside.
That said, the defence was as much to blame for allowing ex-Blue
Whitehall through. Brown stood no chance as he was rounded for
Whitehall to finish. The scorer was promptly substituted with the
Minutes later, another hint of offside preceeded
a second Southport goal which had the majority heading for the
exits, Simon Parke completing another afternoon of misery for the
Blues with a left footed drive that had Brown beaten again.
Further disappointement came when Haarhoff bundled
the ball into the goal following a goalkeeping error, only for
it to be ruled out for an infringement.
Another game lost then and a Winter of
discontent shows no sign of stopping for Blues fans who paused
only to boo the team for another poor show. Boxing Day at Northwich
will hopefully provide some festive cheer but unless the defence
is seriously strengthened there seems little hope of a return
to form. Up front also seems to be a problem, Beesley the only
man capable of anything and even he was kept out of it here.
Improvements are now essential if the rot is to stop.
Sunday 16 December 2001
Chester City Ladies 10 Wilmslow Albion Ladies
Cheshire Shield Quarter Final
The girls Vhit back� on Sunday as they defeated Wilmslow Albion
of the North West Division 3 (South) 10 goals to nil in the quarter
final of the Cheshire Shield! The girls now eagerly await the results
from the other ties to see who their opponents will be in the semi
The game, watched by about twelve members of
the ISA and three Father Christmas� was always stacked in Chester�s
favour. The management team chose to remain with the side that
was cruelly defeated by Newcastle United in the FA Cup and the
home side remained in control throughout. It was important the
girls showed their confidence remained intact after such an unexpected
exit from the national competition a week a go. The expected goal
feast was just the tonic. Cally Reid, Clare Reynolds, Jo Reynolds,
Leigh Broadbent, and Lisa Pritchard all got their names on the
score sheet and if not for another fine display by a visiting keeper,
there could have been many many more goals.
The girls now travel to Scunthorpe United on
Sunday 30th December. Scunny� were one of the Leagues early
pace setters but have recently struggled to find any decent form
having lost their last league ganme 2-0 to Blackburn Rovers, a
team that Chester have already beaten twice this season.
Good news at the weekend also came in the
form of a defeat for leaders Blackpool as they went down 3-1 to Middlesborough,
the team that Chester defeated in the second round of the FA Cup!
With just seven points separting the top 6 clubs and with Chester
having two games in hand on some of those, at the halfway stage there's
all to play for.
Sunday 9 December 2001
Chester City Ladies 1 Newcastle United Ladies
Womens FA Cup Round 3
Chester City: Laura Edwards, Michelle
Hounslow, Linda Grainger, Annette Jones, Joanne Reynolds, Claire
Reynolds, Helen Cann, Lisa Pritchard, Michelle Brady, Sarah Tyson,
Caly Reid (Leigh Broadbent 60).
The girls found themselves up against a very
bright Newcastle side who played well on the break. Within 35 minutes
the visitors were 2-0 up and a lack lustre Chester side could do
little to stop the onslaught. Poor passing, little supply through
to the forwards and an absent midfield meant that the home side
were unable to gain any time and space on the ball.
The home manager introduced Leigh Broadbent 30
minutes from time and the effect was immediate. Cally Reid made
way for the substitution and Clare Reynolds moved forward to join
Sarah Tyson and with 13 minutes remaining, a bobbling ball fell
to Clare Reynolds who had time to strike the ball toward the left
corner. The Newcastle keeper, who had played superbly to keep the
Geordies, in the game during te second half, could only palm the
ball into the net. Time after time the home side then threatened
but even at the death couldn't convert the pressure into goals,
when Clare had a similar chance but this time the ball rebounded
off a defender to safety.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time
to come and support the girls but it was a very disappointing afternoon
for everyone concerned. The girls have a chance to bounce back when
they are again in cup action against Wilmslow Albion in the Quarter
Finals of the Cheshire Cup at home kick off 14:00hrs.
8 December 2001
Chester City 1 Morecambe 1
Attendance: 1,466 Half Time: 0-1
Booked: Blackburn, Jenkins.
Chester City: Brown, Jenkins, M.Rose, Halford, Carden, Lancaster (S.Rose
25), C.O'Brien, Blackburn, Ruscoe, Beesley, Malkin (Williams 16). Subs
not used: Haarhoff, Higgins, Woodyatt.
Morecambe: Mawson, Fensone, McKearney, Murphy, Hardiker, Drummond,
Perkins (Black 45), Thompson, Talbot (Norman 62), Arnold, Rigoglioso (McGuire
66). Subs not used: Curtis, Willcock.
Referee: M.Williams (Hereford).
was certainly a day of firsts. It was my debut trip to Chester
this season, we heard Cleggy�s voice back on the PA for the first
time in months, Iain Jenkins was making his first appearance for
the Blues in nearly four years, and we saw Paul Carden return to
the Deva. But sadly we didn�t claim the most important first of
all a much-needed home and away double. We had easily beaten
Morecambe 3-0 less than two months ago, just after Steve Mungall
was put in charge of the team. But when the Shrimps returned to
face us at home, we couldn't repeat that performance.
The Blues started with some confidence, with
birthday boy Mark Beesley looking determined to match Stuart Rimmer�s
21st celebration four goals against a team from Lancashire.
Carden was also straight into the action, and a perfect pass on
around ten minutes saw Beesley have an early sight of goal. But
it was a difficult angle, and the ball hit the side netting.
Our confidence remained buoyant a few minutes
later when Chris Malkin hobbled off with a groin injury to be replaced
by Gary Williams. Malkin has never looked like the strikeforce
he once might have been while Williams is full of pace,
passion and promise. Our defence was even looking slightly steadier
with the welcome return of Jenkins. He demonstrated throughout
the game that, although he might have lost half a yard of pace,
he hasn�t lost that basic consistency just what we need.
But the game turned against us after 20 minutes.
First Morecambe�s Gary Thompson rattled the crossbar when he was
gifted a shot on the edge of the area. Then moments later the ref
blew for a penalty when he ruled that Steve Halford had shoved
Ian Arnold. It was a harsh decision I didn�t notice an appeal
from any of the Morecambe players. But Arnold took a perfect free
kick and Brownie dived the wrong way.
Arnold was certainly one of the least popular
scorers at the Deva. He went out of his way throughout the game
to win free kicks at any opportunity. You probably won't see better
acting in this year's Christmas panto.
The Blues� bad luck continued when transfer-listed
Martyn Lancaster, who had been out to prove he deserves a team
place, clashed heads with one of the Shrimps and had to be helped
off the pitch. I hope it�s not his last appearance at the Deva.
He certainly deserves another chance. Lancaster�s replacement,
fellow transfer listee Steve Rose, did not do much to impress.
I can�t be the only one who doesn�t want him to have another chance.
The highlight of the first half was when substitute
Jimmy Haarhoff accidentally tripped the linesman up as the two
were running down the line. It bought the biggest cheer of the
first half from the Deva faithful.
When the second half began, the unfortunate linesman
was at centre stage. For some reason the original ref, Mr Williams
from Hereford, was unable to continue. We soon heard the biggest
Chester cheer of the day when Beesley had plenty of time to slot
home from six yards after a Chris Blackburn cross. Beesley�s birthday
celebrations began and with 41 minutes still to go, there was still
the chance he could repeat Rimmer�s triumph.
But it wasn�t to be. Morecambe had three or four
chances to finish the Blues off. They had at least two open net
opportunities that they somehow missed. And the replacement ref
didn't endear himself to the Shrimps� fans, when he refused to
believe the ball had crossed the line as Brownie clutched it.
Frankly Chester were lucky to scrape a draw.
It could have been far worse if Morecambe had got their shooting
boots on. And Brown was lucky the referee didn�t see his cynical
foot-up challenge as he clattered into a Morecambe player on the
edge of the area in the first half.
It�s hard to think of some crumbs of comfort
as we head into Christmas sitting second bottom of the Conference.
You may find some cheer in realising that we�ve got more points
than Wrexham and only one less point than Manchester United. That
seems like a rare treat at this time of year. But remember they�re
leagues above us.
There�s plenty of festive football fayre facing
us over the next few weeks we�ve absolutely got to get something
out of it other than a stuffing or a roasting.
Sunday 2 December 2001
Bradford City Ladies 0 Chester City Ladies
Northern Combination League
On Sunday, the girls, supported by our merry
band, travelled to play a much improved Bradford City side in a
Northern Combination league fixture. The teams appeared to be evenly
matched and it was no surprise that at half time the score remained
0-0 although the visitors had pressed and created more chances.
Chester started the second half in the same vein.
Passes were going astray and on more than one occasion, Jo Reynolds� pace
was called upon to Chase back and make last ditch challenges. In
addition, Laura Edwards was forced to come to the very edge of
her box to make a one-on-one save to keep the hosts at bay. After
20 minutes of the second half, the Bradford team simply ran out
of steam and Chester revelled in the space that the home team now
allowed them. A tiring Rachel McKenzie was switched into a striker�s
role to allow Clare Reynolds even more space on the right and within
minutes she found herself facing the advancing Bradford keeper.
She looked once, and coolly placed the ball past the stranded keeper
and into the unguarded net. A similar opportunity presented itself
again shortly after and again, sticks� made no mistake. The
Bradford team were in disarray by now and the Chester team were
knocking cross field balls around for fun. Lisa Pritchard and Michelle
Brady were able to control the pace of the game with ease and Helen
Cann and Clare Reynolds remained wide to open up the home side
In the final ten minutes, Michelle sass� Berry
replaced Macca to allow Annette Jones to switch to a sweeping role.
The icing on the cake came when Helen H� Cann was released
on the left to attack the 18 yard area. Once inside the box, she
had the audacity to chip the keeper. The ball nestled in the right
hand corner of the net and the referee blew for full time.
The result means the girls remain fifth on goal
difference, but they are on equal points with Manchester United
and Middlesbrough who are third and fourth respectively not
bad for our first season though!
Many thanks again goes to all the supporters
who made the journey. They told me they have already reserved their
seats in the stand at County Officers Club for the FA Cup third
round tie this coming Sunday and I hope many more will make the
effort to support the girls as they attempt to progress in to the
fourth round of the FA Cup for a second season.
Table as at 3/12/01
|Blackpool Wren Rovers
|Leeds City Vixens
1 December 2001
Woking 2 Chester City 1
Attendance: 1,793 Half Time: 2-0
Booked: Brown, Carden.
Woking: Tucker, Piper, Pitman, Saunders,
Smith, Moore, Perkins, Fowler (Reeks 84), Kadi (Haughton 53), West, Sharpling.
Subs not used: Hibburt, Steele, Baverstock.
Chester City: Brown, Ruscoe, M.Rose, Porter, Lancaster, Halford,
S.Rose, Blackburn, Carden (Williams 78), Malkin (M.O'Brien 78), Beesley.
Subs not used: Kerr, Woodyatt, Wright.
Referee: L.Probert (Bridgwater).
arrived at Kingfield with a weakened side and some worries about
getting stuck near the bottom of the Conference. Steve Rose was drafted
in by Mungall to fill Chris O�Brien's holding role in defence. Ruffer
was out injured but Mike O�Brien was on the bench. The veteran Malkin
was preferred to on-loan youngster Gary Williams up front. Paul Carden
returned to City colours after his exile at Doncaster.
Both teams came into the game trying to recover some
form and both began lacking in confidence. City also seemed to lack organisation.
They began with three at the back Steve Rose in between Lancaster
and Halford. It was an unfamliar role for Rose and he was soon struggling.
His slip let in Perkins but Lancaster managed to clear the danger.
On twelve minutes a poor kick by Brown put pressure
on City�s defence. The ball was knocked back to Woking�s right. Halford
seemed to cover the danger but in trying to play the ball out
lost it to Sharpling who crossed for Cardinals' captain Steve West to
head in easily. A slipshod goal to give away.
City tried to reply positively but their play was disjointed
and lacked pattern. Beesley had a shot on target which Tucker saved at
full stretch and Blackburn's header was comfortably saved a couple of
On twenty-five minutes City went further behind. Steve
Rose knocked the ball out for a corner on Woking�s right and once again
West rose to head firmly home through a crowd of players.
On thirty-two minutes Brown was booked for recklessly
racing out of his goal and bringing down Fowler. City were coming apart
at the seams.
A few minutes before the interval, however, Chester
changed tactics moving Steve Rose out to right back and Ruscoe
into midfield as they played with a flat back four. Almost immediately
they began to string some passes together and apply a bit of pressure
on the hosts goal. Beesley and Blackburn both had half chances as the
ball ran loose in Woking�s area but Beesley dragged his shot across goal
The second half viewed from high up in Kingfield�s
magnificent stand saw Chester play much better. The midfield of
Blackburn, Carden, Porter and Ruscoe played like a well oiled machine
and the Rose brothers found plenty of space on either wing to overlap
and cross the ball dangerously.
On fifty minutes Blackburn burst into the box but shot
into the side netting. On 54 minutes Mike Rose�s blistering free kick
was finger tipped on to the bar by Woking keeper, Tucker. Chester were
a bit more exposed on the breakaway now as they chased the game but Lancaster
made a fine saving tackle as Woking threatened.
A Chester goal was on the cards though, and Blackburn
duly got it when his looping header from Malkin�s knock-back sailed over
Tucker and into the back of the net. City continued to overwhelm the
jittery Cardinals and looked as if they would equalise a minute after
the goal. Blackburn's rasping shot was parried by Tucker. Malkin seemed
certain to score from the rebound but Tucker managed to get his body
in the way and knock it behind for a corner.
Steve Rose, looking much more comfortable in the wing
back role, crossed for Blackburn who didn�t quite get enough purchase
on his header and it glanced wide. Then it was Mike Rose�s turn to have
another long range shot which nearly squirmed through Tucker on the line.
An equaliser looked inevitable but didn�t arrive. Beesley
might have hit the ball first time when it fell at his feet in the box
from Blackburn�s assist but his touch let him down. Mungall threw
Mike O�Brien and Williams on for Carden and Malkin respectively but the
game went off the boil as Woking played for time.
Beesley broke well down the right and his cross found
Mike Rose in space on the edge of the box but, when he had more time
than he realised, the left back�s first time shot was high, wide and
(not very) handsome.
If Chester had played from the start as they did the
second half, they would surely have travelled back with at least a point.
Unfortunately the damage had been done already as City struggled to come
to terms with their starting formation.
I believe City have the ability not to go down, despite
these two recent defeats at Dover and now Woking, but they have increased
the pressure on themselves and there is bound to be plenty of anxiety
around when they next take the field at the Deva against Morecambe. As
Corporal Jones might say Don't panic everyone.