Thursday, 15 September 2011

4-0 rout a game of two halves

Chester romped to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Kendal last night to continue their surge towards to top of the league.

The Blues got in front after just two minutes, although many fans missed the early goal as they were still outside lobbying for the return of Mark Peers.

Things got even better two minutes later as Chorley Chester were awarded a penalty. Confident after having converted his four previous spotkicks, Matty McGinn incorporated a forward roll and a moonwalk into his run-up before calmly dispatching the penalty kick and running off simply pointing and laughing at the beaten goalkeeper.

"We know all about the penalty clause in McGinn's arrangement with Chester, but we didn't expect the ref to give it so early in the game.  It really affected the momentum of the match" argued Kendal manager Lee Ashcroft.

Just after the half hour mark Chester added a third through Matty McNeil. The goal was met with sighs and tutting from the Chester faithful as they accepted that the game as a contest was over before half time, with some even heading for the exits.

After the break, the game turned horrifyingly dull with any sort of attacking play rendered as rare as dodo caviar.  Indeed, one of the more eye catching aspects of the second period was the stylishly photosynthesising grass. Christian Smith and Michael Taylor started a game of 'I Spy' whilst Michael Powell counted the number of away fans and took to yelling "I'm Wim Jonk!" every time he touched the ball.  Meanwhile, Liam Brownhill spent most of the second half singing "I know a song that will get on your nerves" at the Kendal left winger.

After weeks of talks between senior fans and club management, Bradley Barnes came off the bench late on to complete the negotiated minimum of five minutes of game time which he is to be guaranteed in each game he is available. This did stir the home crowd and by the time Ian Howard wrapped up a fourth, some even celebrated with a weary fist to the air.

The Blues have a free weekend on Saturday before Tuesday's Cheshire Senior Cup outing to Hyde FC. The Senior Cup was a competition that was an amusing aside when the club was in its previous guise and playing at a higher level, but these days it's actually considered a serious competition and it's really not that interesting or funny anymore.

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