Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Chester FC 2-1 Colwyn Bay, then Altrincham 2-4 Chester FC - Bank Holiday Report

Chester made it four out of four over the bank holiday weekend with victories against Colwyn Bay and Altrincham.

The Bay fixture was overshadowed by a bizarre Twitter conflict between the apparently 40-year-old Frank Sinclair and some Chester fans who seem to be very angry with life.  Much of the offending content has now been removed, and it's probably best for the world if we all act like it never happened.

The game itself was a fairly scratchy affair.  Nathan Jarman gave Chester the lead, at which point the Blues walked off the pitch, believing their job to be done.

"After the first two games ended 1-0, they'd got it into their head that we've been playing the golden goal rule this year," explained Neil Young, manager.

"I raced into the dressing room to retrieve them, but by the time I'd got them back on the pitch, Kevin Holsgrove had raced up the other end and scored for The Seagulls."

Ben Mills headed home a Matty McGinn cross midway through the second half to give Chester the 2-1 win, whilst substitute Michael Powell picked up a booking.

"Just giving the fans what they want," grinned Powell.  "Getting a yellow is like my own physical version of a catchphrase.  It's just an inside joke that rewards regular supporters.  The occasional visitor doesn't get it, but you see all the loyal attendees give each other a little nod and a wink when it happens."

Thus, the Blues moved on to Altrincham, where it is reported that there was some fighting. The Jestrian didn't see it, so won't be speculating about it.  Not that hard, is it?

On the pitch, Chester got off to a flying start, as Ben Mills banged home another two goals, celebrating by plagiarising British athlete Mo Farah's "mobot" dance.

"We were hoping to sign Ben, but we can't handle the legal costs if he gets sued," said a worried Neil Young.

Having only conceded one in the previous three games, Chester then contrived to lose their lead as Alty scored two excellent goals, one either side of the half time interval.

It was left to Michael Powell to restore Chester's advantage, the stand-in skipper staying cool under pressure to slot home.  In celebration, Powell was unable to perform the mobot as his quiff prevents him from getting his hands anywhere near his head.

Matty McGinn sealed the three points for the Blues, rocketing a long range hit past Stuart Coburn to prove that he's still prolific from left back.

"He's basically Chester's Steph Houghton," said someone who watched Team GB in the women's Olympic football.

Chester's next game is away at Solihull, which isn't a place you'd go under any other circumstances.

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