Friday, 24 August 2012

Chester FC vs Colwyn Bay, then Altrincham FC - Bank Holiday Preview

A bank holiday double header awaits Neil Young's Chester this weekend with two games which will go a long way to determining whether Young's latest master plan will be realised.

"Last year, the aim was 100 goals and 100 points and we smashed it, basically," hiccuped the Blues boss.

"This year, we're going a little more arty.  A little more subtle.  46 games.  46 wins.  46 goals.  Can you feel it?"

Indeed, Young's plan of winning every game 1-0 has started well, as his team has recorded that very scoreline in each of their opening two games.  Colwyn Bay provide the next test of their former manager's minimalist approach.

"We know all about Neil and his crazy schemes," admitted Bay chairman Bobby Potato.  "At Llanelian Road, he insisted that the players weren't allowed to score in the six yard box unless it was a header or volley.  Keeps the lads interested I guess, and you can't argue with his record."

The Seagulls have also won their first two games and boast former Blues Chris Sanna and Rob Hopley amongst their number, as well as former Premier League defender and own-goal machine Frank Sinclair.

"The plan is to get the ball out wide, and for the wingers to hit Sinclair with their crosses," revealed Neil Young.

"Sooner or later he'll bullet one past his own keeper - he can't help himself."

Bank Holiday Monday sees Chester make the trip to Altrincham FC - a club famous for sounding like it has a g in its name, even though it doesn't.

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is a major shareholder of the club, and this is a fact that definitely sounds like it was made up by someone who knew that no-one would bother checking if it was true.

Wikipedia also states that in 2003, Alty won the Antony Worrall Thompson Trophy - an achievement that seems even more unlikely than the Ricky Ponting story.

Young is expected to rotate the squad to keep players fresh, with two games in three days bound to take its toll on his part-time players.  This is likely to lead to Sean Clancy being given a chance to prove his worth and Michael Powell being let loose in search of his first yellow card of the season.

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