Monday, 10 December 2012

Brackley Town 2-3 Chester FC - Match Stroll

Chester FC's season finally tipped over into the realms of the "absolutely ridiculous" on Saturday, as they swept aside arguably their closest contenders for promotion with an ease that allowed them to depart the pitch five minutes before their rivals and still win.

The Blues are now six points clear of the next nearest challenger Guiseley, and given that they've only dropped five points all season, a third title in a row is now a foregone conclusion.

"Just gonna put my feet up now," swaggered manager Neil Young.  "Might swerve the Bishop's Stortford game next weekend, and trot down to the Greyhound to do some Christmas shopping instead."

The Blues took the lead through Dave Hankin who was back in the starting line-up for the first time in weeks.  The goal marked the 57th game in succession in which Chester have scored, and the players marked it by replicating Gazza's "dentist chair" celebration, but using Heinz Tomato Ketchup instead of bottled water.

"I was tasting it for the rest of the game," admitted Hankin, later.  "Gave me a right craving for a hot dog."

Hankin then turned provider as his cross fell for Ben Mills in the area, and the former Macclesfield man made no mistake, leading to a sigh of relief from every Seals fan in the vicinity.

"There was a little bit of a concern that Millsy might have done a Torres," explained Young.  "I didn't quite spend fifty million on him, but it wasn't far off - we figured we could stretch to it, what with all the 20p pledges on Deva Chat.  So it's good that it turns out he still knows where the goal is."

Chester found a third in the second half when a Wes Baynes corner was headed in by George Horan.  This is an occurence which feels like it takes place every week, but probably hasn't actually happened all that often.

With the game wrapped up, Young waved his players off the pitch, citing that they needed to rest up before next weekend's clash with The Bishops.

The move drew criticism from some, especially as Brackley's Steve Diggin netted twice to make things tense, but the Blues ran out 3-2 winners, much to the delight of their manager.

"This is a watershed moment in our season, no-one can stop us now," raved Young before breaking into an exuberent rendition of the 'Soulja Boy' dance.

With sub-zero temperatures expected, fans have been asked to help put the covers on the Exacta pitch or, failing that, everyone is asked to pick up a can of de-icer on their way to the ground on Saturday.

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