It’s official; Football is a cruel world. The boys give everything and more today against Chester, and even after a sending off (a correct professional foul decision) still match their opposition in every department. A speculative long range effort deflects past Brendan late in the second half and the three points go back up north. Gutting for the supporters who give the team great support and show the team appreciation at the end for their efforts.
Player Ratings (out of 10):
Gallifuoco 7 McGinty 7 Anderson 6 Rowe-Turner 7
Verma 7 Young 7 Lathrope 8
Reid 8 Keating 6 Harrad 6
Subs: Lee 7 Williams 6 Sparkes 6
Sent-off: Anderson 43 mins – professional foul
Man of the Match:
Jamie Reid. Jamie is right on his game, moving well off the ball and on it, with skilful touches aplenty. The striker works his socks off and came so close to getting a deserved goal in the second half (see my key moment). Honourable mention also for Damon, who makes loads of interventions and tackles in midfield – his deflection for the goal is tough (to say the least).
Three in midfield with Verna on the left, whilst Luke patrols the right. The three upfront is not ideal and Sparkes is a big miss on the wings. However unselfish running on the channels from Ruairi and Reid keep the Chester defence busy. Nico gets just about everything right considering the lack of available options and the boys looks mentally prepared from the off.
Chester FC are average, but have two players in Astles and Alabi that Nico would love. One a big tough centre back who can also play the bit, the other a big bustling striker who holds the ball up and is fouled by Myles who is then sent off. They bring an excellent away following, who understandably enjoy the win. Overall a team we could have beaten, with or without 11 players on the field.
Midway through the second half, Reid finds Keating whose shot is blocked by the keeper – the ball finds its way back to Reid to hit a volley that looks like hitting the top right hand corner of the net. But no. Their keeper re-adjusts quickly to make an amazing save onto the post – I was ready to celebrate along with the rest of Bristow’s. Also a quick word on the sending off, Myles comes round to cover and his despairing dive is a foul and sending off. A right decision from a ref who is whistle happy and gets our backs up, especially in the second half.
Gallifuouco: GG is no right back but does well in the role, before switching to centre back to replace Myles. He generally does a good job; winning headers and distributing ok, that is apart from some over-cooked crosses after some rare ventures past the halfway line. He will be back into the centre at Aldershot and looks ready to do it judging by a strong showing alongside Sean today.
Big disappointment as we are back in the mire, but it is very hard to be critical of any of the team and subs. Meanwhile the Yellow Army find their voice and make it our noisiest home game in a while (including chants of Nich ol son). The team’s application and effort is total, and credit to Jordan Lee who plays well at right back after coming on. The game had three big moments; the sending off, Reid’s saved shot and the goal. All three went in Chester’s favour and that was the difference. Nico and the boys are doing everything they can and will continue to give it their all; just got to hope our luck turns so we can scrap our way out of this.