Game Number 18 of the 2014/15 season
A Cheshire derby to mark non-league day, with the home side on a bad run and the Silkmen unbeaten in six games so far, an excellent recipe for the bubble to burst. A thoroughly miserable game, the sort that make £18 an even more unreasonable ticket price. Even more annoying was the absence of Iwelumo and Winn from the Chester line-up. Still, at least the programme was only £2.50.
Arrived nice and early, which allows for a good choice of seat, except when your friend’s son has free choice. The result of which was the back row, very far left, and to top it off just in the firing line as the players were doing a shooting drill. I’ve not looked forward to a kick so much for a long time.
Maccesfield made a fair start to the game and enjoyed some decent possession in the opening exchanges, however this was in contrast to the remaining 85 minutes. Chester were first to every ball and their solid defense were aerially dominant, meaning Macc were often straight on the back-foot from their own set pieces.
Despite this Chester may consider themselves fortunate to have opened the scoring. A soft foul on Hobson (who was arguably offside in the build up) was rewarded with a free-kick; superbly dispatched by Rooney into the far corner from 25 yards. Had this not been given, it is conceivable that Macc would have escaped with a point, despite their ineptitude.
In a game of few chances it was Gnahoua who spurned the away side’s best chance; clean through on goal he inexplicably chose to round the keeper instead of choosing a side and getting a shot away. Holroyd did better with a half chance in the second half, with a sharp turn thwarted by an excellent charge down and save from the Chester stopper.
Chester saw the game out in very comfortable fashion to claim a deserved three points. The Silkmen were unable to get a hold on midfield all game, and boss Askey was too late in matching Chester’s three man approach. Both sides may well be in the lower reaches of the table come the end of the season on this showing, fifty points can’t come soon enough.
An excellent idea is the naming of man of the match for each team, not that the selection of this for Macc was a difficult task for today. Similarly refreshingly, it was not the goalscorer named man of the match for the home side; proof that some match sponsors do watch a game.
Nice easy game on Tuesday, Halifax…..
Entertainment = 4/10