Chester Nomads 0-7 Maghull
Saturday 19th October 2013
Was it written in the stars, or did the lads finally just click.
From the outset it looked promising, by half time it had eventually become a public slaughtering.
Tom Wharton started the humiliation, by missing a massive sitter inside the first five minutes. Heads were held in hands, as we could not see how Tom managed to put his effort over the bar, from so close in (don't worry, you are not alone Tom)
The early breakthrough came very soon after, when a long ball by Paul Jackson found Mick McGinn, who beat his man and drove the ball into the far corner. McGinn soon doubled the lead, following a fine move down the left, the ball took a one touch hiding, before finding McGinn on the corner of the box. A step inside of his man and the same bottom corner of the net was found, this time with his left foot.
What was fast becoming a bit of a nightmare for the Nomads, soon saw them reduced to ten men, when Steve Williams was sent clear into the box, only to be clumsily upended. The last man rule was applied, and then the penalty was despatched to bring a rapid fire hat trick for McGinn.
There was some respite for Chester, as the pace of the game dropped a little, but urged on from Lee Carrol and the sidelines, the lads soon increased the tempo and scored a fourth before the break. Another classy move, left the hosts chasing shadows and leaving Danny Dillon to place a rising side footer into the top corner.
Half time brought about much needed rest for both sides, as Maghull had played most of the half at a very high intensity and Chester just could not cope with it. It also brought a horrendous thunderstorm.
The conditions became dreadful and from here on out, the second half had shambles written all over it. But Maghull, having adjusted, to get used to the now sodden and cut up pitch, changed the game from a long hoof spectacle, to knocking the ball about again.
This bore fruit, when McGinn exchanged passes with Ben Sumner and was brought down. The booking was harsh on the defender. But once again, severe retribution for the foul was taken. The Chester keeper took up a strange position, close to his near post. McGinn did a Ronaldinho and launched the ball into the far corner and a nap hand was up.
In the hope of hurrying the lads on towards further goals, I even tried to intervene with a quick ball retrieval, only succeeding in giving the lads a laugh, especially Mr Sumner who was doubled up on the touchline while I tried to drag myself off the soggy grass and gain some respectability. It was a wasted exercise. But I am claiming true commitment to the cause, staying out in that weather, as virtually all else had scuttled away to pastures drier.
The goal of the match, in my opinion, came as the rain stopped and our very own Mr Sunshine, Ryan Stamper, came off the bench, played a lovely one two in the box with Steve Williams and dummied the keeper to make it six.
Danny Dylan completed the rout with minutes to go, slotting an effort into the far corner and completing a miserable day for the hosts.
To say that the Chester keeper was their man of the match is not being rude. He pulled off two brilliant saves from Paul Jackson and Danny Dillon and seemed to have a personal vendetta against Steve Williams as he kept out everything he threw at him.
Was it magnificent, was it heaven, was it luck (no, not even with the sending off) I shall stop the seven links just by saying, it was class and great to watch.
And yes, I was right, the hiding was going to come... maybe Chester did not take heed.
Next Game : Mallaby away Saturday 26th October 2013 kick off 3pm
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