Chester Nomads 1 - 1 Maghull
Saturday 7th March 2015 kick off 3pm
If anyone cares to disagree, you should have been here with me.
Because of the weather, it was destined to be a difficult game. Throw in a slope and you get the picture that this game had horrendous written all over it. And so it turned out to be.
Maghull had to focus on keeping their left side busy in the first half and vice versa for the hosts. Chester actually played the conditions a little better in the first half. But after a quick start, in which they felt they could have scored on a few occasions, the game fizzled out. In reality, the alleged chances were nothing more than wild efforts and a skirmish which Maghull cleared.
We did have a penalty shout mid way through the first half, but it was more in hope than expectation. Then Maghull did get a penalty, three minutes before the break. Steele got past his man, was sort of manhandled and tumbled to the ground. I have seen plenty not given, but the referee was kind. Danny Ricketts smashed home the spot kick and Maghull, learning from last weeks mistakes, kept it tight and went to the interval with the lead.
The obvious manner of playing in the second half, was all down the right hand side. But that didn't happen and how the ref didn't add on an extra 20 minutes for the amount of time the ball had to be retrieved from many acres away, after wind assisted clearances is beyond me. But in hindsight, he did us all a favour.
This not helped when Chester gained something to hang on too, after being gifted a goal early in the second half. A corner should have been cleared, but, after a veritable round of bagatelle the ball found the back of the net. And we were back to square one.
What had been a rather tedious game, suddenly became an insomniacs dream and only the clattering, once again on James Steele, woke us from our slumber. A penalty !! No, the referee and linesman deemed it just outside the box. The free kick came to nothing.
That was about it really. One or two fiesty challenges, tried to keep our attention, but all in all it was a game easily forgotten. Points shared and our first venture into the draw column this season.
Next match : Cammell Lairds .... home .... league Saturday 14th March 2015 kick off 3pm
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