After a run of 7 losses in 8 games, Chester finally got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over a Bromley side, desperate for form themselves.
The game started evenly, Chester creating a few chances but there was nothing of note until the 25th minute when Lucas Dawson picked up a yellow. Durrell then picked up a somewhat controversial yellow, which put the Blues on edge until the end of the first 45.
At Half-Time, this game was certainly not to be considered a classic. Blues boss Jon McCarthy made a HT double substitution, bringing on Horwood and Hudson for Hunt and the already booked Lucas Dawson. McCarthy opted not to sub Durrell, who had also been carded. Perhaps a good idea…
Bromley started the second half well, a shot from Sho-Silva went underneath Lynch but luckily Durrell was on the line to pick up the pieces. Similarly to the first, this half was very even. Chester were defensively brilliant and a volley from Horwood smashed the side netting. Chester fans, including myself, thought we had scored.
Bromley perhaps should have scored when a corner forced a goalmouth scramble but the ball was held eventually by Lynch after a speculative effort from Anderson.
However Bromley caved in, cue limbs in the away end. Durrell picked up the ball on the edge of the box and smashed it into the bottom corner. 1-0 Blues, clinical when needed.
The Chester faithful had been singing for 90 minutes and got their reward when the final whistle blew, 3 points and a happy journey home.
SO WHAT CAN CHESTER PLAY FOR?
With the Blues exiting both the FA Cup and Trophy earlier in the season, all Chester had to play for, after Christmas, was a place in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the long run of poor results left Chester in the bottom half and closer to relegation than promotion.
Firstly, there was extended pressure on Jon McCarthy. However the gaffer signed a contract for a reason. The reason being, he deserved it. Macca shouldn’t leave anytime soon, except questions need to be asked about the tactics since Ian Sharps left as assistant manager.
With the team and manager we have, Chester can certainly achieve a top half finish. In fact, we could still come in the Top 10. Unfortunately, we are out of contention for the playoffs and have little to play for. The 2017-18 season will be another in the National League.
ATTENDANCE: 1,237 (152 away)