It’s been an interesting start to the season for the Nomads 1st team with 6 fixtures in just over 3 weeks. Dropping points at home but picking up maximum points on the road.
Here’s how the games went.
Chester Nomads v Upton
After a good preseason the lads were really looking forward to starting the season and what could be better than a home fixture on a Friday evening against local rivals Upton.
Well, let’s just say it didn’t really go to plan. The ref decided to stamp his authority on the game early on and decided to send Manny off inside 15 seconds. The rashest referee decision ever to be witnessed some might say. Shortly followed by another silly sending off and the lads were down to 9 men. The second half was a one sided affair which could have seen the lads see further red cards but were lucky in the end to come away with a 0-5 defeat.
Newton v Chester Nomads
Next on the fixture list was a midweek journey to last years champions Newton, it doesn’t get much more difficult than that.
Having thought they couldn’t start any worse than the previous game Nomads conceded a penalty inside the opening minute, luckily for the boys the Newton lad blazed over.
A very tight high tempo game saw a lot of chances at both ends and the lads managed to take a 2-0 lead in the next 20 mins with goals from Josh Gannon and Louis Moss but they were quickly followed by 2 Newton goals.
2-2 at the break and a lot more positives to take from the first half.
Nomads came out the second half even stronger creating a few early chances and managed to get themselves back it front from a Jon Lee shoulder. This was quickly followed up by Gannon’s second to make it 4-2.
It was a nervey last 20 with a few penalty shouts for Newton but the lads managed to hold on to claim the first 3 points for the season.
Richmond v Chester Nomads
Another difficult away trip on the cards as we soon travelled to Richmond.
Nomads first team have always struggled with this fixture on the 4G conceded a lot of goals.
On a very windy afternoon both sides found it difficult to get the ball down and play much football in the first half.
The second half saw the game open up slightly with a couple more chances, against the run of play the Richmond winger snuck into the box and hit one into the far corner.
With 20 to go a moment of madness from the Richmond goalie saw him volley Nomads captain Ed Moss which resulted in a penalty, who stepped brother Louis who put it too bin.
This was very quickly followed by a very good move down the left by nomads, an out swinging cross found its way to jord Davies who hit it first time from 25 yards nestling in the bottom corner.
Last 15-20 mins was similar to the first half with very few chances and the lads held on for their second win on the road.
Ashville v Chester Nomads
Chester Nomads were on the road again for the 3rd straight game away at Ashville FC. Having won the previous two outings against Newton & Richmond Raith Rovers, there was excitement in the air especially after the poor start against local rivals Upton. On a boiling hot Saturday the two young sides locked horns on a pristine surface. After both threatening early on, it was Chester Nomads who stuck first. Ed Moss was razor sharp closing both Ashville centre halves down, pinching it off the later before racing clear from just inside the opposition territory. A cool finish from 20 yards out gave Nomads the lead which they would take in at half time. Just before the whistle blew Jon Lee was involved in a thunderous challenge which left him slightly dazed.
After plenty of fluid, the second half began with a high tempo from both sets of players. One change for Nomads at the break as Jon Lee was forced off with concussion. 10 minutes into the second half a deep Ashville corner was nodded in by arguably their best player. 1-1. Ed Moss was then sin binned for the first time this season making history as the first ever Chester Nomads player to receive the 10 minutes penalty. I’m sure this won’t be the first time you read that this season. After a sloppy opening 20 minutes to the second half Nomads found there rhythm and started creating chances. The Nomads forwards were looking electrifying, causing all sorts of problems. Missed chances were looking like costing Nomads another away victory when in the last phase of play, Ryan Wan picked up the ball 30 yards out, left hand side of the pitch. After two step overs leaving two Ashville defenders soulless, Wanny was at the by-line. After a couple of ricochets in the box the ball finally broke to the late run of Jordan Davies. Jord took a touch to compose himself and thrashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner from 12 yards out sending the Nomads faithful (Jordan Churchill) into ecstasy in the 90th minute. Jord Davies with his second winner in as many weeks.
Chester Nomads v Capenhurst
After 3 very good wins on the road the lads were hoping to bring their form back to Boughton Hall. The weather once again made the pitch at the club a hard quick surface which didn’t favor the lads in their last home fixture. The lads were slow out the blocks and Capenhurst were working harder all over the pitch, the lads were lucky to find themselves coming in 0-0 at half time.
Second half started much better and a great move down the right hand side was pulled across and hit first time by Sam Lloyd into the far corner to get his first goal of the season. The lads were then unlucky not to make it 2-0 shortly after, a fathead header on to the bar and a goal line clearance from a chunk header kept the score at 1-0.
Then a mad 5 minutes where a hefty tackle in the middle landed to the Cape defender to ping a long ball over the top for the on running midfielder to take it on his chest and lob Minsh from 20 yards. This was quickly followed by a rash challenge 35 yards out which resulted in a Cape freekick. No one expected the young lad to hit it, but he whipped it into the top right corner of the net.
The next ten minutes were pretty one directional as the lads searched for an equalizer but unfortunately couldn’t find it.
Another home defeat for the lads.
Marshall’s v Chester Nomads
Another midweek disappointment the lads were hoping to continue their 100% record on the road and next up was Marshall’s.
Last season saw these two sides struggle towards the bottom end of the table but I believe things will be a bit different this year.
Marshall’s started the much stronger side and moved the ball round well on a very windy pitch. Playing into the wind they managed to get the ball in behind the Nomads back 3 on a number of occasions and created some good chances only to have a goal ruled out for offside. The next 15 minutes was more of the same story and Marshall’s made Nomads pay and took a 1-0 lead going into half time.
Early in to the second half Nomads made all their changes. This looked to give the lads the boost they needed as they had a strong 20 minute spell.
A well worked move down the left and Beast Mode run from Jack Del forced the Marshall’s CB to turn it in to his own net.
This was then followed by the goal of the game, off the corner Marshall’s tried to clear the ball as it came to Dan Astbury 16 yards out who rocketed his volley into the roof of the net.
Sam Lloyd then quickly made it 3-1 getting his second goal in a number of games.
Marshall’s managed to pull one back in the latter stages but the lads held on for another victory on the road.
Chester Nomads 0 - 5 Upton AA
Newton 2 - 4 Chester Nomads
Josh Gannon 2
Richmond 1 - 2 Chester Nomads
Louis Moss (pen)
Ashville 1 - 2 Chester Nomads
Chester Nomads 1 - 2 Capenhurst
Marshall’s 2 - 3 Chester Nomads