Chester Move On
9 September 2018
Chester FC showed there was life after Loren Moron, dismantling Accrington Stanley in Sunday's clash. Six different players got on the scoresheet for the Division Five leaders.
Chester made just one change to the winning eleven at Crawley and that move immediately reaped rewards. From kickoff, the ball was played wide to Rafał Kurzawa. Some quick passing with captain Fran Beltran saw Kurzawa play the ball to debutant Krzysztof Piątek. Piątek unselfishly played it to compatriot Łukasz Wolsztyński. This left Wolsztyński with an easy tap-in; Chester gained the lead after just 12 seconds.
Another foray down the left nearly got Piątek a debut goal, but Adam Maxted in the Stanley goal showed strong hands to save. Indeed, Maxted kept the score respectable with some good goalkeeping. This, combined with Gedson Fernandes unluckily hitting the post, kept Stanley in this derby despite intense Chester pressure. The pressure eventually told as Chester got their second. More intricate passing between Fernandes and Stefan Gartenmann saw the latter play through to Zeki Celik. The right-back kept his calm to make it 2-0; Accrington's game plan was undone.
Roused into action, Stanley almost got one back, but the post denied captain Pierre Mingoia. Unfortunately for the visiting fans, the comeback didn't endure. Once again, Chester carved open Stanley's defence with tidy passing and superb off the ball movement. With a number of blue shirts available for the pass, Fran Beltrán surprised the Stanley by shooting from range. From just outside the box, the shot had enough precision and power to give the young captain his second goal in two games. Piątek then searched for his goal, but Maxted denied him for the rest of the half.
Following John Coleman's half time team talk, the visitors improved. Apart from young Callum Johnson, Maxted was afforded little protection by his back four. This naivete once again cost the visitors. A lapse in concentration from Seamus Connelly saw Giangiacomo Magnani break free. The Italian continued his superlative start, squaring for Gedson Fernandes to make it 4-0.
Indeed, defensive errors began to creep in as the match wore on - a poor throw-in by Hamza Mendyl gave Accrington possession on the right flank. Érico Sousa's cross caused mayhem in the hosts' penalty area. In the ensuing scramble, Callum Johnson was able to play it to veteran Adam Mangan, who made no mistake. Normal service resumed in the 75th minute, as Rafał Kurzawa capitalised on slack Accrington marking to score Chester's fifth.
Having assisted Kurzawa's goal, Beltrán continued to thrive late in the match. One of his precise passes played through Giangiacomo Magnani. With the defence in close attendance, Magnani blasted the ball. Maxted never got close to the Correggio native's shot.
Chester had a late scare, but Offrande Zanzala's speculative shot rattled the post to conclude a miserable derby for the visitors. Accrington find themselves 15 points behind in the race for a play-off spot, while Chester remain first in Division Five. In Loren Moron, Chester have lost a definite legend, but may gain several more cult heroes from his departure.
Nine of the eleven Chester players were involved in a goal.
Loren is gone. The stats speak for themselves - 32 goals and 15 assists in 17 appearances, 9.82 Average Rating, 17 Man of the Match awards. Yet a big cash offer for him was always going to be accepted for the sake of this club. Poor form in real life set this decision in stone. Following the arrivals of Beltrán and Piątek, we can settle down in terms of transfers (Albeit a new AML is needed after Kurzawa's departure). Our team is now full of more reliable big league talents; hopefully these can take us even further.