BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 2
Few of us thought, in August, as
we leant on the perimeter fence at Llansantffraid-am-Mechain,
otherwise known as TNS that our association with the
friendly little club would extend beyond the friendly
match. For those unable to be there this report from
that day might prove to be a taste of things to come
given TNSís reported interest in Chester during recent
A surreal but highly pleasant opportunity
to watch Chester at Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain or Total
Network Solutions as we are supposed to call them now.
Llansantffraid is a tiny place (Two pubs and one tandoori
takeaway) in superb countryside but the football club
is ambitious and will soon have decent facilities around
two sides of the village playing field.
Chester took to the field in quaint
rural surroundings but with signs of a building project
behind one goal and a new community centre to get changed
in. The work is undoubtedly financed by the quarter
of a million pounds worth of sponsorship Llansantffraid
received for changing their name.
Was it true that kick off time was
brought forward to 2.30pm so that the local farmers
would be back home for milking time?
City began briskly from the kick
off and spent most of the first half in the home teamís
half. Nick Richardson went past three players on the
right and clipped over an inviting cross for Murphy
to head home. Unfortunately Big John suffered a bit
of concussion in the process and was taken off for
Bennett. Luke Beckettís pull back then set up Benno
to lash the ball into the back of the net for Cityís
second. Richardson sent in a thunderous drive just
past the angle of crossbar and post which then slammed
into a Vauxhall Vectra in the car park, just missing
the wing mirror and avoiding any damage. We wondered
whether City had been honing their shooting skills
by using an Aston Martin for target practice. Bennett
berated Beckett for not going down in the penalty box
when challenged by a TNS defender. But Beckett did
keep up his scoring record with a goal just before
Second half Chester came out totally
unfocussed as Hoddle would say and TNS soon pulled
a goal back. Worse was to follow when Brown brought
down the overlapping full back and conceded a penalty.
Steve OíShaunessy netted with ease. Despite a sloppy
second half performance City held on for a face saving
win. Richardson was comfortably man of the match.
Chester City: Brown; Davidson, Crosby,
Woods, Cross; Richardson, Flitcroft, Priest, Wright;
Beckett, Murphy (Bennett). Minibus driver and general
gofer: DC Evans.
All mingled afterwards in the club
house which resembled a homely village hall. The walls
were decked with memorabilia and the club boasted a
pool table and table football.