| 2 May 1998
Chester City 1 Scarborough 1
Chester City: Brown,
Dobson (A.Shelton 79), Fisher, Richardson, Whelan,
Woods, Flitcroft, Priest, Murphy, Rimmer, Thomas.
Subs not used: Wright, Giles.
Scarborough: Elliot, Kaye, Sutherland, Snodin, Atkin,
G.Bennett, T.Bennett, (Robinson 75), McElhatton, Campbell (Warrall
75), Brodie, Mitchell (Williams 61).
Referee: M.Fletcher (Warley)
A frenetic finish to this match
sent Chester fans home on a fairly upbeat note. Stuart
Rimmer equalised with just four minutes to go with
a glorious headed goal after a crescendo of attacking
play. It looked like City would never score. Thomas
had been the closest in the first half with a volley
from Murphys knock down Elliott tipped
the shot over at point blank range. The Scarborough
keeper also had to be on his mettle when Thomas was
clan through in the second half, racing out to tackle
him outside the area.
Rod Thomas, back in the side for
Wright, was playing a forward role next to Murphy
and was eager to impress against the side he had
turned down at the beginning of the season. His third
near miss came in the final flurry of attacking play
after City had gone behind, his shot hitting the
post and rebounding to safety. Scarborough had taken
the lead in the 82nd minute. At first it seemed they
had scored direct from a corner but it emerged that
Flitcroft had inadvertently flicked a header into
his own net. The visiting fans about 800 of
them went delirious. There was still an outside
chance of them pinching the last automatic promotion
place as Torquay were two goals down at Orient. It
seemed a travesty to us as City had been the better
team for much of the game.
Cue the waves of relentless City
attacks as they tried to restore injured pride. Shelton
(Andy) came on for Dobson and his drilled cross eluded
everyone until it found Murphy who incredibly shinned
the ball over form a yard or so out. But Murphy then
did have a hand in the build up to Citys goal,
knocking the ball back to Fisher who crossed perfectly
to pick out Rimmer and his header looped in. Now
it was Citys fans turn to celebrate and you
would have thought we had won promotion by the amount
of cheering that went on.
Our celebrations could not mask
underlying disappointment that, for us, the season
had fizzled out weeks before. Scarborough, along
with Colchester a fortnight ago, had seemed pretty
ordinary yet both are in the play-offs. Promotion
should have been there for us this season.
Mr Guterman took up two
pages in the programme to make a statement which
explained why Citys cash crisis had come about
or gave fans any indication that there will not be
more of the same next season. We shall see what happens
over the summer.