BUCS Northern 2A
University of Chester (Chester) 2 Liverpool John Moores University II 1 (att 80)
I headed to Chester expecting a game that would pass the time and give me a chance to tick off a new football venue, but this was a terrific game of football that shows that any level of the sport can provide top entertainment.
John Moores needed to win this, their final league game, to draw level on points with leaders MMU. They might have expected an easy time, as Chester went into the game having won just once in nine games, and were on -12 points thanks to deductions.
But the visitors never got going, while Chester, cheered on by a large crowd lining the pitch in the Parkgate Road campus, attacked from the off. That Chester took until the 55th minute to go in front was due mostly to a fine display by the John Moores keeper.
Chester conceded a leveller, an own goal, seven minutes from the end. Sensing an opportunity for a late win Liverpool John Moores poured forward, but were caught on the break as the home side scored what proved to be an 88th minute winner.
Both sides played some good football, and the game was excellent to watch.
The home side, whose tautologically-sounding name differentiates them from BUCS rivals Chester (Warrington) play on a floodlit 3G pitch surrounded by campus buildings. A footpath runs along one side, giving spectators somewhere to stand, although oddly it runs in front of a pair of rather redundant dugouts.