ChesterFC.com takes a close look at the numbers game so far this season in the National League North…
Blues on-loan Salford City forward Anthony Dudley leads the scoring charts for the Blues in the league with 11 goals this term.
They have come in 29 matches this term. He’s bagged two braces – both at home against Bradford PA and Ashton. Dudley has netted from the penalty spot twice. Akwasi Asante has sped into second spot on the scoring charts with seven goals in just six matches. The Leamington game on Saturday is the first time the striker has failed to score in a Chester shirt! Dan Mooney has six goals and Craig Mahon and Gary Roberts are both locked on four.
Chester FC National League North goals 2018/19:
Anthony Dudley – 11 in 29 matches
Akwasi Asante – 7 in 6 matches
Dan Mooney – 6 in 30 matches
Gary Roberts – 4 in 26 matches
Craig Mahon – 4 in 32 matches
Simon Grand – 3 in 28 matches
Matty Hughes – 3 in 9 matches
Blues’ explosive winger Daniel Mooney is ahead on the assist charts in the National League North. The Fleetwood loanee has set up nine goals this season from out wide, which is nicely accompanied by his six goals.
Chester FC’s leading appearance holder Craig Mahon is next up with six assists, although he does also have nine in all comps – with three further in the Emirates FA Cup. Anthony Dudley and Gary Roberts have also chipped in with five apiece.
Chester FC National League North assists 2018/19:
Dan Mooney – 9
Craig Mahon – 6
Anthony Dudley – 5
Gary Roberts – 5
Simon Grand – 3
Goalkeeper Grant Shenton is the only player to have featured in every minute of the National League North campaign this season. The Blues have ten clean sheets during 2018/19.
Steve Howson has only missed one game this term and is right behind him. Craig Mahon has 30 starts and two sub appearances, and Anthony Dudley has played 29 times. Simon Grand is on 28. He was the only other player to have played every minute of the season until an injury ruled him out of all of February. Of his 28 starts this term, Dan Mooney has been substituted off on 21 occasions. Gary Roberts has made 26 appearances and has only been taken off once this season.
Chester FC National League North appearances 2018/19:
Grant Shenton – 34
Steve Howson – 33
Craig Mahon – 32
Dan Mooney – 30
Anthony Dudley – 29
Simon Grand – 28
Danny Livesey – 26
The Blues have had 15 different goalscorers in the National League North this season. Ben McKenna was the 15th with his maiden Chester goal on Saturday at the Swansway. 17 different players have also aided their teammates with assists, including two academy players in Cain Noble (who set up Asante’s 2nd goal against Darlington) and Lloyd Marsh-Hughes (who teed up Gary Roberts in stoppage time at FC United).
Mani Dieseruvwe, who is back scoring goals in the National League with Salford, failed to score with the Blues during his loan spell but had two assists to his name (both for Dan Mooney to score) and also won the last minute penalty to complete Gary Roberts’ hat trick in the 3-2 Alfreton win in October.
Home and Away
It’s no secret the Blues have found it tougher on the road this season than they have at the Deva. In fact, you’d say that the Swansway Chester Stadium has been a fortress this term. They sit joint second in the NLN home table, with just two defeats this season against Altrincham and Curzon Ashton. They average more than two goals a game, with 35 strikes in 17 matches. Only league leaders Chorley have picked up more home points this term.
However, away from home has been the achilles heel in 2018/19. Only bottom of the table Nuneaton Borough are worse travellers. The Blues have just three wins from 17 this term on the road. However, all the away victories have come with the added bonus of a clean sheet! The wins came at Curzon Ashton (3-0), Boston United (2-0) and FC United (2-0). They have the opportunity to turn three into four when Chester FC travel to Darlington this weekend. Come on you Blues!