Danny back as reserves win again

Last updated : 21 September 2005 By Tony Scholes

It was good to see Danny in a claret & blue shirt and he played all but the last quarter of an hour, appeared to play with no discomfort, and clearly played with a smile on his face throughout that suggested he was enjoying himself.

The Chester keeper saves with Frank Sinclair waiting for any slip

He lined up in a side that included four of the five substitutes from last night plus loan striker Karl Bermingham and Duane Courtney who have both been on the first team bench recently.

It was an afternoon when Burnley dominated proceedings and should probably have won a lot more comfortably than the 2-0 final score line but we did let some chances go begging, particularly Bermingham who missed three good chances when one on one with the keeper, and too often we hit hopeful balls rather than moving the ball through the midfield.

But overall it was a good performance and the two goals were worth the admission money alone. The first one came after Danny K had got the ball down the left hand side. He crossed low and left Kyle Lafferty with the simplest of chances for his first reserve goal of the season.

He nearly doubled the lead shortly after that but the pass from Danny was just inches ahead of him allowing the keeper to clear the ball.

Duane Courtney can't just bundle the ball home for number three

The second goal came very early in the second goal and although Bermingham struggled in front of goal, he hit a superb ball over from the left that dropped nicely for Connor Smith, on as a substitute for Marc Pugh, and he made no mistake with a well struck shot into the bottom corner to the goalkeeper’s right.

We continued to dominate the play but despite the pressure we weren’t able to add a third and in fact in the dying minutes Chester twice came close to pulling one back. Both were saved by Brian Jensen, the first of them an excellent stop down low to his left.

All in all though it was a comfortable win and any report of this game has to make special mention of Frank Sinclair. Over the years I have seen so many first team players go into the reserves for one reason or another and show very little commitment and often a bad attitude.

Today Frank was an absolute credit, his attitude was first class and he even came close to scoring a goal. What a top class club captain we have. Well done Frank.

The teams were,

Chester: Ryan Brookfield, Carl Regan, Abdel El Khoti, Mark Cadwallader, Kevin Roberts, Stephen Vaughan, Leo Bertos, Justin Walker, Paul Rutherford, Chris Holroyd, Craig Dove. Subs: Nick Linford, James Wilson, Rob Marsh-Evans, Adam Wade, Karl Noon.

Burnley: Brian Jensen, Rob Henry, Martin Reilly, Nicky Platt, Frank Sinclair (Tom Blackler 68), Duane Courtney, Marc Pugh (Connor Smith 45), Chris McCann, Kyle Lafferty, Karl Bermingham, Danny Karbassiyoon (Jay Rodriguez 75). Subs not used: Jack Overson, Dale Underwood.