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Tuesday 26 July
Nantwich Town 1 Chester 1
Pre-Season Friendly
Attendance: 322 Half Time 1-1
Booked: -.

Nantwich Town: Parton, White (Bourne 71), Touray (Bennion 71), Harrison (Curtis Jones 45), Bailey, Riley, S Jones (Cal Jones 78), Hall (Jackson 78), Stair (G.Abadaki), Cooke (Kapend 71), Gordon (O.Abadaki 71). Subs not used: Moorhead, Cabaye.
Roberts (Worsnop 45), Horwood (Evans 80), George (Joyce 68), Hudson (Hughes 78), Astles, Shaw (Reeves 80), Durrell (Mahon 68), Hunt, Waters, Akintunde (Chapell 68), Alabi (Richards 45). Subs not used: Evans, Reeves.
Referee: TBA.

Chester remain unbeaten in pre-season after Elliott Durrell scored his first goal for Chester to earn a draw at Northern Premier League side Nantwich Town.

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Saturday 23 July
Marine 3 Chester 5
Pre-Season Friendly
Attendance: 292 Half Time 1-5
Booked: -.

Marine: Cooper (Hare 46), Field, Short, Hughes (Noonan 87), Smart (Clair 75), Pilliner (Brizzell 53), Davies (Bellew 52), O’Hare (Byrne 52), Whyte (Conway 82), Anouro (Foley 75), Mwasile (Williams 90).
Jones, Hughes, Heath, Evans, Murray (Excel 46), Reeves (Muscat 46), Newton (Newitt 46), Waters (Ellams 46), Akintude (Mendes 46), Hamilton, Baillie.
Referee: James Madine (Liverpool).

A first half hat-trick from trialist James Akintunde sees Chester come away from Marine with a victory.

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Wednesday 20 July
Chester 3 Airbus UK Broughton 2
Pre-Season Friendly
Attendance: 589 Half Time 2-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Worsnop, Waters, Hudson, Astles, Horwood (Evans 65), Mahon, George (Joyce 65), Shaw (Hughes 65), Hunt (Chapell 22), Alabi (Durrell 65), Richards.
Airbus UK Broughton: Nield, Roberts-Nurse, McGinn, Michael, Williams, Connolly, Edwards, Monteiro, Wignall, Smith, Murphy. Subs: Mendes, Bassangue, Hulley, Evans, Blake, Cook, Maldon.
Referee: Dave Underwood (Lancashire).

A late goal from Craig Mahon brings Chester victory after the Blues had led 2-0 at the break.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Saturday 16 July
Altrincham 2 Chester 2
Pre-Season Friendly
Attendance: 503 Half Time 0-1
Booked: -.

Altrincham: Dawber, Patterson, Cyrus, Hannigan (Heathcote 72), Charlton, Joyce (Hasler-Cregg 54), Goodall, Menagh (Moult 54), Lynch, Lawrie, Reeves (Hattersley 60). Sub not used: O’Loughlin.
Chester: Worsnop (Jones 87), Waters (Newton 74), Hudson (Astles 45), Vassell, Horwood (Heath 63), Chapell (Exell 83), Hughes (George 45), Shaw (Joyce 63), Hunt (Evans 45), Durrell, Richards (Alabi 45).
Referee: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

While we didn’t see every familiar face we were expecting at Altrincham, with the news that Robins’ summer signing Craig Hobson had taken a knock, it was good to have a chat with ex-Chester manager Neil Young when we arrived for this pre-season friendly.

Jamie Menagh also started for Altrincham, while the Blues named triallists Joe Heath, Rakim Newton, Wade Joyce, Kevin Exell and goalkeeper Keighan Jones. But it was Kane Richards who made the first impression on the game when he scored for Chester within the first 25 minutes.

Another familiar name this time Damian Reeves – featured on the scoresheet when he replied for Altrincham with a well-taken goal on the 15th minute of the second half. Then ex-Chester loanee Danny Hattersley made it 2-1 to Altrincham less than 10 minutes later. But Chester substitute James Alibi replied soon after that with a good run into the box and strike less than 10 minutes later to even the score up.

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Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Wednesday 13 July
Chester 0 Wigan Athletic 0
Pre-Season Friendly
Attendance: 1,180 Half Time 0-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Roberts (Worsnop 46), Vassell (Waters 65), Hudson (Exell 85), Astles, Horwood (Heath 65), Mahon (Newitt 85), Joyce (Newton 75), George (Hughes 75), Hunt (Evans 65), Alabi (Durrell 46), Chapell (Richards 46).
Wigan Athletic (first half): Nicholls, Taylor, Warnock. Morgan, Burn, Perkins, Gilbey, Power, Jacobs, Wildschut, Davies
Wigan Athletic (second half): Nicholls, Daniels, Hendrick, Pearce (Whitehead 75), Taylor, Morsy, Chow, Huws, Colclough, Odelusi, Cosgrove.
Referee: Michael Salisbury.

Both Liam Roberts and Jon Worsnop made a series of good saves as Chester fought well to hold a strong Wigan side. The Latics started the stronger side and Roberts denied both Craig Davies and Yanic Wildschut as the visitors pressed for an early goal.

Chester had the best chance of the opening half just before the break as James Alibi broke clean through only for Lee Nicholls in the visitors’ goal to deny the striker.

The Blues defence with Ryan Astles and Blaine Hudson forming a good partnership, were holding firm as Wigan, who made a raft of changes at the break, pressed in the second period. Worsnop made a fine save to deny Emyr Huws from long range, and Sam Cosgrove cleared the bar when he should have done better from close range.

Worsnop denied Huws again before Kane Richards almost opened the scoring latching on to a loose back pass but the deflected effort just went wide of the post.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Saturday 9 July
Sandbach United 0 Chester 4
Pre-Season Friendly
Attendance: TBA Half Time 0-1
Booked: -.

Chester (first half): Roberts, Waters, Hudson, Astles, Heath, Chapell, Joyce, Shaw, Durrell, Richards, Hassell.
Chester (second half): Roberts, Evans, Killock, Hughes, Horwood, Mahon, George, Newton, Hunt, Alabi, Edwards (Exell 70).
Referee: TBA.

Chester’s pre-season preparations got up and running with a 4-0 victory at Sandbach United. Manager Jon McCarthy was forced into a change in the starting line-up as a finger injury forced Jon Worsnop out meaning a full 90 minutes for loan signing Liam Roberts. There were also six trialist’s on show: Joe Heath, Ryan Edwards, Aaron Hassall, Kevin Exell, Rakim Newton and Wade Joyce.

Kane Richards opened the scoring just after the half hour with a fine long range shot following a Ryan Astles through ball.

Six minutes into the second period James Alibi added a second following an exchange of passes with Jonny Hunt. Trialist Edwards (ex-TNS) slotted home the third goal on 65 minutes.

Hunt and Craig Mahon both forces saved from Joe Grant in the home goal before Hunt wrapped up the scoring with a free-kick seven minutes from time.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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