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
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
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.
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.