First half goals from Craig
Lindfield, George Horan and Gareth Seddon ensured that
Chester end their pre-season on a winning note.
Chester pressed from the start with Seddon bringing a save
out of Chris Cheetham in the Dabbers goal in the opening
five minutes. Craig Mahon, who was looking lively down
the wing, crossed for Lindfield only for the striker
to see his header go wide.
Mahon himself saw a shot cleared off the line by Earl
Davis before Chester broke the deadlock in the 23rd
minute as Lindfield met a Kevin McIntyre cross to score
from close range. Three minutes later Chester doubled
their lead as Horan steered a Lindfield ball past Chris
Seddon opened his Chester account
by added a third on 42 minutes driving the ball past
Cheetham into the top corner to complete an impressive
Manager Neil Young introduced seven substitutes in the
opening minutes after the break including an appearance
for Adam Judge in goal, but seemed to lose some momentum.
The visitors pulled a goal back 20
minutes from time as Russell Courtney scored after Judge
had partially cleared Adam Carden’s cross.
3 August Chester
2 Manchester City Academy X1 1
Attendance: 981 Half Time 0-0
L.Turner, Kay, Linwood (Horan 73), Pugh (Heath 73), N.Turner
(Jarrett 73), Harrison (A.Williams 73), McIntyre (Menagh
64), Mahon, Reed (M.Williams 62), Seddon (Mills 76). Sub
not used: Danby. Manchester City: Johansen, Smith-Brown
(Swan 46), Kennedy, Plummer (Tasende 78), Marin (Intima
64), Razak (Kwakwa 74), Drury (Horsefield 86), Hutton
(Byrne 69), Henshall (Barker 78), Nimely (Bunn 46), Huws.
Sub not used: O’Brien. Referee: Joe Johnson.
in the last five minutes from Ben Mills and Michael Kay
give Chester a deserved 2-1 victory against a Manchester
City Academy team.
Chester had an early chance
as Lewis Turner took a Craig Mahon pass before shooting
over from outside the box. The Blues played some nice
controlled football in the opening half and Jamie Reid
was unlucky to see one effort cannon off the bar following
good build up play with Gareth Seddon.
Chester struck the bar again
later in the half with a Craig Mahon cross being knocked
down by Kevin McIntyre for the incoming Danny Harrison
to head against the woodwork.
Manchester City had their chances
too and Lee Pugh was well placed to head a Emyr Huws
effort off the line after Chester had failed to clear
Just after the hour mark the
visitors took the lead with a great finish from Louis
Hutton who flicked the ball from his left foot to his
right one before he volleyed past Martin Fearon from
15 yards out.
Four minutes from time Chester
drew level as the threatening Mahon crossed, the City
’keeper Johansen missed the ball and Ben Mills
was on hand to score from close range.
Chester could sense a winning
goal and it came as the game moved into injury time.
Jason Jarrett crossed, the ball was knocked down by
George Horan for Kay to poke the ball home.
30 July AFC Telford United 2 Chester
Attendance: 565 (Chester 106) Half Time 0-0
AFC Telford United:
Young (Pryce 73), Lever, McGinn, Byrne, Preston
(Phenix 60), Jackson (Rooney 60), Booth, Moogan (Benjamin
60), Clancy (Farrell 56), Gray, Owens. Subs not used:
Pyke, J Bennett. Chester: Danby,
Kay, Horan (Menagh 64), Linwood, McIntyre (Mahon 79),
Heath (Pugh 66), Jarrett (A.Williams 60), Harrison, Mills
(Reed 46), Seddon (M.Williams 73), Lindfield. Sub not
used: Fearon. Referee:
Chester let a two goal
slip in the dying minutes of their latest pre-season friendly
at AFC Telford United. The Blues took the lead three minutes
after the interval with a goal from Jamie Reid and doubled
their advantage nine minutes later when Craig Lindfield
got on the scoresheet.
Telford, who featured former Chester players Matty McGinn,
Robbie Booth, Tony Gray and Sean Clancy. They pulled a
goal back four minutes from tim with Andy Owens heading
home a McGinn corner and levelled in the 88th minute as
Mike Phenix took advantage of hesitation in the Chester
defence to score.
This was a keenly contested
match with Bolton sending a development squad that also
included plenty of attacking experience in the way of
Craig Davies, Matt Mills, Tom Eaves and Tyrone Mears.
Chester manager Neil Young meanwhile gave a match to trialist
Jamie Menagh, a Blackpool midfielder.
It was an even opening period
to the game with Craig Mahon testing Trotters ‘keeper
Jay Lynch into a comfortable save in the opening five
minutes while moments later Jason Jarrett saw a free
kick scrambled away for a corner.
The visitors responded with
John Danby scrambling a Davies effort clear and then
the Blues shot-stopper saved from Chris Lester while
Oscar Threlkeld sent his effort over the bar and out
of the ground when well placed.
As the half came to an end,
Bolton almost capitalised on a rare mistake by Danby
who missed Lester’s cross only to see Davies put
the loose ball into the side netting following a deflection.
Great defending from Chester
prevented Chris Lester and Sanmi Odelusi from opening
the scoring as Bolton pressed after the restart. Chester
made five changes to the side on 52 minutes and began
to look more lively in attack.
A dangerous run and cross from Michael Kay evaded everyone
in the box while George Horan saw a headed hit the post
from close range just after the hour mark following
good work from a corner by Craig Lindfield and Paul
Jamie Reid, making his home
debut, linked up well with Marc Williams but Lynch was
on hand to collect the dangerous cross. Reid also did
well creating space to fire a shot over the bar when
put under pressure.
Fifteen minutes from time Alex
Titchiner found himself with time and space inside the
box but saw his shot well blocked by Matt Mills who
Both sides went close in the
closing stages with Titchiner twice failing to bring
a save from Lynch and Odelusi shooting wide for the
visitors at the other end.
20 July Chester
1 Crewe Alexandra 1
Attendance: 1,021 Half Time 0-1
Booked: -. Chester: Danby, Kay, Horan, Linwood,
McIntyre, Leslie (M.Williams 46), A.Williams (Jarrett
61), Harrison, Mahon (Peers 67), Lindfield (Heath 77),
Seddon (Mills 53). Sub not used: Nield. Crewe Alexandra: Phillips (Garratt 46,
Martin 67), Audel, Tootle (Clayton 66), Davis, Ellis,
Grant (Robertson 66), Moore, Osman, Molyneux, Pogba, Colclough.
Subs not used: Mellor, Dugdale. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).
second half goal from Danny Harrison brought Chester a
deserved draw in a hard fought friendly against Cheshire
neighbours Crewe Alexandra.
Chester started brightly with Craig Linfield taking on
a Craig Mahon pass and forcing a save from Steve Phillips
in the opening five minutes. Linfield was in the action
again soon later glancing the crossbar with a well taken
Alex were quick
on the counter-attack and took the lead on 16 minutes.
John Danby was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Colclough
in the area and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot,
Harry Davis converted the spot kick.
Gareth Seddon saw a 20-yarder
go wide as Chester attempted to get on level terms.
Harry Davis headed wide for Crewe when well placed before
Harrison and Ashley Williams both saw efforts blocked
by the Crewe defence.
Manager Neil Young made
changes soon after the break bringing on Marc Williams
and Ben Mills and Williams was soon in the action seeing
his header from a Lindfield corner saves by replacement
Alex ‘keeper Ben Garratt.
CHester equalised in the 65th minute
as Harrison was on hand to score from close range after
Garratt had parried a Marc Williams header.
George Horan deflected a shot
onto his own post as Crewe looked to regain the lead.
The visitors created two more chances of note late in
the game as they finished the stronger side, but the
Blues held on for a deserved draw.
16 July Chester
0 Mansfield Town 1
Attendance: 802 Half Time 0-0
(Fearon 80), Kay, Horan, Linwood (Spittle 71), McIntyre,
Harrison (Heath 71), Jarrett (A.Williams 63), Mahon (Brees
59), M.Williams, Titchiner (Lindfield 59), Seddon (Mills
24). Mansfield Town: Deakin; Kelly (Marsden
82), Black, Clements, Pilkington, Sutton, Meikle, Murtagh,
Robertson (Hutchinson 61), Morgan-Smith, Arnold. Subs
not used: Poku, Spencer, Gregory. Referee:
Rob Jones (Wirral)
Nathan Arnold goal 15 minutes from time brings a home
defeat for Chester against a Mansfield Town X1. With the
visitors delayed on the motorway the match kicked off
15 mnutes later bu that didn't stop the Stags, playing
their fourth pre-season match, form dominating the opening
periods with Arnold firing an early shot just over the
bar as Chester struggled.
Ben Mills replaced Gareth Seddon who was struggleing with
a hamstring injury midway through the first period. Chester
failed to test visiting ‘keeper Deakin throughout
the night as The Stags proved too quick and strong for
the Blues. They scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes
from time as Arnold took a Keiran Murtagh pass to score
past John Danby.
pre-season campaign got underway with a comfortable
3-0 victory at West Cheshire League side Heswall. A
decent crowd of around 300 saw Neil Young’s new
look side take the lead midway through the first half
with an own goal as a home defender turned a Craig Lindfield
cross into his own net.
The goal sparked the Blues into action
and both Marc Williams and Ashley Williams hit the woodwork
and Ben Mills put an effort wide as Chester pressed.
Mills made amends on 32 minutes heading home a fine
Lindfield cross to double the advantage.
Chester increased their scoring ten
minutes after the break with new signing Craig Mahon
scoring with a well taken shot across the home ‘keeper.
Chester made a series of changes at
half-time and included two trialists, Alex Brees and