Chester ended their pre-season campaign with a 4-1 defeat
at the hands of an U21 side from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Blues fielded virtually a different side in each
half with Callum Woods notching a consolation goal nine
minutes from time. The only Blues player to play the
90 minutes was 34-year-old centre back and trialist
Mike Edwards who recently left Carlisle United.
made a slow start and fell behind to an early Rangers
goal on eight minutes by Dan Cope, but goals from Craig
Hobson, Kingsley James and Peter Winn ensure that the
Blues come away from Marston Road with a hard earned
29 July Chester
1 Tranmere Rovers 1
Attendance: 1,532 Half Time 1-1
Chester fielded a strong
side at The Aspire Stadium with midfielder Danny Harrison
making a first appearance for ten months following injury.
It was teenage midfielder neil Blake who opened the
scoring on 34 minutes following good work from Tom Peers.
Peter Winn doubled the advantage with a 25-yard strike
two minutes later and gave the Blues a 3-0 advantage
scoring from he penalty spot soon after half-time. The
home side reduced the scoreline on 81 minutes through
Tim Sanders before Bohan Dixon completed the Chester
scoring six minutes from time with a fine solo goal.
Striker Chris Iwelumo suffered an injury early in the
match and had to be replaced.
A lacklustre performance
from Chester who were beaten for the first time in their
pre-season build-up. Witton took the lead on 19 minutes
as Danny Edwards fired a well taken shot from the edge
of the box past Jon Worsnop in the Blues goal. The home
side doubled their advantage ten minutes before the
break as former Blues played Iain Howard set up Neil
Harvey to add the second.
Chester made changes at the break and had more possession
in the second period though rarely troubled Chris Sanna
in th ehome goal. Five minutes from time Craig Mahon
scored a consolation goal with a superb 25-yard shot
in off the crossbar.
22 July Chester
2 Burnley U21 2
Attendance: 723 Half Time 0-1
Chester drew their first home pre-season friendly 1-1
with Crewe Alexandra. An entertaining game saw Crewe’s
Chris Atkinson give the Railwaymen the lead on 28 minutes
but midfielder John Rooney cancelled that out with a
superb 25-yarder on 67 minutes.
15 July Upton AA 2 Chester 4
Attendance: 200 (estimate) Half Time 1-2
Metcalfe (Ryan Nield), Adam Garner, Danny Taylor (Joe
Williams), Callum Woods, Tom Batten, Oscar Durnin (Alex
Hughes), Jack Rea, Bohan Dixon, Liam Blake, Sean Miller,
A young Chester side came
away from West Cheshire League side Upton AA with a
4-2 victory in a pre-season friendly last night. Chester
took a 2-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes with goals
from trialist Oscar Durnin and Sean Miller. The home
side pulled a goal back through Nathan Mapletoft before
goals from trialist Alex Hughes and striker Tom Peers
gave the Blues a 4-1 advantage. A late consolation goal
from Todd Reid reduced the final score to 4-2.
campaign got off to a winning start with a 4-2 victory
at Marine. Two goals for trialist and King’s Lynn
player George Thomson plus penalties from John Rooney
and Chris Iwelumo gave Chester a four goal lead before
two Marine goals reduced the arrears. Goalkeeper Jon Worsnop
was sent off ten minutes from time after bringing down