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MATCH REPORTS 2017/18

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JULY
Runcorn Town (A) | Flint Town United (A) | Hyde United (A) | Bala Town (A) | Altrincham (A) | Witton Albion (A) | Walsall (H) | Port Vale (H)
Saturday 29 July
Chester 1 Port Vale 1
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 1,027 Half Time 0-0

Chester: Mitchell, Halls, Rowe-Turner, McCombe, Astles, Mahon (Davies 61), Dawson, Turnbull (Joyce 75), James (Hellawell 88), Bell (Brown 88), Akintunde (Marsh-Hughes 88). Subs not used: Lynch, Waters.
Port Vale: Lainton (Hornby 46), Smith, Kay, Gunning, Wilson, Pugh, Tonge, Montano, Harness (Reeves 83), Pope, Pyke (de Freitas 83). Subs not used: Turner, Kelly, Yates, Davis, Calverley, Boot.

Referee: TBA.


Nyal Bell scores a great equaliser as Chester play well to earn a draw against the Valiants.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Saturday 22 July
Chester 1 Walsall 2
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 888 Half Time 0-1

Chester: Trialist A (Trialist B 46), Halls (Jones 78), Rowe-Turner, James (Dawson 66), McCombe, Astles, Mahon (Waters 46), Turnbull (Joyce 66), White (Brown 68), Chapell (Davies 46), Akintunde (Bell 46).
Walsall: L.Roberts, Kinsella (Devlin 73), Guthrie, Wilson, Leahy (Cockerill-Mollett 73), Kouhyar (Hayles-Docherty 83), Chambers (Sangha 83), Flanagan, Edwards (Morris 64), Oztumer (Bakayoko 73), Jackson (Candlin 79).
Referee: TBA.


Despite the defeat Chester have plenty of reasons to optimistic following this close game with League One side Walsall. The Saddlers had a chance to take the lead midway through the opening half as Lathaniel Rowe-Turner brought down Simeon Jackson in the area. Jackson stepped up for the spot-kick only to see it saved low down by Chester’s trialist goalkeeper. However the visitors did take the lead on 25 minutes with Luke Leahy scoring from ten yards after Chester failed to clear a corner.

Harry White came close to equalising at the end of the half latching onto a James Akintunde through ball only to see his shot deflect for a corner.

The Blues were level on 51 minutes as Liam Davies through ball found Nyal Bell who smashed the ball home from the edge of the box giving Liam Roberts, who played on loan for Chester last season, no chance.

Nathan Brown went close to giving Chester the lead following a Lucas Dawson corner, but with six minutes remaining Walsall grabbed the winner as Kieron Morris saw a shot blocked by Ryan Astles only for the ball to fall to Mitchell Candlin who made no mistake from close range.

Thursday 20 July
Witton Albion 0 Chester 2
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 231 Half Time 0-1

Chester (first half): Trialist, Trialist, Jones, Trialist, Trialist, Shaw, Joyce, Dawson, Davies, Bell, Akintunde.
Chester (second half): Trialist, Thomson, Jones, Trialist, Waters, Trialist, Trialist, Hellawell, Marsh-Hughes, Brown.
Referee: Oliver Byron.


Goals from James Akintunde and Rhain Hellawell gave Chester victory at their Northern Premier League opponents.
Tuesday 18 July
Altrincham 3 Chester 2
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 412 Half Time 1-1

Chester (first half): Lynch, Halls, McCombe, Astles, Trialist, Waters, Turnbull, James, Davies, Akintunde, White.
Chester (second half): Trialist A, Trialist B, Jones, Trialist C, Downes, Chapell, Dawson, Joyce, Hellawell, Bell, Trialist.
Referee: TBA.


Once again Chester field a different side for each half only to suffer a first pre-season defeat as Altrincham prove worthy winners at Moss Lane. The Blues goals come from Liam Davies and a late Lucas Dawson penalty.

The home side took a deserved lead on 33 minutes through former Blue Tom Peers but Chester were level within five minutes with Davies scoring from long range. Nyal Bell put an effort wide in the early stages of the second period but Alty restored their lead on 70 minutes with Jerome Wright shooting past the Blues’ trialist ‘keeper.

Chester responded with a Wade Joyce effort that came back off the woodwork before Josh Amis made it 3-1 to Alty. Dawson pulled a goal back late on from the penalty spot but it was too little too late for Chester who were well beaten by their Northern Premier League opponents.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Monday 17 July
Bala Town 1 Chester 3
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: TBA Half Time 1-1

Chester (first half): Lynch, Halls, Astles, McCombe, Rowe-Turner, Chapell, Turnbull, James, Mahon, Bell, Akintunde.
Chester (second half): Trialist A, Trialist B, Jones, Trialist C, Trialist D, Waters, Joyce, Dawson, Davies, White, Marsh-Hughes.
Referee: TBA.


Goals from Nyal Bell, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes and Harry White give Chester victory at Bala Town.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Thursday 13 July
Hyde United 1 Chester 1
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: TBA Half Time 1-1

Chester (first half): Lynch, Halls, Astles, McCombe, Rowe-Turner, Joyce, James, Turnbull, Davies,Brown, White.
Chester (second half): Trialist A, Trialist B, Jones, Trialist C, Trialist E, Chapell, Dawson, Hellawell, Brown (Mahon 60), Bell, Akintunde.
Referee: TBA.


Chester were held to a draw at Hyde in their third friendly in four days. The Blues were off to a great start with summer signing Harry White volleying home in the third minute following a Kingsley James header. Chances in the opening half were few and far between and the home side drew level in the 27th minute after Alex Lynch conceded a penalty that Pete Boyle duly converted.

Manager Jon McCarthy made a number of changes at the break and it was the home side that created the better openings. Craig Mahon made a long awaited return from injury when he replaced Nathan Brown midway through the period. Hyde almost took a 70th minute lead when a free-kick beat the trialist goalkeeper and crashed back off the post.

Both Nyal Bell and Rhain Hellawell saw chances saved late on before the game ended in a draw.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Tuesday 11 July
Flint Town United 0 Chester 2
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: TBA Half Time 0-1

Chester (first half): Lynch, Halls, McCombe, Astles, Rowe-Turner, Chapell, Turnbull, James, Davies, Akintunde, Bell.
Chester (second half): Trialist A, Trialist B, Jones, Dobson, Downes, Chapell, Trialist C, Joyce, Davies, Hannah, Bell.
Referee: TBA.


Chester continued their pre-season build up with a 2-0 victory at Flint Town United, managed by ex-Chester hero Andy Holden. The Blues took the lead on 12 minutes with new signings Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Harry White combining well to set up Jordan Chapell to score. As at Runcorn, manager Jon McCarthy made a number of changes for the second half but Chester had to wait until the 77th minute before they could double their lead as Lucas Dawson found the net following a pass from Wade Joyce.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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Monday 10 July
Runcorn Town 1 Chester 5
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: TBA Half Time 0-3

Chester (first half): Lynch, Halls, McCombe, Astles, Rowe-Turner, Brown, Turnbull, James, Horwood, Akintunde, White.
Chester (second half): Trialist A, Trialist B, Jones, Dobson, Downes, Chapell, Trialist C, Joyce, Davies, Hannah, Bell.
Referee: TBA.


Chester began their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 5-1 victory at Runcorn Town. Goals from Evan Horwood, Kingsley James and Harry White gave the Blues a three goal half-time lead. Manager Jon McCarthy changed the side at half-time and the home side soon pulled a goal back. However two more strikes by Liam Davies and Nyal Bell wrapped up the victory in the closing ten minutes.


Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

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