Tuesday 13 August 2002
Chester City 1 Liverpool
Attendance: 5,172 Half Time
Chester City: Brown (Worsnop), Guyett, Ruffer,
Hatswell, Woodyatt (Brady 55), Davies (Blackburn 55),
Kelly (Carey 55), Harkness, McIntyre (Carden 55), Beesley
(Cameron 61), Twiss (Grant 61).
Liverpool X1: Kirkland (Arphexad 77), Carragher, Vignal, Warnock, Biscan
(Sjolund 77), Babbel (Otsemobor 70), Smicer (Partridge 61), Diao (Diomede
61), Baros (Mellor 70), Berger, Cheyrou (Welsh 61).
Referee: Mr S Brand (Wirral).
well, well! I know that the only important result this week is the one
Chester get on Saturday when the season kicks off against Kettering....but
its a nice feather in the cap all the same to beat an expensive multi-national
Liverpool XI. No-one could say that it was undeserved or that the visitors
would be happy about losing to Conference opposition.
Every side of the Deva showed evidence
of support for the Reds and Cleggy was his
usual OTT self in making the visitors welcome via
the PA. But there was no doubt it was a great atmosphere
and brilliant to see the stadium full to near capacity
again. As the list of international stars was announced
in the Liverpool line up, Chester fans of a nervous
disposition could be forgiven for thinking this may
be a friendly too far. Would the Blues be about to
suffer a morale bruising defeat?
We neednt have worried. As
the match began both teams made use of the superb-looking
pitch to display their passing game. Goalmouth opportunities
were few and far between but the standard of passing
and movement was high from both teams expected
at Premiership level but a vast improvement on anything
we have seen for several years from Chester.
Understandably City were compact
and defensive and chased and harried a lot as Liverpool
moved the ball about swiftly across the park looking
for an opening on goal. Brown was forced to dive
at the feet of Smicer, Babbel received with
rapturous applause on his return from injury headed
over when well placed to score.
Chester did manage to string some
attacking moves together and though the Liverpool
defence was usually quick to cover a couple of half
chances fell to Ruffer who blazed the ball well over
and to Twiss who went much closer with his turn and
Respectable parity at the break
continued afterwards, even when Wright threw on four
substitutes in one go and it looked like Liverpool
would take advantage of the disruption. Berger blasted
a shot into the side netting and then overran the
ball when a clever one two sent him through.
One of the four substitutes to
come on was Jon Brady on trial from Rushden & Diamonds.
Later, Gareth Grant, on trial from Bradford City,
was pitched into the attack together with Cameron.
Although Grant didnt get much of the ball his
pace is obviously an asset. His touch set the sharp
looking Blackburn through who finished with a degree
of confidence that was never in evidence last season.
Amazing though it is, this was the only goal of the
Not only has the preparation on
the pitch been very good this pre-season. Off the
pitch Steven Vaughan is doing everything he can to
instill hope and pride into Citys fans. If
you havent managed to look in yet try
visiting the made-over social club with stunning
new carpet (Royal blue with the club crest all over).
The only fly in the ointment last night was the illegible
red numbers on blue background on the new City shirts but
weve got to have something to complain about
No complaints about the quality
of Chesters squad at the start of this season.
Lets hope this performance and several
of the City players were outstanding tonight does
not breed complacency for Saturday. The level of
expectancy amongst us is going to be at fever pitch.
Id settle for the same result against Kettering
to kick off with.
for both, read Chas Sumner’s article on
players who wore the shirt of both Chester City and
10 August 2002
Vauxhall Motors 0 Chester City 7
Attendance: TBA Half Time 0-3
Vauxhall Motors: Holmes, Ward, McDermott, Brazier, Haddrell,
Robinson, Nesbitt, Lynch, Fearns, Aspinall, Cumiskey. Subs:
Spellman, Rigby, Thompson, Wright, Lawton, Welton, Hogg.
Chester City (first half): W.Brown, Guyett, Ruffer, Hatswell,
Woodyatt, Davies, Kelly, McIntyre, Beesley, Brodie, Twiss.
Chester City (second half): Worsnop, Lancaster, Ruffer, Hatswell (Collins),
Blackburn, Carden, Carey, M.Brown, Cameron, Grant, Sugden (Whittaker).
turned on the style on Saturday with a slick scintilating
performance against neighbours Vauxhall Motors to inflict
the heaviest defeat ever suffered by Motors manager
Alvin McDonald in his 13 years in the business.
Chester took the game to their hosts from
the off and should have taken the lead on ten minutes, Michael
Twiss guilty of clearing the home bar from close range, and
minutes later Mark Beesley shot straight at keeper Holmes
after good approach work. City were guilty of more misses
and nearly paid the price with Terry Fearns spurning an opportunity
to break the deadlock from close range for the UniBond side.
The opening goal came just on the half
hour with Scott Guyett heading home an inch perfect Kevin
McIntyre free-kick from close range, his second goal in two
games for the Blues. With five minutes remaining of the half
Michael Twiss doubled Citys lead with a great shot
and turn from just inside the box. Three minutes later, on
the stroke of half-time a third from Steve Brodie effectively
killed the game off. Once again McIntyre provided the cross,
Woodyatt headed down and Brodie was on hand to finish from
The Blues three-up at the break never took
their foot off the pedal, and, despite nine changes made
for the second period, pounded the home goal to create chance
The Motormen came close to pulling a goal
back after the break however with the post coming to Worsnops
rescue following a fine long-range effort from Cumiskey.
Micky Brown, one of Citys second
half replacements, added the fourth goal on 56 minutes, again
from close range, after neat link work by Shaun Carey and
Ryan Sugden. And Sugen added the fifth himself minutes later,
once again, Carey producing the final ball through.
The Blues gave a trial to Bradford City
striker Gareth Grant, and it was his cross on 66 minutes
that brought the sixth goal as home defender Kevin Thompson
turned the ball into his own net.
City saved the best goal for last as Micky
Brown rounded off a flowing moved that involved nearly half
of the City team.
So, just the sort of result City and their
fans wanted and just the kind of performance from the front
line that will have pleased manager Wright who, earlier in
the week, hinted that he would be out to bolster that section
of the team.
Home manager McDonald sportingly praised
the City performance afterwards telling the press: Chester
are obviously coached well, they have a very good manager,
and they have 11 new players and they looked good they
were light years away from the Leigh RMI team we beat last
week, and all credit to them for not taking their foot off
the pedal in the second half. This was the heaviest defeat
Ive experienced in my 13 years as a manager. Ive
never been beaten 7-0 and its going to be hard to get
Action photographs by club photogprapher Max
Ainscough. Copies of Max’s photographs will soon
be on sale in the club shop.
6 August 2002
Chester City 1 Manchester United
Attendance: 1,342 Half Time 0-2
Chester City: W.Brown, Harkness, McIntyre, Carey (Davies 73), Guyett,
Hatswell, Kelly (Carden 73), Twiss (Blackburn 70), Beesley (Sugden 58),
Brodie (Cameron 65), Woodyatt.
Manchester United Reserves: Steele, Roche, Hilton, Tierney, May,
Scholes (Rankin 61), Muirhead, Lynch, Williams (Fox 72), Nardiello (Webber
Referee: S.Brand (Birkenhead).
a Manchester United XI came to a new look Deva
Stadium and included England international Paul Scholes in
the squad. Scholes had flown back from Holland with knee injury
and obviously wanted a run out. It was good to see him grace
the turf at the Deva and almost worth the admission price alone.
The new look consists of refurbished and extended dugouts,
several new areas of paintwork (Stripes on the rooves of the
stands and a brighter yellow on the safety areas), the removal
of some old adverts and the arrival of a mysterious double
portacabin behind the home end.
Oh and there was a new safety announcement
too after ten years of the lugubrious Dr Death voice
saying welcome to Deva Stadium, there is a new improved bright
and cheerful version instead. The new announcement brought
one of the biggest cheers of the night and was closely followed
by five seconds of an even brighter female version. But unfortunately
she was cut off after about five seconds.
It didnt take long for a youthful
Manchester United side to forge ahead. They took the lead,
very much against the run of play following a corner on the
right. Harkness had shielded the ball over the line in the
mistaken assumption that the referee (Mr Brand from the Wirral)
would give a goal kick. David May, the only other first teamer
in the squad, took advantage of some sloppy marking to head
continued to play some attractive football. Most of their
threats on goal and there were quite a surprising
number of them came from the left where Kevin McIntyre
(pictured) had a lot of the ball and whipped in some useful
crosses. Jimmy Kelly, captain tonight, had a combative time
with Paul Scholes and had to be warned to calm down by Mr
Brand at one point. Brodie, recognisable by his flowing locks,
also seems a useful addition.
Best chance fell to Beesley, who for a
split second had a clean run on goal but before you could
say, greased lightning, Scholes had whipped the ball off
his toes. Just before half time play really opened up and
there were chances galore at either end. Nardiello put a
rebound just wide after Brown parried a fierce shot. Beesley
saw a good header saved after great wing play by McIntyre.
But it was United who extended their lead
when Matthew Williams finished off a mesmerising move by
turning Hatswell and scoring with ease past Brown.
The second half followed a similar pattern
to the first with Chester playing pretty well. As the game
wore on the substitutions become more and more frequent.
Scholes was withdrawn to well deserved applause and he earned
more when he gave his shirt to a lad who had tried, and failed
because of a lack of a pen, to get his autograph. A lovely
United scored a third when Brown spilled
a spiralling cross and the red devils were more alive to
the possibilites than the Chester defenders. Kieron Richardson
lashed the loose ball home.
But Chester got the goal their spirited
play deserved when Scott Guyett chested the ball down and
smashed it into the roof of the net with virtually the last
kick of the game.
It was a pleasant and entertaining evening.
Next week all the tickets have just about gone for the Liverpool
game get down there early if you want to claim your
The portacabins, by the way are for the
players to change in when training so that they dont
mess up the new showers, apparently they are quite a mucky
3 August 2002
Chester City 1 Manchester City X1
Attendance: 632 Half Time 1-1
Chester City: W Brown, Harkness (M Brown 66), McIntyre, Carey (Blackburn
56), Guyett, Kelly (Carden 56), Twiss (Sugden 60), Beesley (Cameron 60),
Brodie (Davies 19 (Whittaker 66)), Ruffer, Woodyatt. Subs not used: Worsnop,
Manchester City X1: Ellegaard, James (Gilder 33), Jordan, Loran,
Bischoff (Paisley 60), Day, Barton, Whitley, Browne, Kilheeney, Whelan.
Subs (not used): Westwood, McDowall, Orr.
Referee: J.Stokes (Wirral).
Blues were beaten at home for the second time in four days,
but manager Mark Wright declared himself satisfied with the
performance as he used the game to try out some more formations
in the build-up to the more important opening Conference
fixture with newly-promoted Kettering Town, now, just two
Chester gave full debuts to both Steve
Harkness and Scott Guyett, Citys latest signing who
had joined the Blues just 24 hours earlier. Mark Beesley
and Michael Twiss were favoured up front ahead of a midfield
that comprised Jimmy Kelly, Shaun Carey and Steve Brodie.
Brodie and defender Lee Woodyatt linked
well to force Citys first chance of the game but it
wasnt long before Brodie left the field with a leg
injury to be replaced by Ben Davies on 19 minutes.
Just before Brodies departure, Wayne
Brown in the City goal, the busier of the two keepers at
that stage, had to be on hand to make a couple of saves from
Kiheeney and the experienced Jeff Whitley.
Michael Twiss unleashed a 20-yarder that
had Ellegaard in difficulties between the visitors sticks
and minutes later Chester were awarded a dubious penalty
after Mikkel Bischoffs challenge on Twiss was deemed
a foul by referee Stokes. Beesley stepped up and sent Ellegaard
the wrong way from the spot to give City the lead.
After a couple of close scares the visitors
equalised five minutes before the break. Glenn Whelan shook
off challenges from Kelly and Harkness before lobbing Wayne
Brown who had no chance. Minutes later Bischoff made amends
for his earlier error when he denied Swiss who was bearing
down on goal.
Chester came out strongly after the break
and Ellegaard was on hand to once again save a close range
effort from Twiss just 30 seconds into the half.
On 51 minutes the visitors got what
eventually proved to be the winner. Gary Browne forged a run
down the left and shook off Guyett and Woodyatt before unleashing
a hard low cross-shot into the City area. Harkness attempted
to clear the danger but could only deflect the shot past Brown
into his own net.
Saturday 3 August 2002
Brymbro Broughton 0 Chester City Reserves
The City reserves hammered Brymbo
in a match played on Saturday morning. Scorers for the Blues
were: Haarhoff (4), Byrne (2), Porter (2), D Brown (2), Rodgers,
Simmonds and Mulvanney.
31 July 2002
Chester City 0 Everton X1 1
Attendance: 3,141 Half Time 0-1
Chester City: W.Brown, Lancaster (Harkness
66) Ruffer, Hatswell, McIntyre, Davies (Woodyatt 66), Kelly, Blackburn
(Carey 66), Brodie (Sugden 81), Beesley (Cameron 71), Twiss (M.Brown 81).
Sub not used: Worsnop.
Everton X1: Simonsen, O'Hanlon, Naysmith, Clarke, Pilkington, K.Southern,
Brown, Carney, Symes (Beck 77), Watson, McLeod. Subs not used: Cole, Crowder,
R.Southern, Schumacher, Moogan.
Referee: J.Tatton (Huyton).
City hero Andy Holden brought an Everton side consisting mainly
of fringe first-team players for the first home pre-season
friendly of the summer.
With the crowd building up outside the ground the game
started 15 minutes late to allow the congestion to ease and City started
brightly and the first chance of the match fell to Carl Ruffer who headed
just wide following a fine cross from Kevin McIntyre.
Another header, this time by Mark Beesley, minutes
later was well saved by Simonsen in the Toffees goal after good
approach work by McIntyre and Michael Twiss.
Evertons best approach play came from the impressive
Kevin McLeod and he was instrumental in the only goal of the game on
14 minutes. His mazy run produced a corner from which Peter Clark fired
home after a poor defensive clearance.
Minutes later Beesley went close to equalising but
once again he found Simonsen equal his hard low shot. Twiss and fellow
newcomer Steve Brodie showed just whey must be a force to reckoned with
in the Conference next season with some great touches and interplay.
The visitors had the ball in the net again but this
time the goal was ruled out for pushing in the area, and the impressive
Scottish international Gary Naysmith brought a fine save out of Wayne
Brown on the stroke of half-time as City went into the break a goal down.
Citys closest effort on goal came two minutes
following the break. Brodie found Twiss who rounded Simonsen only to
see his fierce shot rebound back off the post. Brown had to be lively
again minutes later as he thwarted the onrushing OHanlon.
With 24 minutes remaining City gave a debut to former
Liverpool player Steve Harkness who came on to cheers from he home fans
and, inevitably, jeers from the visitors.
Brodie, and substitute Shaun Carey both had shots
saved and Woodyatt was denied in the final minutes by a fine challenge.
Colwyn Bay 1 Chester City 0
Attendance: 400 (est) Half Time 0-0
Colwyn Bay: Boswell, Hogg, Evans, Graham, Caton (Moody), Jones, Limbert
(Kissock), McCormack, Furlong, McGilvogue, Scheuber (Stannard).
Chester City: Worsnop, Carey (D.Brown 53 (Haarhoff 83)), Keegan, M.Brown
(Whittaker 53), Carden, Sugden (C.OBrien 45), Lancaster, Ruffer,
Cameron (Collins 53), Elam, Woodyatt. Sub not used: Macken.
Referee: Patrick Dunn (Liverpool).
89th minute goal by Carl Furlong consigned Chester to their first friendly
defeat of the season in a game they were unfortunate to lose. Once again
they controlled the first half but faded after the break and Bay made City
pay with a late goal. However it was more significant to note the players
who didnt appear in this game with the first friendly match at home,
against an Everton first team, scheduled in 48 hours. It certainly seems
as though Mark Wright put out his second string game for this game and,
with perhaps one exception, it may be possible to make an educated guess
at the team who will start against Everton (and Kettering?) based on the
players who didnt play tonight. A possible first team might therefore
be Brown, Ruffer, Bolland, Hatswell, Davies, Kelly, Brodie, Blackburn,
McIntyre, Beesley, Twiss. The only question mark would perhaps be the position
of Carl Ruffer who played the full 90 minutes tonight. Perhaps Wright intends
starting with Steve Harkness at the back or has he still got another surprise
up his sleeve?
Chester began the game with John Keegan, the trialist
from Scarborough in defence and another trialist, Lee Elam from Southport,
in midfield. Elam looked a useful player and made some incisive passes
but it is difficult to see how he would fit into a squad which already
appears to be top heavy.
In the first 45 minutes Chester were comfortably in
control of the game without creating as many clear cut chances as they
had in previous matches. Lancaster had a header blocked from an early
corner while Cameron couldnt capitalise on a couple of good chances
created by Elam and Sugden. Chester came closest to scoring through Mickey
Brown who had a couple of shots which just shaved the crossbar. Brown
was perhaps one of the best players in the first half alongside Elam
Chirs OBrien started the second half in place
of Shaun Carey and within five minutes another three changes were made
as Danny Collins, Stuart Whittaker and David Brown all made an appearance.
It came as something of a surprise to see Brown play as many people thought
his contract had been cancelled. These changes resulted in Chester playing
a 4-4-2 formation with Collins and Brown up front, O'Brien and Carden
in central midfield with Whittaker and Elam on the flanks and a back
four of Woodyatt, Ruffer, Lancaster and Keegan. Most of Chesters
best chances in the second half were created by Whittaker and within
a few minutes of coming on his superb right wing cross was met by Elam
who saw his header brilliantly pushed onto the bar by Boswell. Whittaker
also came close to scoring himself with a couple of long-range shots
and Brown fired over from another Whittaker cross. As the second half
progressed Bay gradually clawed their way into the game and in the closing
ten minutes McCormack headed just over from a corner and then saw a shot
well-saved by Worsnop. At the other end Whittaker shot across the face
of goal from a Woodyatt cross. In the final minute Furlong broke free
of Keegan and after seeing his first shot well-blocked by Worsnop managed
to score from the rebound.
Bangor City 1 Chester City 1
Bangor City: Priestley,
O.T. Jones, Rowlands (Goodall 77), E.Jones, Brett (G.Williams
46), Griffiths, Boulton (Hunt 15), Blackmore, Roberts, Davies,
Chester City: W.Brown, Ruffer, Bolland, Hatswell, Davies (Woodyatt
62), Kelly, Blackburn (Carden 67), McIntyre, Brodie (Sugden 60), Cameron,
Attendance: 400 (est) Half Time 0-1
City proved a much sterner test for Mark Wrights squad in this feisty
encounter and the Chester boss will have learnt more about his players
in this game than in either of the games against Buckley and Holywell.
After dominating the game for the first 45 minutes, and missing a number
of chances, Chester lost their way after the break allowing Bangor to equalise
with just over ten minutes remaining.
Chester started the game with almost the
same side that started against Holywell. Wayne Brown replaced
the triallist goalkeepers with Chris Blackburn taking over
from Shaun Carey, and Steve Brodie starting in place of Michael
Twiss who had a slight ankle injury. Bangor included ex-City
keeper Phil Priestley and the perma-tanned ex Man Utd midfielder,
Clayton Blackmore. However it was the Bangor number 9, Paul
Roberts, who stole the show with a nasty performance that
included throwing a punch at Wayne Brown and a series of
appalling tackles, most notably on Carl Ruffer. How he remained
on the pitch is a mystery and who knows what he must be like
when he is fired up for a competitive game, perhaps he just
had a personal vendetta against Chester.
In the first half the Chester midfield
were in firm control of the game with Jimmy Kelly in particular
catching the eye. Beesley and Cameron both missed good chances
but the standard of crossing was not particularly good and
most of the balls delivered into the box were cut out at
the near post. Chester took the lead in the 12th minute when
Steve Brodie capitalised on a poor clearance by Priestley
and struck a superb shot from 35 yards over the head of the
stranded keeper. A real classy goal from a player who also
delivered some excellent passes throughout his 60 minutes
After the break an air of complacency seemed
to creep into Chesters game and as the match became
more niggly Bangor began to have more of the play. They were
certainly unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Hunt was
brought down in the area after a weak back pass but the referee
was probably distracted by an incident which resulted in
a mass brawl in the middle of the field. At this point the
referee seemed to have totally lost control of the game and
it might have helped if a couple of the main protagonists
had been substituted. With twelve minute remaining Bangor
netted an equaliser when Hunt dived in to score a header
after Brown appeared to misjudge a cross to the far post.
All in all it proved an extremely useful
workout with many players completing 90 minutes action for
the first time.
Thursday 25 July
Denbigh Town 1 Chester City Reserves
Under the guidance of Iain Jenkins,
City sent a reserve team to Denbigh Town and ran out winners
with goals from Stuart Whittaker, Matty Cook, David Brown (2)
and Kevin Towey (2).
Holywell Town 0 Chester City 7
Chester City (first
half): Worsnop, Ruffer, Bolland, Hatswell, McIntyre, Carey,
Kelly, Davies, Twiss, Cameron, Beesley.
Chester City (second half): Walsh, Ruffer, Bolland (Keegan), Hatswell,
Brown, Blackburn, Carden, Collins, Brodie, Sugden, Haarhoff.
Attendance: 200 (est) Half Time 0-4
may only have been Holywell Town and it may only have been a pre-season
friendly but this was great entertainment (for Chester fans) and the style
of play certainly bodes well for the new season. In the end it was 7-0
but it could, and should, have been double figures as City pushed forward
throughout the ninety minutes and never gave poor Holywell a look in.
In the first half John Worsnop played in
goal for Chester while David Walsh (ex Wrexham) played in
goal for Holywell. At half time they swapped teams in an
interesting exercise. Neither had much to do when playing
in goal for Chester but both made good saves while playing
for Holywell and Worsnop saved a Ryan Sugden penalty.
Once again Mark Wright played three at
the back with Carl Ruffer on the right, Phil Bolland in the
middle and Wayne Hatswell on the left. Interestingly this
was the same three that started against Buckley and when
wholesale changes were made at half time the defence remained
the same although John Keegan (a trialist from Scarborough
and former York City player) replaced Bolland on the hour.
Could this be the defence that starts the first game? Although
it does beg the question, where does Steve Harkness fit in?
In midfield Shaun Carey and Jimmy Kelly
played in the centre in the first half with Chris Blackburn
and Paul Carden taking over after the break. The chalk and
cheese partnership of Carey and Kelly worked well together
with Carey bossing the midfield as Kelly took on the enforcer
role. On the flanks Kevin McIntyre (left) and Ben Davies
(right) were replaced by Danny Collins (out of position)
and Mickey Brown after the break. Pick of the four was Ben
Davies who continued the good work from Buckley and always
front Michael Twiss (pictured) played behind Mark Beesley
and Dave Cameron in the first half with Steve Brodie playing
the Twiss role after the break behind Ryan Sugden and Jimmy
Haarhoff. Cameron and Beesley look to be working well together
and Twiss gives the impression he is going to score every
time he runs in on goal. Potentially it looks a very exciting
partnership. Having said that Brodie also looks a class signing
and Sugden offers a different option to Cameron. Where the
muscular Cameron looks to shield the ball and lay it off
Sugden seems happier running with it. Meanwhile Jimmy was
Jimmy, entertaining, unpredictable and frustrating.
As for the action. Cameron opened the scoring
on 23 minutes when he shielded a long clearance from Worsnop,
turned and shot low into the corner. Chester extended the
lead after 32 minutes when Beesley pulled the ball back from
the byline for Twiss to finish clinically. Cameron and Beesley
(twice) missed good chances and Twiss hit the foot of the
post before Walsh saved well from Cameron.
Just before half time Twiss struck the
post for the second time but Cameron was on hand to put the
ball into the net and deep into injury time Beesley was left
with a simple chance after good work by Davies and Cameron.
The play didnít flow as smoothly after the interval but Sugden
hit the post after 50 minutes and Blackburn should have scored
when Brown delivered an inviting cross.
On 69 minutes Sugden headed down for Brodie
to finish with a lethal shot and a minute later Brodie almost
scored his second but Worsnop saved well. Four minutes later
Sugden was brought down by Worsnop but the goalkeeper made
an excellent save from the resulting penalty. On 77 minutes
Sugden did find the net but all the work was done by Carden
with a surging run from his own half.
Sugden wrapped up the scoring after 80
minutes when he lobbed the keeper with everyone (including
Sugden perhaps) expecting a cross. Both Haarhoff and Collins
could have scored in the closing moments but the score remained
Tuesday 23 July
Denbigh Town Reserves 0 Chester City
A goal from Gethin Lloyd gave Citys
youth team a 1-0 victory away at Denbigh Town reserves. Like
the first team, the players are training during the day and
following this with an evening match.
Buckley Town 1 Chester City 4
Chester City (first
half): W.Brown, Ruffer, Bolland, Hatswell, M.Brown,
Kelly, Blackburn, Whittaker, Sugden, Cameron, Collins.
Chester City (second half): Worsnop, Lancaster, Bolland, Hatswell,
Davies, Carden, Carey, McIntyre, Brodie, Beesley, Twiss.
Attendance: 750 (est) Half Time 0-1
Itís always difficult to read anything into the first friendly game of
the season and this game proved harder than most as Chester played two
virtually different teams for 45 minutes each. It was more of an exercise
in trying to identify the players as nine of Chesterís ten new players
were given a run out. Only Steve Harkness of the new signings didnít appear.
The game was played as part of the transfer
of Danny Collins to Chester and Collins worked hard in the
first 45 minutes alongside Dave Cameron and Ryan Sugden.
Cameron, a strong, muscular player proved a handful for the
Buckley defence and did a good job of shielding the ball.
It was Cameron who opened the scoring from the penalty spot
after eight minutes following a foul on Sugden on the edge
of the area. He also put the ball in the net after 25 minutes
but was pulled up for a dubious offside. In midfield Jimmy
Kelly looked a player you donít want to mess with and Chris
Blackburn also worked hard. Throughout the game it was good
to see Chester trying to play the ball along the ground.
There was very little to test the Chester
defence and it was 30 minutes before Wayne Brown got his
first touch of the ball. In the second half Brown was replaced
by Worsnop, a youngster from Bradford City, and his first
task was to pick the ball out of the back of the net when
the Buckley number 11 carved through the City defence and
scored a well taken goal.
It didnít take long for Chester to strike
back and they went 2-1 ahead when Michael Twiss was chopped
down in the penalty area after a superb turn. Mark Beesley
scored from the spot. There were some excellent touches in
the second half from both Twiss and Steve Brodie and you
can see them both providing plenty of excitement next season.
It was Twiss who scored Chesterís third after 75 minutes
following a good pass from Shaun Carey and Brodie wrapped
the game up with two minutes remaining with a looping header
from Paul Cardenís cross. Kevin McIntyre looked a useful
acquisition on the left and Carden and Carey (who struck
the foot of the post with a thumping shot) combined well
in midfield while Ben Davies put in some good crosses from
So, what can be learnt from the first
90 minutes of Chesterís latest new era. The most striking feature
is the overall strength of the squad and it is still impossible
to predict the starting eleven against Kettering.
Saturday 20 July
Chester City Youth 5 Flexys
Cefn Druids Youth 2
The youth team kicked off their pre-season
friendlies with a hard fought victory over Flexys Cefn Druids
youth. Goalscorers for City were Tom Leonard, Danny Ventrie,
Kevin Towey and Gethin Lloyd (2).