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MATCH REPORTS 2007/08
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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
AFC Telford United (A) | Connah’s Quay Nomads (A) | Droylsden (A) | Vauxhall Motors (A) | Brighton & Hove Albion (H) | Northwich Victoria (A)
Monday 6 August
Northwich Victoria 1 Chester City 3
Friendly
Attendance: 500 Half Time 1-0
Booked: -.


Northwich Victoria: Murphy, Battersby, Sharp, Welsh, Strong, Birch, Wilson (Brown 58), Carr, Maamria, Mylett (Byrne 8 (Johnson 85)), Williams.
Chester City: Danby, Marples, Roberts, Marsh-Evans, Sandwith, Grant (Rule 53), Walker, Carroll, Newton (Kelly 73), Rutherford, Yeo (McManus 53).

City wrap up their pre-season with a win at neighbours Northwich Victoria.
The Blues fielded a mixture of reserve and first team players at the Victoria Stadium as their pre-season drew to a close with this win at Cheshire neighbours Northwich. It was the home side that opened the scoring just before the break as trialist Dino Maamria headed home past John Danby. After the break goals from Simon Yeo, Adam Walker and a fine solo goal from Paul McManus, running through from the half-way line brought victory.

Pictures © Evening Leader
Saturday 4 August
Chester City 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Friendly
Attendance: 725 Half Time 0-1
Booked: -.

Chester City:
Ward, Vaughan (Marples 72), Wilson, Hand (Hughes 56), Linwood (Westwood 45), Butler (Bolland 45), Partridge, Holroyd (Lowndes 45), Murphy (Yeo 61), Grant, Ellison (Sandwith 72). Subs not used: Roberts, Palethorpe
.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Kuipers, Whing, Mayo (Rents 51), El-Abd, Lynch (Elphick 86), Butters, Cox, Fraser (Reid 76), Foster, Revell, Hammond. Subs: Savage, Sullivan, Robinson.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester).


The Blues were beaten 4-0 by Brighton on Saturday, a scoreline that flattered the League One side. Defensive lapses were to blame for at lest two of the goals which is something manager Bobby Williamson hopes to put right for Monday’s match at Northwich.

City had the better of the opening period with John Murphy and Jamie Hand both going close but it was the visitors who opening the scoring on 37 minutes. Nicky Foster easily beat Laurence Wilson down the right, he crossed to Alex Revell who scored past Gavin Ward from close range.

Kevin Ellison went close for City after the break and Murphy headed over before the Seagulls added to their scoreline. With 15 minutes remaining Revell scored with ease after a mix-up between Ward and Kevin Sandwith. Foster soon added a third after poor marking in the City defence and the match was wrapped up with a late penalty after Phil Bolland had brought down Dean Hammond.

Manager Bobby Williamson said after the defeat: “In a way I am glad the game came now, because it answers a few questions about certain players for me. We weren’t four goals inferior to them, but there are a number of things to work on.”

Pictures © Evening Leader
Tuesday 31 July
Vauxhall Motors 1 Chester City 5
Friendly
Attendance: 410 Half Time 0-4
Booked: -.


Chester City:
Danby, Marples, Sandwith (Wilson 57), Bolland (Westwood 46), Butler (Linwood 46), Hand, Hughes, Partridge (Yeo 46), Ellison, Murphy (Lowndes 46), Holroyd. Sub not used: Vaughan
.

City’s unbeaten start to the pre-season continued with this 5-2 win at neighbours Vauxhall Motors. The Blues got off to an ideal start when Chris Holroyd took advantage of some slack defending in the opening minute to open the scoring which was doubled ten minutes later by Kevin Ellison.

Ellison sent Holroyd through for his second of the game on the half hour mark after Jamie hand had picked up a loose ball. Hand himself added City’s fourth from close range nine minutes before the break.

Manager Bobby Williamson made four changes at half-time introducing Laurence Wilson, Ashley Westwood, Nathan Lowndes and Simon Yeo.

Simon Lake in the home goal produced a fine save to deny Yeo adding the fifth. Vauxhall scored a consolation goal five minutes from time through Paul Taylor but it was Chester who had the last word as trialist Mark Hughes received a Yeo through ball to curl a fine shot past Taylor with seconds remaining.

Pictures © Evening Leader
Saturday 28 July
Droylsden 1 Chester City 1
Friendly
Attendance: - Half Time 0-1
Booked: Butler.

Chester City Ward, Vaughan, Butler, Linwood, Wilson, Partridge, Hand, Bennett, Ellison, Yeo, Lowndes.
Chester City (second half): Ward, Vaughan, Westwood, Bolland, Sandwith, Hand (Marsh-Evans 65), Bennett (Roberts 53), Ellison, Yeo (Rutherford 73), Murphy, Lowndes (Holroyd 60).

Dean Bennett opens the scoring for City heading home a Richie Partridge cross after just four minutes. Midway through the second period Chris Denim levels the scores for the Bloods.

The game was played in memory of 20 year Droylsden born Tony Downes who was killed serving with the Granadier Guards in Afghanistan. The proceeds of the game will be given to his family and the trophy, named in his honour, shared.

 
 
Pictures by Tim Savidge
Thursday 26 July
Connah’s Quay Nomads 1 Chester City 8
Friendly
Attendance: - Half Time 1-2
Booked: -.

Chester City:
Danby, Marples, Butler, Westwood, Wilson, Partridge, Sandwith, Hand, Ellison, Lowndes, Murphy.
Chester City (second half): Danby, Bolland, Linwood, Vaughan, Wilson (Roberts 75), Partridge, Sandwith (Marsh-Evans 65), Ellison (Rutherford 75), Hand, Holroyd, Yeo.

Pictures © Evening Leader
Thursday 19 July
Formby 0 Chester City 1
Youth Friendly
Attendance: 100 (estimate) Half Time 0-1
Booked: -.

Chester City:
Phil Palethorpe, Darren Jones, Rob Marsh-Evans (Shaun Kelly 60), Kevin Roberts (Sean Newton 60), Chris Lever, Jimmy Ryan, Kevin Hill (Jay Gregory 8), Neil Carroll (Glen Rule 80), John Corrigan, Andy Mitchell, Paul McManus.

A goal from long range by John Corrigan on 33 minutes gave City victory in this youth friendly watched by Bobby Williamson and Malcolm Thompson. The best effort in the second half came from Jimmy Ryan whose superb long range effort was tipped on to the crossbar.

Tuesday 17 July
AFC Telford United 3 Chester City 5
Friendly
Attendance: 1,130 Half Time 1-3
Booked: -.

AFC Telford United:
Young, Vaughan, Craven, Turner, Teesdale, Charlton, Jagielka, Vermiglio, Reynolds, Marsden, Fitzpatrick. Subs: Cornes, Moore, Palmer, Lewis, Tretton, Jones
Chester City: Ward, Vaughan (Marples 45), Sandwith, Linwood (Westwood 45), Bolland (Marsh-Evans 45), Bennett (Grant 45), Partridge (Holroyd 45), Hand (Cronin 45), Murphy, Yeo, Wilson (Rutherford 40).
Referee: A.Mariner.

A hat-trick from Simon Yeo eased City to victory in this entertaining opening pre-season friendly of the new campaign. The Blues (playing in their new away strip) were off to a flier and had Gary Fitzpatrick for handing them the opening goal in the first minute as he settled the ball past home ‘keeper Young as he challenged John Murphy.

City doubled their lead after a quarter of an hour with Yeo heading home a pinpoint cross from Laurence Wilson. Yeo added his second on 26 minutes as he converted a cross from new boy Richie Partridge.

An overhead kick from Luke Reynolds reduces the arrears seven minutes before the break.

City manager Bobby Williamson made six changes to personnel at the break and not long later Marsden had brought United back into the game with a second goal.

The Blues settled down however and Yeo completed his hat-trick on 56 minutes scoring from close range after Young had failed to clear a cross from Simon Marples. Murphy, who forged a good partnership up front with Yeo made it 5-2 from close range with 20 minutes remaining.

With the game petering out there was just time for Telford to add a third through Matt Lewis after a mistake from Kevin Sandwith.

Pictures © Evening Leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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