(A) | Vauxhall
Motors (A) | Carlisle
United (H) | Swansea
City (H) | AFC
Telford United (A)
AFC Telford United 4 Chester
Attendance: 820 (105 Chester) Half Time 1-0
AFC Telford United: Young, Naylor, Jagielka,
Cowan, Whitehead, Khela, Adams, Rodgers, Brown, Moore,
Blakeman. Subs: Fearns, Nwadike, Vaughan.
Chester City: Sanna, J.Vaughan, Rule
(Wilson 75), Hughes, Roberts (Kelly 46), Taylor, Harris,
Barry, McManus, Mannix (Owen 71), Mitchell (Ellison 82).
Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire).
Chester lost their final pre-season friendly 4-1 at the
hands of AFC Telford United on Saturday. Midfielder Anthony
Barry scored the consolation goal from the penalty spot
seven minutes from time.
Blues went a goal behind on 27 minutes with goalkeeper
Chris Sanna hesitated allowing Gavin Cowan to head home
Martyn Naylor’s right wing free-kick.
Eleven minutes after the interval
the home side doubled their advantage, Carl Rodgers
scoring after City had failed to clear another set piece.
Sanna was at fault again for
the third goal losing a cross and then holding back
Terry Fearns to concede a penalty that was duly despatched.
A foul on Andy Mitchell presented
the Blues with a penalty of their own and Anthony Barry
made no mistake from the spot kick.
The Bucks completed the
scoring just before full-time with Liam Blakeman’s
shot beating Sanna after taking a slight deflection.
Prior to the match manager Simon Davies said: “I
will use this match to give those players who didn’t
get too many minutes on the field against Swansea, the
chance to get a full game under their belts.”
“Paul Linwood, Anthony Barry
and James Vaughan missed out on Thursday because of
niggling injuries. If the game against Swansea had been
a league match they would have played, but I left them
out as a precautionary measure.”
“I have learnt a lot about
my squad during this pre-season campaign and it has shown
me who is ready for our forthcoming Coca-Cola League Two
opener against Dagenham next week and who needs to put
in some extra work, in order to bring them up to an acceptable
level of fitness. Telford United have a good squad of
players and we know that they will test us, which is just
what we are looking for.”
Davies was away on a scouting mission and it was his assistant
Huw Griffiths who took charge of the side, he clearly
wasn’t impressed by what he saw: “We weren’t
good enough. When it got into certain areas with certain
individuals, they weren’t good enough on the day.
That’s up to me and the manager to sort out and
they’ve been told in no uncertain terms in the dressing
room that wasn’t good enough and it won’t
be tolerated at the club.”
Chester City 2 Swansea
Attendance: 889 (170 Swansea) Half Time 0-2
Chester City: Danby, Roberts, Wilson, Dinning (Harris 58), Kelly,
Butler, Partridge, S.Vaughan (Mannix 45), Lowe (McManus 86), Mozika, Ellison
Swansea City: de Vries, Collins, Beesone, Monk, Williams, MacDonald,
Gomez, Pratley, Orlandi, Brandy, Pintado (Morrison 22).
||Chester fell behind after only six
minutes through Darren Pratley. The visitors doubled their lead through
substitute Stefan Morrison to give the Swans a 2-0 lead at the break.
Two goals from Jay Harris on 77 and 84 minutes brought Chester level
to score the winner five minutes from time.
Chester City 1 Carlisle United
Attendance: 611 (115 Carlisle) Half Time 1-1
Chester City: Danby, Roberts, Wilson (McManus 73), Dinning (S.Vaughan
60), Linwood, Butler, Mozika, Barry (Hughes 60), Murphy (Taylor 66), Partridge
(Lowe 46), Ellison.
Carlisle United: Howarth, Campion (Horwood 60), Livesey, Gowling,
Cameron (Raven 60), J Smith (Hackney 60), Bridge- Wilkinson, Thirwell (G Smith
65), Taylor (Joyce 80), Dobie (Carlton 60), Graham (Madine 75).
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).
Two late goals through defensive errors robbed City of
a draw they deserved after an encouraging performance
against their League one opponents Carlisle United. The
visitors took the lead on 37 minutes after a fine finish
from Scott Dobie.
The Blues wasted little time in scoring the equaliser
two minutes later with Kevin Ellison first winning
a free-kick just outside the edge of the box and
City had had the better of the opening half with French
trialist Damien Mozika making his long awaited first appearance
and impressing after a fine show. Another new signing,
Anthony Barry, also put in good performance.
Manager Simon Davies made five changes after the break
and City lost their rhythm to allow the visitors to get
on top. The Cumbrians took the lead eight minutes from
time through Gary Madine and sealed the game four minutes
later as Simon Hackney took advantage of some hesitation
between John Danby and Paul Butler to score with ease.
Blues were hoping to take another look at Trevor
Benjamin but the former Hereford United striker missed
the game with an eye injury.
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Vauxhall Motors 1 Chester
Attendance: 473 Half Time 1-2
Chester City (first half): Danby, Rule, Kelly, Butler, Roberts,
S.Vaughan, Dinning, Mannix, Ellison, Partridge, Benjamin.
Chester City (second half): Sanna, Wilson, Roberts, Linwood,
Barry, Mitchell, Mannix, McManus, Lowe, Benjamin (Kelly), Murphy.
Referee: Mike Dean.
penalty from Tony Dinning and a first-ever goal from
Stephen Vaughan brought City a 2-1 at Rivacre Park this
afternoon. City gave a trial to Trevor Benjamin and a
foul on the striker by Lee Owens after 19 minutes led
to Tony Dinning giving City the lead from the penalty
spot. The Blues doubled their advantage five minutes
later as Stephen Vaughan shot past Rigby following a
knock-down from Kevin Ellison.
The home side reduced
the deficit just before the interval with Tom Rooney
converting another spot-kick. That proved to be the end
of the scoring with City once again making a number of
changes at the interval.
On striker Trevor Benjamin CIty manager Simon Davies said: “He got us the
penalty and he’s played the same throughout his career and he showed that
for us on Saturday. I thought he was just lacking a bit of pre-season practice.
We were hoping to keep him on for 90 minutes, but he just fell a little bit short
of that, but that’s no great concern and we'll have another look at him
Once again though the manager bemoaned a lack of goals despite the numerous chances
created. He continued: “We could have scored seven or eight goals, so we’re
creating the chances, but we do need to be putting them away. It’s not
a concern, but it’s the same old story with that I’m afraid, but
we’ll keep working at it and hopefully that will progress.”
Southport 2 Chester City 2
Attendance: 505 Half Time 0-1
Southport: McMillan, Lever, Gray, Davis, Connolly,
Doolan, Price, Robinson, Daly, Kilheeney, Moogan.
Chester City (first half): Sanna, J.Vaughan,
Wilson, Dinning, Linwood, Partridge, Roberts, Mitchell,
Lowe, Rule, Conal Rowlinson.
Chester City (second half): Danby, Rule,
Butler, Platt, Wilson, Mannix, S.Vaughan, Hughes, McManus,
Referee: Peter Wright.
Chester’s pre-season got underway with a 2-2
draw at Haig Avenue. The Sandgrounders missed a first
half penalty before Laurence Wilson opened the scoring
from close range after keeper McMillan could only parry
a Kevin Roberts shot.
Simon Davies made nine changes at the interval and Paul McManus gave City a 2-0
lead on 63 minutes following a fine through ball from Paul Rutherford. City were
pegged back through goals from Tony Gray and Michael Powell.
The Blues gave a
trial to ex-Stoke City goalkeeper Chirs Sanna.
Manager Simon Davies out 20 of the squad through their paces last night and was
quite happy with the performance if not the defending. He said: “It was
good to see young Macca (McManus) getting his goal and playing so well. I thought
he was our man of the match the way he covered
“With our fitness coach,
Julian Owen, on board, we’re
trying to introduce some players, including Paul
McManus and Paul Rutherford, to the weight training
side of sessions.”
“The weights aren’t
heavy and the work isn't being done to make the
lads look good for the beach! I thought Southport
gave us a good work out and, from my point of view,
I feel as if I found out a lot about the lads involved.
Pre-season matches can provide good or bad football,
but I was more concerned about giving the players
some match practice because that is what pre-season
is all about.”
“The one aspect of the
match that didn’t please me was conceding two
goals against a club that are two divisions below
us. It was a concern to concede, but I think it’s
better to happen now so that we can do something