17 July 1999
| July 10
|| Northwich Victoria
|| Murphy 10, Beckett 27.
| July 13
|| Warrington Town
|| Jones 38, Fisher 39.
| July 17
|| Total Network Solutions
|| Wright (2).
| July 20
|| Beckett 59 (p), Wright 82.
| July 24
|| Wigan Athletic
|| Murphy 37.
| July 26
| July 28
|| Cwmbran Town
|| Murphy, Reid.
| July 31
|| Stoke City
TNS 2 Chester
Chester City: Brown, Moss, King,
Reid, Lancaster, Woods, A.Shelton, Carson, Wright,
Beckett, Fisher. Subs: Richardson, Jones, Doughty.
Two goals from teenager Darren Wright were the highlight of City's 2-2
draw against Total Network Solutions.
His goals, either side of half time,
gave City a 2-0 lead but, following several substitutions,
the Blues had to be content with a share of the spoils.
Good work by Nick Richardson set up Wright's first
strike from close range.
His second came after 60 minutes
with a bullet header following an Andy Shelton corner.
Substitute Leon Gierke pulled a goal back for the home
side and nine minutes later O'Brien made it 2-2.
City almost won the game with
a stunning 30-yard volley from Danny Carson that smashed
against the angle of post and bar, and Wright just failed
to turn in time to complete his hat-trick following more
fine work from Andy Shelton.
20 July 1999
Chester City 2 Everton 3
Chester City: Brown (Cutler 45), Moss,
King (Cross 40), Reid (Carson 45), Lancaster, Woods,
A.Shelton, Richardson, Murphy, Beckett (Wright 81), Fisher.
Subs not used: Jones, Blackburn.
Everton: Simonsen, Cleland (Weir 62), Ball, Short,
Watson (Phelan 62), Unsworth, Collins (Dunne 62), Barmby, Cadamarteri,
Hutchison, Gemmill (Jevons 62). Subs not used: Gerrard, Gough.
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
Two goals in the last 11 minutes
from Nick Barmby saved Everton's blushes in a game
which City deserved a share of the spoils.
It was City who had the better of
the opening exchanges with Andy Shelton hitting the
side netting with a teasing cross on eight minutes.
The Blues continued to probe for the breakthrough and
John Murphy came close when heading over on 18 minutes
following a whipped-in centre from Shelton. Three minutes
later Murphy again rose above the Everton defence to
head over from a corner.
Midway through the opening half Barmby
had to great chances in a couple of minutes to score.
HIis first shot was charged down by the impressive
Darren Moss, then minutes later he had a shot saved
by Wayne Brown.
There were appeals for an Everton
penalty as Cadamarteri appeared to be held back by
Martyn Lancaster, but referee Jones waved away the
appeals. Moss again came to City's rescue when he nipped
in to clear after Barmby had slipped the ball past
Following the break City made Everton
pay for their missed chances. Luke Beckett opened the
scoring from the penalty spot after the striker himself
had been brought down by Simonsen in the Everton goal.
Fourteen minutes from time Unsworth
headed the equaliser from a corner, and three minutes
later Barmby looked to have clinched the win as he
put the visitors 2-1 up, side footing the ball past
Darren Wright levelled things for
City just two minutes after coming on. He produced
a site-foot finish with somersault to boot.
Barmby scored the winner shooting
from 25 yards as the ball squirmed under Cutler's body.
24 July 1999
Chester City 1 Wigan Athletic
Chester City: Brown, Moss, Cross, Reid
(Blackburn 85), Lancaster, Woods, A.Sjelton, Richardson,
Murphy (Jones 78), beckett, Fisher (Doughty 78).
Wigan Athletic: Carroll, Green, Elliott, Porter,
Balmer, De Zeevw, Lee (Morris 81), Kilford, Haworth (Jones
60), Liddell (Barlow 45), McLaughlan.
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
Manager Kevin Ratcliffe described
this performance as "a good workout" as City
fought out a 1-1 draw in a stifling afternoon. The
difference in stature between the sides was not obvious
to see and once again City's youngsters came through
City controlled the midfield with
Richardson and Reid playing well. Reid produced City's
first effort on goal on 13 minutes.
David Lee shot over for the Latics
mid-way through the half and Wayne Brown came to Jon
Cross' rescue saving well from Howarth following the
Luke Beckett went close for City
before fellow striker John Murphy opened the scoring
on 37 minutes. Richardson crossed for Murphy who headed
wide where Beckett picked up the ball and supplied
another cross for Murphy to net at the second attempt.
Wigan equalised just after the break.
City went to sleep as David Lee set Howarth through
and he made no mistake following his earlier miss.
Beckett missed a chance of putting
City in the lead, but following good work from Richardson
and Murphy the City striker shot high and wide.
Following the game manager Kevion
Ratcliffe said: "I was disappointed we didn't
carry on in the second hald where we left off in the
first, but it was a good workout and the young lads
did well. We have to make sure we don't start thinking
we are a good side because we have done well against
Everton and Wigan in friendly matches."
Nice to see a reunion of Chester
old boys at the match. City physio Joe Hinnigan met up
with Colin Greenall (part of the Wigan management team)
and Graham Barrow who was watching the game with his
Saturday 31 July 1999
Chester City 0 Stoke City 0
Chester City: Brown, Davidson, Cross, Reid (Wright
56), Lancaster, Woods, A.Shelton (Moss 43), Richardson, Murphy, beckett
(J.Jones 73), Fisher. Subs: Cutler, Doughty, Blackburn.
Stoke City: Ward, Small (Taffle 76), Robinson, Sigurdsson,
Jacobson (Mohan 55), Keen, McKenzie (O'Connor 73), Lightbourne, G.Kavannagh,
Aiston (Clarke 76), Connor. Subs: J.Kavvanagh, Oldfield, Crowe.
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
Once again, hard-working City matched their higher
division opponents as their successful pre-season drew to a close.
Whilst Stoke had the better of the chances, there was little between
the sides on another baking hot afternoon at the Deva.
The first chance fell to Kyle Lightborne who
shot wide of Wayne Brown on five minutes. Both sides played some
neat passing without creating any clear-cut chances. City had to
wait for 3 minutes before their first chance arrived, as Luke Beckett's
flick header was tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper.
Following the break a Kevin Keen header was saved
at the foot of the post by Brown and seven minutes later Stoke
went closer when Lightbourne sent a header crashing against a post.
City were fairly solid at the back with Martyn
Lancaster and Matt Woods forming a good partnership. It was Brown
though who came to City's rescure five minutes from time blocking
a shot from Steve Taffe.