0 Huddersfield Town 0
Attendance: 1,669 (250 Huddersfield) Half Time 0-0
Chester City: Danby, S Vaughan, (Marples 57),
Sandwith (Wilson 71), Artell, Linwood, Hessey, Hand, Ravnehill,
Martinez, Broughton (Blundell 67), Walters.
Huddersfield Town: Glennon, Holdsworth,
Adams, Hudson, McIntosh, Clarke, Schofield (Abbott 46),
Worthington (Brandon 46), Booth (Collins 46), Beckett,
Chester brought their pre-season
preparations to a close with a respectable draw against
their League One opponents Huddersfield Town managed
by former City favourite Peter Jackson.
City gave debuts to both Ricky Ravenhill and Roberto
Martinez, signed only 24 hours earlier, and both players
gave a solid performance in City’s midfield alongside
Jamie Hand. Martinez was instrumental in setting up
early opportunities for Drewe Broughton and Jon Walters
though both failed to take advantage.
At the other end The Terriers thoughy
they’d opened the scoring when the tricky Gary
Taylor-Fletcher got on the end of a right wing cross
only to see his header hit the bar. Dandby was in action
in the City goal soon after palming away an effort from
Schofield and keeping an effort from Taylor-Fletcher
out to keep the scores level at the interval.
Kevin Sandwith almost broke the deadlock
on 50 minutes curling a free-kick just wide and tried
another long-range effort that hit the side netting
as City pressed. Martinex, busy in midfield, also brough
out a save from Gannon in the Town goal from a 25-yarder.
Manager Mark Wright was forced to
replace captain of the day Stephen Vaughan after an
altercation following a late challenge and brought on
Gregg Blundell for Broughton in the closing stages.
As the game wore on it was the
visitors who had the clearer chances with former Chester
forward Luke Beckett lobbing wide five minutes from time
and Danby was well placed to save from both Holdsworth
and later Abbott after the player had been sent through
one-on-one on the ‘keeper. In injury time Simon
Marples was well placed to head an Abbott effort off the
line to earn City a well deserved draw.
Doylsden 0 Chester City
Attendance: 180 Half Time 0-1
Chester City: Vernon (Ryan 90), Wade, Marsh-Evans (Newton 34), Cadwallader,
Allen, Hessey, Rutherford, McSporran, Newby (Barnes 79), Holroyd, Potter (Carroll
76). Subs not used.
City turned out a reserve side for this fixture, with a
handful of players with first team experience. It was triallist Jon Newby
scored the only goal of the game on 10 minutes with a cool finish after being
set up by a Sean Hessey though header. On the down side young defender Robert
Marsh-Evans limped off with a foot injury that was later revealed as a hairline
fracture of his fifth metatarsal, keeping the youngster out for 6-8 weeks.
Assistant manager Graham Barrow said of Marsh-Evans: “He’s really
just done it out of nothing, as we’ve seen with some of the top players.
There’s no explaining it really. I know it did happen at times when I
played but not as frequently as it does now. Rob’s a big 6ft 2in, left-sided
centre-half. The last one who I saw like him was Steve Walsh when I was at
Wigan. He has all those attributes.”
The home side, who had the better of the play for
the second half, featured five ex-City players with Carl Ruffer, Steve
Brodie, Steve Halford, Dave Cameron and Kevin Rapley in the squad.
Chester City 1 Blackpool 2
Attendance: 692 (146 Blackpool) Half Time 1-0
Chester City: Danby, Marples (S.Vaughan 75),
Sandwith, Linwood, Westwood, Artell, Bennett, Hand, Broughton
(Blundell 66), Walters (McSporran 82), Wilson (Holroyd
Blackpool: Jones, Coid (Joseph 60), Clarke
(Slater 75), Jackson, Tierney, Forbes, Southern, Fox (Bean
60), Hoolahan, Vernon, Parker. Subs not used: K Clancy,
S.Clancy, Burns, Paterson, Donnelly, Prendergast.
Referee: M.Dean (Wirral).
Kevin Sandwith gives the Blues a half-time lead with a
free-kick but City are beaten by two goals from Scott
Vernon early in the second half.
City began the game well and it was ex-Rushden striker
Drewe Broughton who forced the first save of the game
as ‘Pool ‘keeper Lee Jones smothered the ball
at the big strikers feet and saw another shot fizz past
the post minutes later.
City forced the first corner of the night but couldn’t
capitalise on it while at the other end Blues ‘keeper
Jon Danby was called into action to save smartly from
Broughton must have through he’d given City the
lead as he raced on to a on-on-one with Jones. The striker
rounded the shotstopper but saw his shot cleared off the
line by a back-peddling Forbes.
were certainly on top and took the lead on 24 minutes.
Jon Walters was fouled on the edge of the box, Sandwith
stepped up and curled the ball round the wall and into
the corner of the net from the free-kick as City went
in at the break in front.
Blackpool came out strong and forced
a couple of corners in the opening minutes. Ten minutes
later the sides were level. The City defence failed
to clear a ball pinging around the box and Vernon shot
home from 12 yards.
On 65 minutes ‘Pool
took the lead. Once again Vernon was on the scoresheet
heading home a cross from Tierney.
Manager Mark Wright introduced
both Gregg Blundell and Chris Holroyd as the Blues looked
for an equaliser but Jones was to deny Sandwith and Holroyd
before the final whistle signaled a home defeat.
0 Chesterfield 2
Attendance: 551 (67 Chesterfield) Half Time 0-0
Chester City: Danby, Sandwith, S.Vaughan (Marples
58), Hessey, Hand, Blundell (Holroyd 64), Walters (McSporran
58), Bennett (Wolski 58), Wilson (Broughton 58), Artell,
Chesterfield: Roach, Picken, Hazell
(Wiggins-Thomas 85), Blatherwick (Downes 58), O’Hare
(Jackson 66), Hall, Niven, (Kovacs 85), Allott, Hurst,
Larkin (Lowry 66), Shaw (Allison 66).
second half goals were enough to condemn City to
their third pre-season Deva defeat this time at
the hands of first division Chesterfield. The Blues
enjoyed plenty of possession but worringly created
very few real chances to score, the nearest being
a second half free-kick from Kevin Sandwith that
clipped the crossbar to deny an equaliser.
City playing with three at the
back in front of Danby enjoyed the better of the
early play, looking to set Laurence Wilson clear
on the left several times. When City did attack
the visitors keeper Roach twice flapped crosses
away and headed one clearance away following set-pieces.
Jonathan Walters was denied an opening goal midway
through the first half as Blatherwick cleared his
effort off the line, while Jamie hand shot over
from a free-kick minutes later.
At the other end Dandy made his
first real save of the day when he denied Shaw
whose close range header looked goalbound but for
the quick reflexes of the City shotstopper who
saved on the line.
After the break City had a great
chance to open the scoring as Blundell raced through
only to hold the ball up and waste a pass instead
of going for goal alone which looked a better option.
On 58 minutes City manager Mark
Wright made four substitutions and they’d
hardly set foot on the field when City found themselves
a goal down as Mark Allott beat the diving Danby
from 25 yards with his shot hitting the inside
of the post on the way into the net.
Sandwidth’s free-kick apart,
the Blues’ only real chance of note
in the second half came from a stooping header by substitute Drewe Broughton
that brought a save low down from Roach.
The Spireites doubled their
lead ten minutes from time through Paul Hall
who was sent clear one-on-one, his first effort
was saved by Dandy but the ball fell back to
the striker who cooly lobbed the ball into the
Cammell Laird 0 Chester City
Attendance: - Half Time 0-1
Chester City: Danby (Kaczmarek 64), Vaughan (Marples 61), Wilson (Sandwith
61), Allen, Linwood (Marsh-Evans 65), Artell, McSporran (Newby 57), Hand (Wolski
64), Broughton (Walters 57), Blundell (Holroyd 57), Bennett (Rutherford 71).
from Drewe Broughton, Jermaine McSporran and Jon
Walters gave City a comfortable 3-0 victory over
a well-organised Cammell Laird side.
Despite the victory manager
Mark Wright wasn’t overly pleased with the performance.
He said: “We could have won the game by a lot
more goals. The referee disallowed one and Gregg Blundell
should have scored one, maybe two goals in the first
half. But I wasn’t pleased with what I saw overall
in the first half and I gave the players a hammering
at half-time. It was all too easy in the first half
and they came up with the excuse that the pitch wasn’t
good. I’m not accepting that – the game
was there to be won and the game was there to go after
and I don’t think we did that as a unit in the
Three triallists played for City, Jon Newby (Bury), Michael Wolski (Stockport)
and Wojtek Kaczmarek who apparently played for a Polish Second Division side
The Blues took the lead on 38 minutes when Laurence Wilson beat the offside
trap and centred to Drewe Broughton who volleyed home from 10 yards. Three
minutes after the break minutes Broughton and Gregg Blundell combined to set
up McSporran whose scored from close range after his first effort had struck
City completed the scoring on 74 minutes as a fine cross-field pass from Simon
Marples set up Jon Walters who sidesteped a defender and finished with style.
Northwich Victoria 1 Chester
Attendance: 548 Half Time 0-0
Northwich Victora: TBA.
Chester City: Craig Vernon, James Vaughan, Sean Newton (Karl
Carney 52), Kevin Roberts (Shaun Kelly 75), Rob Marsh-Evans, Adam Wade (James
Gregory 56), Paul Rutherford (Jordan Barnes 84), Mark Cadwallader (Glenn Rule
65), Chris Holroyd, Paul McManus (Neil Carroll 30), Freddie Potter (Kieran Morrin
was a hugely impressive performance by a very young Chester side against an experienced
Conference eleven. With a squad that included a number of sixteen year olds Chester
never looked overawed and for long periods of the game played the better football.
With the first eleven otherwise engaged Chester were led from the bench by Jim
Hackett, new youth team manager Simon Davies and Mark Newman all of who can be
very proud of the way their youngsters performed.
On a blistering hot day the
first chance fell to Mark Cadwallader who fired narrowly over the crossbar from
30 yards but Vics gradually secured a foothold and both Kevin Townson and Chris
Williams wasted good opportunities. Rob Marsh-Evans showed himself to be an excellent
prospect in the centre of the defence with some timely tackles and powerful headed
clearances and he was probably the pick of the City players. Just before half
time Vics almost took the lead when a cross from Tony Gallimore deceived Craig
Vernon and bounced off the top of the crossbar.
Chester stepped up a gear in the second half and could easily have taken the
lead. First of all a Ben Connett clearance hit Adam Wade and almost fell to Neil
Carroll but the best chance came in the 50th minute when a dangerous James Vaughan
cross caused panic in the Vics defence. Freddie Potter's header was well saved
by Connett who then blocked Adam Wade’s follow up shot. The ball finally
fell to Vaughan whose cannonball shot from the edge of the area was well saved
by the beleagured keeper. Two minutes later Connett had to be alert again to
a Chris Holroyd effort and it came as a surprise when Vics snatched the lead
in the 56th minute after former City man Craig Dove, on trial at Victoria Park,
fired through a ruck of players after a corner by Danny Mayman.
to fold and the increasingly influential Paul Rutherford ensured that the Blues
continued to press forward for the remainder of the game as both sides made a
stream of substitutions. In the closing stages Vics had a couple of chances to
extend their lead but it would have been cruel on the youngsters to concede another
After the game Jim Hackett
expressed his pleasure with the performance: “Although
it was a poor goal to concede from a defensive viewpoint
we could have gone ahead before this with two or
three good chances. They may have looked the better
side on paper but I though we edged the game and
it could be argued that we looked the better side.
We now have three players from the youth set up in
the first team squad and three others training with
them so the future looks terrific. In the past there
has always been talk about the youth setups at Crewe
and Wrexham but this performance shows that we now
have a good youth system at Chester. I’m very
happy with the way the players played today and the
youngsters didn’t look out of place against
some seasoned professionals.”
Chester City 0 Cercle
Attendance: 269 Half Time 0-0
Chester City: Danby, Rutherford (McSporran 56), Sandwith (Wilson
56), Linwood (Allen 65), Westwood, Artell (Hanson 69), Hand, Bennett (S.Vaughan
Walters (Blundell 65), Broughton (Holroyd 70), Hessey.
Cercle Brugge: Vandendriessche, Portier, Grondin, Van Mol,
Pivaljevic, Dekelver, Valenta, De Wulf, De Smet, Pinas, Gjuzelov.
such short notice given, and two games in two days,
it’s hardly surprising that there was a small
crowd to witness City’s second pre-season match
of the season.
Those who did attend saw a second defea, as Tom De Sutter scored the only goal
of the night for the visitors seven minutes from time shooting on the turn from
the edge of the penalty area to completely deceive John Danby, with the suspicion
of a deflection.
City gave a trial to Christian Hansen a central defender who played 23 matches
for Grays Athletic last season. The visitors were reduced to ten men on 72 minutes
as Milenko Milosevic was sent off for Brugge after appearing to head butt Jamie
Hand who was also booked.
The Blues are next in action on Saturday afternoon when they make the short trip
to the Victoria Stadium to play Cheshire neighbours Northwich Victoria.
Chester City 0 Stoke City 2
Attendance: 1,277 Half Time 0-0
Chester City (first half): Danby,
Marples, Allen, Artell, Hessey, Wilson, Bennett, S.Vaughan,
Newby (triallist from Bury), Walters, Cronin.
Chester City (second half): Danby,
Marples (Hessey 60), Sandwith, Bolland (Wilson 78),
Linwood, McSporran, S.Vaughan, Broughton, Blundell, Hand.
Stoke City: Simonsen, Hoefkins, Duberry,
Hill, Buxton (Wilkinson 54), Chadwick (Henry 54), Brammer
(Pullis 54), Russell, Harper (Kopteff 54), Blake (Sidebe
19), Sigurdsson (Rooney 74).
Chester kicked off their 2006/07 pre-season campaign
with a 2-0 defeat against Championship side Stoke City.
The result itself was meaningless as supporters and players
alike tried to figure out who was who and why the 20p
teamsheet only included three Chester players in the
correctly numbered shirt. As is the tradition with the
early friendlies Chester fielded a different eleven and
formation for each of the 45 minutes with only captain
Stephen Vaughan and goalkeeper John Danby playing the
Chester started the game with
triallist Jon Newby playing up-front alongside Jon
Walters and it was the
former Bury player who proved to be one of the most
impressive players on view in the first 45 minutes.
The midfield lined up with Glenn Cronin on the left
and Dean Bennett on the right with Stephen Vaughan
in the centre just in front of the three central defenders
Graham Allen and two familiar faces Dave Artell and
Sean Hessey. Laurence Wilson looked a useful acquisition
at left wing back with some promising runs while Simon
Marples played a more defensive role and occupied the “Regan
Gap” – the large area on the right hand
side of the field where no defender dared venture last
season. Chester probably shaded the first half and
put together some good moves without overly troubling
Steve Simonson. The system looked fairly solid thanks
to the inclusion of Artell, Hessey and Vaughan, three
players who knew each others play from last year.
In the second half the formation
looked more fluid ie I didn’t understand it. Marples, Vaughan and
Danby all remained on the pitch as a new batch of signings
emerged to further confuse everybody. The attack featured
Drewe Broughton and Gregg Blundell supplemented by
Jermaine McSporran. Vaughan was joined in the centre
of midfield by the energetic Jamie Hand while Kevin
Sandwith took over from Laurence Wilson at left wing
back. The central defence for the second half included
Paul Linwood, Ashley Westwood and the unfortunate Phil
Bolland who lasted thirty minutes before what appeared
to be a serious shoulder injury. Certainly the second
half performance didn’t match up to the first
45 minutes but it would be extremely harsh to judge
anyone on this initial game. Stoke scored two well-taken
goals, although the marking was questionable, but otherwise
caused few problems for Danby.
Finally a mention for triallist goalkeeper Ricky Banks
from Crystal Palace who took the Theo Walcott what-am-I-doing-here
role. Perhaps he will be given a chance on Thursday
All in all a useful work out. Bring on the Belgians.