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Saturday 28 July
Chester 2 Everton U23 4
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 758 Half Time 1-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Shenton, Smalley, Livesey (Moran 55), Grand, Howson, Pritchard, Roberts (Mooney 70), Stopforth, Mahon, Dudley, Trialist A. Subs not used: Trialist (GK), Hughes, Downes, Thomson, Brown, Hellawell, Murray, Trialist B, Trialist C.
Everton U23: Renshaw (Hansen 46), Denny, Galloway, Markelo, Ouzounidis (Foulds 46), Browning, Evans (Charsley 46), Adeniran (Bramall 83), Hornby (Gordon 76), Broadhead (Mampala 80), Sambou (Lavery 66).
Referee: Steve Copeland.

Chester take a first half lead through new loan signing Anthony Dudley. But goals from Nathan Broadhead and Harry Charsley put the visitors ahead just after the hour mark. The Blues drew level on 64 minutes with Jon Moran scoring after a John Pritchard free-kick had come back off the crossbar. Chester were only level for a minute as a slip from Steve Howson allowed Bassala Sambou to shoot under Shenton. Nine minutes from time the Blues defence was opened up with a long through ball that sent Shane Lavery through to complete the scoring for the young Everton side.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

Tuesday 24 July
Chester 2 Morecambe 2
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 582 Half Time 1-1
Booked: Roberts.

Chester: Shenton, Moran, Pritchard, Grand, Howson, Dominic Smalley, Burton (Roberts 13), Stopforth, Deane Smalley (Trialist C 66), Trialist B (Hughes 66), Mooney (Mahon 66). Subs not used: Trialist, Mahon, Brown, Downes.
Morecambe: Halstead, Cranston, Kenyon, Mills (Sinclair 46), Fleming (Hawley 72) Ellison, Oswell, Wildig (Hedley 62), Lavelle (Brownsword 55), Mandeville (Conlan 77), Mendes Gomes (Campbell 62). Subs not used: Roche, Jagne, Oliver.
Referee: Peter Gibbons.

Chester and Morecambe share four goals in an entertaining match that saw the Blues fight back twice with goals from Steve Howson and a Gary Roberts penalty two minutes from time. Earlier the Blues could have opened the scoring but missed another spot-kick with John Pritchard’s effort saved by Mark Halstead in the Morecambe goal.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
Saturday 21 July
Chester 0 Bury 1
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 746 Half Time 0-0

Chester: Shenton, Moran, Grand, Howson (Downes 84), Burton, Pritchard, Smalley (Thomson 61), Stopforth (Trialist C 67), Roberts (Hughes 67), Mooney (Brown 74), Trialist A (Trialist B 63). Subs not used: Trialist (GK), Murray.
Bury: Murphy (Hudson 46), Stokes (McFadzean 46), Cooney (Dai 77), Thompson, O'Connell (Nyaupembe 58), Mayor (Adams 46), Dagnall, Aimson (Shotton 46), Danns (Sang), Archer (Omotayo 46), Styles (Dawson 25, Whelan 77). Subs not used: Williams, Miller.
Referee: Peter Gibbons.

Bury striker Gold Omotayo scored the only goal of the game at the start of the season period as Bury ran out winners in the latest friendly. Chester grew into the game the more it wore on, but a lack of firepower was evident and a striker to replace Jordan Archer willl be top of the managers’ priorities in the next two weeks.
Friday 20 July
Llandudno 0 Chester 4
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: - Half Time 0-0

Llandudno: S.Pearson, Hewitt, Williams, K.Edwards, M.Pearson, Z.Edwards, Connolly, Hughes, Ketley, Harry, Owen.
Chester: Trialist A, Hellawell (Brown 60), Thomson, Moran, Downes, Trialist B, Stopforth (Trialist D 58), Roberts (Noble 58), Murray (Trialist C 58), Hughes (Trialist E 60), Marsh-Hughes.
Referee: -.

Second half goals from a trialist, Nathan Brown, Alex Downes and Cain Noble gave a youthful Chester side a dominant win at Welsh Premier League side Llandudno.

Saturday 14 July
Runcorn Linnets 3 Chester 5
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 319 Half Time 1-2

Runcorn Linnets: Forth, Trialist A, Trialist B, Moore, O’Brien (Jones 31), Simpson, Holt, Hamid, Potter, Shanley, Trialist C. Subs not used: Trialist D, Trialist E, Holmes, Trialist F, Nolan, Trialist G.
Chester: Shenton (Trialist C 84), Smalley, Moran (Trialist B 84), Howson (Downes 84), Pritchard, Mahon (Mooney 65), Stopforth (Noble 73), Burton (Hellawell 84), Hughes (Marsh-Hughes 73), Brown (Murray 65), Trialist A (Thomson 84). Subs not used: Trialist.
Referee: Ian Walsh.

Goals from Steve Howson, John Pritchard from the penalty spot, two from a trialist and an own goal earned Chester their second pre-season victory.

Tuesday 10 July
Ramsbottom United 0 Chester 1
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 190 Half Time 0-0

Ramsbottom United: Trialist, Henry, Dean, Trialist, Thompson, Ellison, Jordan, Trialist, Marie, Daniels, Wright. Subs not used: Fould, Brooks, Trialist, Trialist, Gaskell.
Chester: Shenton (Trialist 76), Smalley (Thomson 72), Howson (Moran 72), Trialist A, Pritchard (Downes 73), Burton (Noble 63), Stopforth (Brown 63), Roberts (Mahon 56), Mooney (Hellawell 72), Trialist B (Murray 56), Trialist C (Hughes 56).
Referee: Ian Walsh.

A penalty from John Pritchard secures the first win of the pre-season at Ramsbottom.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)

Saturday 7 July
Chester 0 Liverpool 7
Pre Season Friendly
Attendance: 4,396 Half Time 0-2

Chester: Shenton, Smalley (Thomson 60), Moran, Howson (Marsh-Hughes 78), Pritchard (Downes 72), Roberts (Noble 46), Burton (Brown 72), Stopforth (Murray 68), Mahon (Mooney 46), Hughes (Hellawell 48), Archer (Trialist 60). Subs not used: Trialist (Goalkeeper).
Liverpool (first half): Karius, Clyne, Gomez, Phillips, Moreno, Fabinho, Jones, Woodburn, Wilson, Solanke, Origi.
Liverpool (second half): Ward, Robertson, Klavan, Phillips (Chirivella), Camacho, Milner, Keita, Kent, Ings, Ojo, Sturridge.
Referee: Rob Jones.

Not the resut Chester wanted but a memorable day at the Deva for the new management team.

Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
















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