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Tuesday 29 September
Padiham 0 Chester 6
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 150 (estimate) Half Time: 0-1
Booked: -.

Chester (First half): Gray, Morgan, Livesey, Grand, Taylor, Jackson, Trialist A, Glendon, Dudley, Elliott, Waring.
Chester (Second half): Worsnop (Gray 50), G.Roberts, Trialist A, Grand, Morgan, Trialist B, Weeks, Hughes, Trialist C, Marsh-Hughes, Goodwin.

A hat-trick from Lloyd Marsh-Hughes,
along with goals from John Johnstone, Trialist C from the penalty spot and Will Goodwin complete Chester’s pre-season with a 6-0 victory at Padiham.
Saturday 26 September
Chester 2 Trafford 0
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 0 Half Time: 0-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Worsnop, K.Roberts (G.Roberts 40), Livesey (Trialist B 70), Grand (K.Roberts 80), Taylor (Morgan 70), Johnston (Trialist C 70), Trialist A (Trialist D 70), Glendon (Trialist E 70), Jackson (Dudley 40 (Trialist F 80)), Waring (Hughes 40 (Goodwin 80)), Elliott (Marsh-Hughes 80).

Goals from Danny Elliott and Will Goodwin gave Chester a 2-0 home win in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Trafford. The match was split into three 40 minute periods featuring several trialists and rotating substitutions.

Tuesday 22 September
Vauxhall Motors 0 Chester 4
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 200 (estimate) Half Time: 0-3
Booked: -.

Chester: Gray (Worsnop 56), K.Roberts, Livesey, Grand (Taylor 56), Morgan, Johnston (Elliott 56), Trialist A (Trialist D 56), Trialist B (Trialist E 56), Trialist C, Waring (Glendon 56), Goodwin (Marsh-Hughes 56). Sub not used: Trialist F.

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John Johnston scored his first goal for the club in the second minute and set up George Waring for Chester’s second on 20 minutes. Simon Grand added the third just after the half hour. Chester completde the scoring four minutes from time through Trialist C as they ran out 4-0 winners at Vauxhall Motors.

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Saturday 12 September
Buxton 3 Chester 2
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 400 (estimate) Half Time: 1-0
Booked: -.

Chester: Gray, Morgan (K.Roberts 67), Livesey, Grand, Taylor (Trialist E 76), Johnston, Glendon (Trialist D 67), Trialist A (Goodwin 76), Dudley (Trialist B 46), Waring (Trialist C 64), Elliott (Trialist F 76). Subs not used: Worsnop, Trialist G, G.Roberts.

A late goal at the Silverlands Stadium brought Chester a 3-2 defeat at Buxton on Saturday. The home side took the lead through James Hurst five minutes before half-time. George Waring equalised for the Blues three minutes into the second period turning home a cross from Danny Elliott.

Buxton were awarded a penalty on 56 minutes following a foul on Reece Styche by Simon Grand, Styche stepped up to convert the spot-kick. Four minutes later Chester were level again, this time it was Waring who set-up Elliott who gave ex-Blue Grant Shenton no chance in the home goal.

Louis Gray made a great save to deny Diego De Girolamo before Styche scored the winning goal, with the aid of a deflection, five minutes from time.

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Tuesday 8 September
Glossop North End 0 Chester 1
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 248 Half Time: 0-1
Booked: -.

: Gray, G.Roberts, Livesey (Trialist C 63), Grand, Taylor (Trialist B 63), Jackson (Morgan 63), Glendon (Trialist D 63), Trialist A (Trialist E 63), Johnston, Waring (Dudley 46), Marsh-Hughes (Elliott 46). Sub not used: Worsnop.

George Glendon scored the only goal of the game on six minutes as Chester won at Glossop North End.

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Saturday 5 September
Marine 0 Chester 4
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 350 (estimated) Half Time: 0-2
Booked: -.

Chester (First half)
: Gray, Morgan, K.Roberts, Grand, Taylor, Johnston, Glendon, Trialist A, Jackson, Dudley, Elliott.
Chester (Second half)
: Gray, Morgan, K.Roberts, Grand, Taylor (Trialist B 63), Trialist D, Trialist E, G.Roberts, Trialist F, Elliott (Trialist C 63), Marsh-Hughes.

Chester followed up Thursday’s emphatic victory at Cheadle Town with a fine 4-0 victory at Northern Premier League Division One North West side Marine, now managed by former Blues favourite Neil Young. Once again the Blues management ran the rule over a number of trialist’s through the 90 minutes.

It took just ten minutes for the Blues (Greens) to open the scoring with George Glendon intercepting a back pass and beating home ‘keeper Bayleigh Passant to the loose ball to set up Danny Elliott who had the simplest of tasks steering the ball into the empty net.

Fine work by Trialist A and Bradley Jackson set up Elliott again but the striker was unfortunate to see his effort rebound off the crossbar into the hands of Passant.

John Johnston saw an effort saved by Passant before Chester double their lead on the strike of half-time with Johnston crossing for Anthony Dudley to volley home at the far post – a goal of great quality.

Chester made several changes at the break with Lloyd Marsh-Hughes and Gary Roberts joining thee action.

Louis Gray, who had had little to do in the opening period, recovered well after a slip to save from Josh Hmami in a rare Marine effort.

Chester added a third goal just after the hour mark as a superb through ball by Elliott sent Marsh-Evans through on goal and he clinically beat Passant.

On 64 minutes the scoring was completed with a great effort from Trialist F whose shot from 25 yards out went in off the post.

Picture © Rick Matthews

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Thursday 3 September
Cheadle Town 1 Chester 6
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 150 (estimated) Half Time: 1-2
Booked: -.

Chester (First half)
: Gray, Trialist A, Trialist B, Trialist C, Taylor, K.Roberts, Trialist D, Glendon, Dudley, Jackson, Marsh-Hughes.
Chester (Second half)
: Worsnop, Morgan, Livesey, Grand, Trialist F, Trialist G, Trialist H, Johnston, G.Roberts, Dudley (Trialist E 64), Elliott.

Chester fell behind to a third minute goal but struck back with goals of their own from Lloyd Marsh-Hughes, two trialist’s (C&H), two from Danny Elliott and an own goal bring an emphatic 6-1 victory at Cheadle Town.

Picture © Rick Matthews

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Saturday 29 August
Radcliffe 3 Chester 1
Pre-season friendly
Attendance: 250 (estimated) Half Time: 1-0
Booked: -.

Chester (First half)
: Gray, Morgan, Livesey, Trialist A, Taylor, Trialist B, Trialist C, Trialist D, Johnston, Marsh-Hughes, Goodwin.
Chester (Second half)
: Worsnop, G.Roberts, K.Roberts, Grand, Trialist F, Jackson, Glendon, Trialist G, Dudley, Hughes, Elliott. Subs Not Used: Trialist E, Waring.

Danny Elliott scored as last minute goal for Chester as the Blues pre-season programme got underway with a defeat at Radcliffe.

Managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley gave a game to six trialist's as the Blues played a different eleven in each half of the game. Radcliffe, playing their sixth pre-season game, started the better as you’d expect.

Goalkeeper Louis Gray was called into action in the opening minutes to save from Andy Owens. At the other end. John Johnston saw an effort from a narrow angle saved from Cam Belford in the home goal, the loose ball fell to Will Goodwin who shot wide.

Gray was called into action again to make another fine one-handed save this time to deny Louie Akpa-Akpro. Lloyd Marsh-Hughes saw an effort saved before the home side opened the scoring on 24 minutes with Luca Navarro placing a shot past Gray from 18 yards.

Chester looked a better side after the break, both George Glendon and Anthony Dudley saw efforts go wide before Trialist F pulled a shot wide when well placed.

Radcliffe doubled their lead in 68 minutes through an own goal from Trialist F defecting a free kick past Jon Worsnop. Chester tried to hit back and Elliott saw a header saved by Belford.

With four minutes remaining Radcliffe scored their third as Akpa-Akpro rounded Worsnop in the Blues goal to set up former Chester youth player Rhain Halliwell to score with ease in front of an open goal.

Chester’s consolation goal came on the stroke of full-time as Bradley Jackson ran at the home defence before passing for Elliott to finally beat Belford with a shot into the corner.

Manager Johnson told the Chester Chronicle: “I was delighted to see Danny Elliott get his goal as it is important for strikers to hit the back of the net in pre-season going into the campaign as it builds up the confidence.”

“He’s off the mark, took his goal well and he can build on that. I thought some other performances shone through as well, George Glendon looked sharp and John Johnston had a great game on the right hand side.”

“We’ve got a great squad, one we’re delighted with and we’ll get better and better as we progress.”

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