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Witton Albion 2 Chester FC 1

Played at the Help For Heroes Stadium - Saturday July 26h 2014

Witton Albion 2 Chester FC 1 – Attendance 337 – Referee Terry Ratcliffe (Stockport)

Albion Team: Chris Sanna; Anthony Gardner, Cliff Moyo, Ben Harrison (Trialist 56), Sam Barnes; Ross Davidson (Trialist 67), Iain Howard, Michael Powell (Anthony Sheehan 78), Scott Bakkor (Trialist 67), Neil Harvey (Tom Rutter 74), Danny Andrews (Jon Dawson 67). Goals: Danny Andrews (19 minutes), Neil Harvey (34 minutes)

Chester Team: Jon Worsnop (Freddie Hall h/t); John Disney (Danny Taylor h/t), Matty Brown, Kieran Charnock, Gareth Roberts; Craig Mahon, John Rooney (Peter Winn 61), Kingsley James (Wayne Riley 61), Jamie Menagh; Sean McConville (Craig Hobson h/t), Chris Iwelumo (Bohan Dixon 61). Goal: Craig Mahon (85 minutes)

 

Albion made it 3 wins out of 3 in their latest pre-season match against virtually a full strength Football Conference squad. Well taken 1st half goals from Danny Andrews and Neil Harvey beating ex Witton keeper Jon Worsnop before Craig Mahon netted Chester’s consolation five minutes from time. 

 

Match report kindly supplied by Andrew Simpson, Senior Sports Writer, Mid-Cheshire Guardian 

WITTON Albion won a third successive friendly, though the margin was a narrow one following Craig Mahon’s wonder goal for Chester with five minutes left.

The visitors’ wide man, after collecting Kieran Charnock’s clipped pass in a pocket of space in front of the home team’s retreating back four, rifled in a delicious dipping drive from distance off the crossbar.

Brian Pritchard’s men protected their advantage, established by first half strikes by Danny Andrews and new recruit Neil Harvey, to beat opponents from non-league’s top flight for a second Saturday.

They were perhaps not as fluent as when they tore into Telford, but their defence passed with relative comfort what examination Chester’s attackers could muster.

Goalkeeper Chris Sanna was called into action to parry John Rooney’s swerving free kick during the early exchanges, but their Cheshire neighbours’ domination of possession rarely led to a meaningful attempt at goal.

Instead Danny Andrews delivered an opening goal at the other end on 19 minutes, spearing a rising shot into the top corner that flashed past ex-Witton custodian Jon Worsnop before he reacted.

Iain Howard’s attempted chip almost rewarded him with a goal against his former club, while at the other end Rooney’s looped cross needed only the faintest of decisive touches after Sanna had punched weakly.

Albion doubled their lead on 34 minutes, Howard steering a pass that bisected Chester’s defence into Scott Bakkor’s path before he turned provider for Harvey.

With time to steady himself, the front man thundered an unstoppable shot high into the net.

In the second half, Kingsley James’ low, goal-bound effort was blocked by Sam Barnes and substitute Craig Hobson skidded a header wide from Mahon’s cross.

Gareth Roberts was next to be denied by a defender’s deflection, while at the other end Howard skewed wide.

Sanna scooped Kieran Murtagh’s free kick to safety, then saved smartly when substitute Peter Winn drilled a fierce shot in his direction.

Mahon’s moment of magic did beat the former Colwyn Bay net-minder, but it was not enough to prevent Chester from losing for the first time during their pre-season preparation.

 

Sporting Dinner with John Parrot