Chester 2 - 4 Everton U23s

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A goal from Bassala Sambou plus strikes from Harry Charsley, Shayne Lavery and Nathan Broadhead, gave the Under-23s an impressive pre-season victory at Chester.

George Green — now of Chester but formerly of Everton — wasn't risked as he nursed a slight injury.

Soon after the start, Broadhead's corner was met by the diving head of Bassala Sambou but he could only turn it wide.

Chester's Anthony Dudley bundled home the first goal of the afternoon. Dudley was played in by one of Chester's several trialists and pushed the ball past Chris Renshaw after half-an-hour.

Everton equalised after Fraser Hornby's effort was spilled by Chester's keeper and Nathan Broadhead was on hand to fire the rebound into an empty net.

Five minutes later, Broadhead's shot came back out to substitute Harry Charsley, who duly put away goal number 2. But in no time, a Chester free-kick strikes the bar and falls to Jon Moran who side-footed home high into the net from 12 yards.

A mistake allowed Bassala Sambou to coolly slot the ball under Grant Shenton in the Chester goal, restoring Everton's lead.

Shayne Lavery, the Northern Irish striker replaced Sambou and added the fourth with a calm finish nine minutes from time.

Scorers: Broadhead 55', Charsley 61', Sambou 65', Lavery 81'

Everton U23s: Renshaw (46' Hansen), Denny, Galloway, Ouzounidis (46' Foulds), Browning, Adeniran (83' Bramall), Markelo, Evans (46' Charsley), Broadhead (81' Mampala), Hornby (76' Gordon), Sambou (66' Lavery).


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Bill Griffiths
1 Posted 28/07/2018 at 17:53:34
Broadhead scored the first not Sambou.
Ed McDonald
2 Posted 28/07/2018 at 19:28:09
What are the chances of any of these lads making the first team.... Tomorrow?
Matt Edwards
3 Posted 28/07/2018 at 19:53:00
I went to the game today. Not great first half but much better in the second. Browning played centre back and Galloway left back – both played full 90 mins. It was striking that Browning is much more stocky than Galloway and I couldn't see many players beating him in a physical duel.

Of the younger lads I'd say Sambou stood out the most. He's very skinny but very quick and put a big shift in. Although he's slim I liked that he put himself about a lot and got involved in everything, even a bit of pushing and shoving which was nice to see! He had some very nice touches and looked dangerous. Good finish for his goal.

Renshaw was very poor in goal. Not sure how old he is but he seemed out of his depth to me. Poor kicking, poor in the air and spilt a few shots.

Deeny at right back poor first half but better second.

Ouzounidis poor and subbed at half-time, replaced by Foulds who looked far better.

Markelo and Adeniran were poor first half but much better second. Out themselves about a bit but struggled to hang on to the ball and couldn't dictate play at any stage.

Evans had a stinker and was replaced at half-time. I think he just had one of those days and looked like there may be a player in there. Charsley replaced him and was much better – impressed with him.

Of all the players I would follow Fraser Hornby the most. His touch wasn't great today but for a young lad he already has the physical attributes required for top level football. He's fairly tall but quite quick, quite strong and quite good in the air. Struck a cracking free kick against the post. If he kicks on a bit he may do well.

Lavery is a funny one. Short and 'plump' but cracking finish for his goal. Maybe a fox in the box?

Overall, I would give a 6 out of 10 although I believe they had a very tough training week. What I would say is they weren't bullied at all – quite the opposite. Unfortunately, Chester seemed to show better touches and passing at times, mainly in the first half. Not what you would expect!

Phill Thompson
4 Posted 28/07/2018 at 20:14:14
Ed, poor as the 1st team were tonight, we can't rely on any of the team that beat Chester making the leap up soon. Apart from the two older defenders Browning and Galloway, the rest are a young side mainly 18-20.

Give them a season to continue their development and a few may make the squad towards the end of the season.

Two of our best young defenders Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson were out injured, at 19 and 18 they are too young yet to be pitched into the Premier League but hopefully sometime in the future.

Bill Griffiths
6 Posted 28/07/2018 at 20:14:42
No chance, Ed. I went to the game, Matt, but disagree with some of your points. I thought Markelo, Sambou, Adeniran, Hornby and Evans were all really poor and I wouldn't have rated any of them more than 3 or 4 out of 10

I thought Chester deserved a draw on the whole.

For me game changed when Charlsey went on and Broadhead upped his game and they started to run the game a bit. Agree goalie was poor and like you didn't know what to make of Lavery. Thought he looked overweight and nothing like a footballer but he took his goal well and showed some good touches.

I know Feeney is injured but Gibson and Bowler were not in the squad either, don't know if they are injured too.

Phill Thompson
7 Posted 28/07/2018 at 20:18:59
Matt #3, How was Nathan Broadhead today? He seems to blow hot and cold over the past couple of seasons but has scored a few goals this preseason. What’s your thoughts on him?
Bill Griffiths
8 Posted 28/07/2018 at 20:35:42
Phil, Nathan didn't play particularly well in the first half but he was a lot better than any of the other midfielders or forwards in the side.

In second half, Charlsey came on and started to improve things; this seemed to make Nathan up his game and these two started to run things, each scoring to put us 2-1 up.

I don't know if he's got what it takes to make it in the Premier League but he's steady and always works hard whenever I've seen him.

Living in Bangor I'd be made up if he did make it with The Blues.

Matt Edwards
9 Posted 28/07/2018 at 21:40:08
Bill, I'll be honest with you, in the first half I was quite shocked at how poor we were. Chester were technically better and kept the ball better too. A couple of nice through balls that didn't quite come off.

Lot better second half and agree Charsley looks a good footballer.

I was trying to keep it positive after the second half display but I agree, I wouldn't think many of them will end up the Premier League. Give them credit though, they are young and got stuck in.

A couple of glimmers of high quality but not loads.

Phill – Broadhead showed some nice touches but wasn't in the game much until second half. Like a few of our other bits I imagine he looks good against his own age group but this is a bit tougher and they weren't given much time on the ball. To be fair, the team looks like it has some good finishers in it – Broadhead included.

Bill – I don't know if you agree but the Chester left-back/wing-back was best player on pitch during first half and caused us a bit of trouble. Not sure of his name though. Their small number 11 was good too which was worrying as they struggled to shut him out until second half.

Bill Griffiths
10 Posted 28/07/2018 at 22:03:14
Ye Matt, I was impressed by their Nos 3 & 11.

Given that Evans & Hornby are so highly rated, I was shocked at how poor they were, though Hornby was unlucky with his terrific free-kick that rattled the bar.

Given their reputations, I would say today must have been an off-day but nothing came off for either of them.

Rob Sawyer
11 Posted 29/07/2018 at 22:52:23
Shayne Lavery came on as a late sub against Stockport last week and made an impression on me (I did not see the Chester match). Low centre of gravity, strong and he can certainly play. One to watch perhaps...
Kristian Boyce
12 Posted 30/07/2018 at 03:04:04
Do any other clubs keep ‘youth’ players as long as we do? Browning is 24, Pennington is 23 and Galloway is 22. Add Garbutt who’s 25, we have 4 players who are nowhere near the first team but earning a decent wage.

I just looked at Browning’s stats, in all his career both with us and loans, he’s made 44 league appearances. The other three have similar amounts as well. I don’t know what it is with defenders but we like to stockpile them. Any other position, we normally release or sell at around 20-21.

Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 30/07/2018 at 05:32:03
Kristian(#12); It is fair to call Browning and Pennington as youth players meaning they came through the Academy but transfer fees were paid for Galloway and Garbutt at a time when we also had Stones and Holgate on the books. Since then we've also signed/transferred in Foulds, Gibson and Markelo who are also central defenders (would you include Martina?). Browning and Galloway, both central defenders, did well when asked to fill in as full backs in the 1st XI and it is fair to assume that some sort of transfer fee may be possible. I'm not sure that loans for these two to Sunderland and West Brom were of any value.

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