CHESTER City registered a hard-fought victory in their second pre-season friendly of the summer against a workmanlike Cammell Laird's side at Kirklands last night.
City included a number of trialists again, with the pick being the ex-Darlington wing-back Simon Betts.
The 25-year-old played for threequarters of the game and his combination of attacking flair and defensive strength augured well for the future.
The only goal of the game came five minutes before the break and it involved two of Chester's new signings.
Ian Foster was the orchestrator, threading a delightful through-ball to Andy Harris, who placed it exquisitely past the advancing Gann in the home goal.
Prior to the goal Bradie went close with a 25-yard effort and Robert Taylor shot over from the edge of the area.
At the other end Cammell Laird's had their moments as well, with Davies and Greenhalgh going narrowly wide with efforts.
The second half didn't have the cohesion that the first did as both teams rung the changes.
The best chance of the second 45 minutes fell to Clare, who brought out a good save from Gann following good work involving Carden.
After the match City boss Mark Wright reflected: "It was a very good workout. We tried a few things and it was a good competitive game.
"I thought Cammell Laird's were particularly strong opponents.
"Unfortunately Robert Taylor has pulled his hamstring, which is a great shame."
CAMMELL LAIRD: Gann, Staff, Hollyfield, Nall, Lynch, Gebb, Couch, Greenhalgh, Davies, Nezianya, Pew. Subs: Farr, Porter, Thompson, Hughes.
CHESTER CITY: McCaldon, McIntyre (Dudley 68), Carey (Carden 46), Hatswell, Twiss (Kelly 46), Harris (Brodie 46), Foster (Clare 46), Ruffer (Stone 80), Betts (Herd 68), Bradie (Collins 46), Taylor (Rapley 46).
REFEREE: Mr D White (Wirral).