CHESTER CITY recorded their second successive pre-season victory last night when they defeated Dutch Premier League side ADO Den Haag 2-0 at the Deva Stadium.
City again fielded a mixture of first team regulars and trialists, and the combination proved to be extremely effective against one of the emerging sides in European football.
The Dutch outfit, who had defeated Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, rarely threatened a well-organised home defence and Chester could easly have doubled their margin of victory.
Midfielder Ben Davies was outstanding, and his impressive showing was rewarded with two goals. Of the three trialists on show, central defender Sam Sodje stood out with a cultured performance that must surely have impressed City boss Mark Wright.
Chester dominated proceedings in the first half and Ian Foster was twice unlucky with efforts that went narrowly wide before rattling the visitors' bar with a snap-shot from 15 yards. Van As had to move smartly to clear dangerous efforts, firstly from Brady, then from Twiss.
Davies opened the scoring after 25 minutes, with a low effort from 10 yards after a neat build up between Foster and Twiss.
DeGroot made an excellent save in first-half injury time to deny Davies whose 15-yard effort had appeared destined for the net.
The visitors' first real opportunity came on the hour mark, when Van Neininjen tried an effort from 25 yards, which went narrowly wide.
The same player was involved in the incident that led to City's second goal after 71 minutes when he was adjuged to have pulled Davies down in the area. City's pocket battleship picked himself up and hammered the spot-kick home.
The visitors has an opportunity to reduce the arrears five minutes from time, but Collins did well to clear an effort from Platvoet off the line.
Following the match City boss Wright said: "I was impressed with the way we played. There were again a number of positives out of the game, but obviously it's extremely pleasing to record a victory against a side from the Dutch Premier League".
CHESTER: Brown, Harris (Kelly 67), Sodje, Hatswell, Carden (Carey 62), Brady (McIntyre 59), Davies, Collins, Foster (Brodie 62), Twiss (Heard 46), Cowen.