They may well be planning for success with Chester FC in the National League North this season but tonight sees Blues bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley return to where it all began.

Nine years ago the duo were in their mid-20s and handed the reigns at the then North West Counties League side where they had both played their football. What followed was a true success story.

They won two promotions with Ramsbottom to take them to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League before departing for their trophy-laden spell at Salford.

They return to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium in charge of the Blues as they take on the second game of their pre-season schedule.

And after the 7-0 defeat at the hands of Jurgen Klopp's star-studded Liverpool side at the weekend, this evening will be a very different proposition for the Blues bosses.

A number of trialists are set to feature and we will be keeping you up to date with all the action as it happens.

Match report

HERE is the verdict from tonight from Dave Powell.

Gary Roberts in action at Ramsbottom
Gary Roberts in action at Ramsbottom

Full time: Ramsbottom 0 Chester 1

John Pritchard’s penalty separates the sides.

Missed

Mahon puts Hughes in but he fires over from close range.

Unlucky

Alex Downes goes on a mazy run skipping a challenge before firing over from 20 yards. Still 0-1.

Good stop

Good save from Trialist keeper to save near post.

Trialist keeper on

Shenton replaced for final 15 minutes.

Chester sub

Downes for Pritchard.

Chester changes

Hellawell, Moran and Thomson all on for Smalley, Howson and Mooney.

Chester subs

Cain Noble and Nathan Brown on for Burton and Stopforth.

Upping it

Chester upping it now. Matty Hughes shoots just wide from distance. Smalley also goes close

Good effort

Great strike from Mahon sees the Rammy keeper forced to push wide.

GOAL! Ramsbottom 0 Chester 1

Gary Stopforth brought down by Rob Henry and John Pritchard steps up to fire home the penalty on 62 minute. 1-0 Chester.

Triple change

56 mins: Chester subs. Mahon, Hughes and Murray for Trialist C, Roberts and Trialist B.

Second half underway

Second half underway and Shenton forced into save from Dom Marie.

All square

HT: Ramsbottom 0 Chester 0

Chances at a premium and a pretty rusty first half. Pitch not conducive to great football, though. Chester have come closest after hitting the post.

Off the post!

Close from Smalley

Good chance

Jerome Wright shoots high and wide after Roberts loses the ball in the middle of the park.

Chance!

Gary Roberts cross is turned goalwards by Trialist C but Ramsbottom keeper keeps it out with his legs. Still 0-0.

Over

Luke Thompson heads over from a corner for Rammy. 37 mins.

Quick break

Ramsbottom corner after a quick break, Wright tried to slide the ball into path of Gaskell.

First chance

Trialist C heads wide from a John Pritchard corner. First real chance for Chester. Struggling to find rhythm although dominating the ball.

Wide

Poor clerance from Shenton falls Gaskell who clips a weak effort well wide. 16 mins.

Nothing of note

Ballooned over

Chance for Ramsbottom as Gaskell fires well over from the edge of the box. 10 mins.

Rammy sub

Gaskell on for the injured Daniels.

Break in play

Rammy central midfielder down in a bit of pain

Familiar face

Former Chester winger Jerome Wright playing for Ramsbottom tonight.

Ramsbottom team

Trialist, Henry, Dean, Trialist, Thompson, Ellison, Jordan, Trialist, Marie, Daniels, Wright. Subs. Fould, Brooks, Trialist, Trialist, Gaskell