CHESTER Schoolboys Under 14s battled back from three goals down only to eventually lose 5-3 in their friendly at Warrington Schoolboys U14s on Saturday.
The under-strength visitors made their way to Cantilever Park looking to bounce back from their defeat in their Merseyside League opener to Liverpool Schoolboys.
They were not helped, however, by losing captain Richard Tomassen to a knee injury in the warm-up and then George Nott and Luke Hitchman to knocks early on in the match.
But manager Gareth Richards said that could not excuse Chester’s “dreadful” first-half performance in which Warrington scored three but could have hit “double figures”.
A half-time dressing down did the trick, though, as Richards’ side came out with all guns blazing.
Joe Williams glanced in his first goal of season and three minutes later Liam Blake fired in after good work from Williams and man of the match Keiran Herron. Williams then levelled the scores with a cool finish and there looked only one winner.
But Warrington took advantage of some slack defending to retake the lead before adding a fifth late on.
Chester: Oliver Foster, Ben Gregory, George Nott (Alex Roddy), Jack Peake, Sam Parsons, Kieran Herron, Luke Hitchman (Joe Williams), Danny Williams (Richard Tomassen), Tom Batten, Rory Hardman, Liam Blake.