Chester FC 1, Fleetwood Town 1. It was all change for Fleetwood Town as Micky Mellon’s men battled to earn a 1-1 draw in their final pre-season encounter.
The friendly at Chester City was a chance for fringe players to shine with Micky Mellon resting the entire 11 who started against Tranmere on Saturday.
Good news for the likes of Jamie Milligan, Junior Brown, Lee Fowler and Alan Goodall.
All were important members of the Cod Army’s Conference winning side, as was Sean Clancy, who found himself lining up against his former club alongside Paul Linwood, also released by Fleetwood over the summer.
The ex-Highbury men had the better of the first half, Clancy a menace in midfield, combining well with former Blackpool man Matty Blinkhorn – a trialist for Chester.
In truth, with the game bogged down in midfield – a stalemate the commanders of the Western Front would have been proud of – chances were few and far between.
Fleetwood were limited to long range efforts and ineffectual breaks, Alex Titchiner and Richie Allen the architects of what little they did create.
To say the game came to life after the break would, certainly, be something of an overstatement.
But Fleetwood did score, Allen finding space for the first time down the right hand side, his fizzing cross finding Titchiner in the six-yard box, the former Chester man making no mistake.
The sucker punch spelled the beginning of a more open approach from the home side.
And they could have drawn level, had Maxwell not been alert to Levi Mackin’s 25 yard blast.
But the walls did crumble five minutes from time, Clancy’s cross-come-shot from the left slipping past Maxwell.
It was no less than the Blue Square North side deserved, and, had Mackin’s late shot from the edge of the box proved more of a test for the Fleetwood keeper they could even have grabbed a winner.
As it was, the spoils were shared, leaving assistant manager Craig Madden plenty to consider.
He said: “It was a tough one tonight, a lot of thing’s we’re pleased with, they worked hard, but a lot of things didn’t go our way.
“Some people have done well, some people haven’t done themselves any favours.”