Kole Hall and his Chester FC teammates were narrowly defeated 3 – 2 by League Two side Stockport County in what was another positive workout against EFL opposition at the Deva Stadium.
Chester made a strong start as Joel Taylor’s cross was headed out but met by Declan Weeks on the volley – however his effort was off target.
Straight up the other end, County took the lead. Connor Evans received the ball on the edge of the box and fired a low effort across Wyll Stanway and into the bottom corner.
But Chester equalized just six minutes later. Weeks found the pass for the run of Charlie Caton – who did brilliantly to hold off Kyle Knoyle and then find the net despite the best efforts of ‘keeper Jordan Smith.
Dave Challinor’s men did go in front before the break though, as Macauley Southam-Hales’ clipped pass was controlled and finished majestically by ex-Blue Antoni Sarcevic, a goal that was appreciated by both sets of supporters.
On 66 minutes, Stockport County went ahead 3 – 1, as sub Paddy Madden drilled the bouncing ball into the bottom corner for the visitors.
The Seals got back into the game just a few minutes later as Iwan Murray was tripped inside the area after some neat play. Captain Weeks stepped up to convert from the spot.