Alex Lynch insists it’s better to get mistakes out of the way in pre-season with the new National League campaign just a fortnight away.
Chester’s number one has been a firm starter in pre-season so far, but admits he was ‘frustrated’ to have given away a penalty at Hyde United last week, being caught in possession in his own area before hauling down Tom Pratt, Peter Boyle coverting from 12 yards in a 1-1 draw.
Lynch, who is set to face Walsall in tomorrow’s home friendly (3pm), insists the lack of a second goalkeeper in Jon McCarthy’s squad isn’t having a negative effect on his game, with a trialist gloveman having played each second-half of pre-season but yet to be signed on.
On his error at Hyde, the 22-year-old said: “Obviously it’s frustrating to do that in any match wherever you’re playing.
“But if you’re going to make a mistake it’s better to get it out of the way now in pre-season. I’ve got to pick myself up, learn from it and go again, and hopefully I won’t make too many come the season.
“If there’s a signed on goalkeeper then it’s nice to have the competition and work with, but if there isn’t then I’m not taking anything for granted.
“You can’t take it for granted in football, or anything for that matter, I’ve been around the professional game for long enough to know that by now. I’ll be on my toes whatever happens.”
Chester continued their preparations for the new season – which begins with a trip to Solihull Moors on August 5 – with a pre-season clash at Witton Albion, and Lynch feels their busy two-week schedule has been beneficial for the first-team squad. Having played in Monday night’s 3-1 win at Bala Town, the Holyhead-born goalkeeper praised the Maes Tegid club for giving him a chance at the start of last season, having been released at the end of his contract with Wycombe Wanderers.
Just two months into the campaign, and Lynch had been snapped up by Chester boss McCarthy, as he initially looked to provide cover for on-loan stopper Liam Roberts.
“Pre-season has gone pretty well, we were unbeaten in the first week and hopefully we can get some good minutes under our belt for the rest of it,” he continued.
“It’s nice to come back to Bala. They gave me a chance to play some games last season and gave me the opportunity to be spotted by the gaffer at Chester and get my move so it’s nice to be back.
“They knew I hopefully wanted to stay full-time and Colin (Caton) was nice enough to put me on a non-contract which meant I could go for free if something came out. It was a good experience, I got to see some of the Welsh Premier League which is nice and it’s nice to come here for a friendly.
“The facilities are excellent here, the 3G is new and a good surface to play on and it’s nice to play some football in Wales for a change!”
Chester face a busy opening month of league action including back-to-back home matches in the first week, hosting AFC Fylde on Tuesday, August 8, before a visit from Halifax Town on Saturday, August 12.
When newly-promoted Fylde visit the Swansway Chester it will have been 234 days since the Blues last tasted victory at home, with Lynch admitting it would be nice to ‘get the monkey off our backs’ in the opening week.
“Everyone is buzzing for the season, Solihull is our main aim to try and go there and pick up some points,” he added. “All the lads can’t wait to get going.
“That (home form) is forgotten about from last season. Obviously you hear about it, it’s in the press and that, but it’s not been on my mind and the new lads minds and we want a good start both home and away.
“It’d be nice to get the monkey off our backs so to speak early doors, in that first home game, that’d be lovely and a few goals for the fans.”
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