Chester's scheduled pre-season friendly against Bolton Wanderers is off.

The Blues were due to host the crisis-hit League One club at the Deva on Friday evening, but the visitors have pulled out of the clash.

Wanderers player have refused to play in the fixtures, citing ongoing issues with pay and a lack of communication from the club during the administration process.

The squad has become increasingly concerned by the speed at which the takeover process is happening and met this morning at the training ground to confirm they would not play at Chester.

A joint player statement released to the media read: “"The players and coaching staff have not been paid by the club for 20 weeks and the administrators have not offered any financial assistance. It is our understanding that there are sufficient funds to provide financial help immediately but there has been none.

“As we have stated in a previous statement, all this has caused severe mental and emotional stress, affecting both our professional and personal lives, and this has now only increased. Certain individuals are in need of support and none has been forthcoming from the club.

“With the new season looming it is becoming impossible to prepare correctly for the challenge ahead.

“Contracted players and staff have returned to what they hoped would be a resolved situation and a fresh start for everyone.

“They have undertaken their duties and obligations with diligence and professionalism but how long is it reasonable for us to do so without being paid?”

Chester FC officials confirmed that Friday's fixture would not be fulfilled, with the club apologising to fans for the cancellation.

A Blues statement said: "Chester Football Club can confirm that Friday’s planned pre-season friendly at the Deva Stadium against Bolton Wanderers has now unfortunately been called off.

"The first team players of Bolton Wanderers Football Club made a statement earlier today.

"We would now encourage Chester FC supporters to attend the games this Friday and Saturday away at Cheadle Town and Colne respectively.

"The Blues are fielding an XI at home to newly formed CPD Bangor 1876 next Thursday (25th) in our final match at the Deva before the new National League North campaign gets underway.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and wish the players, supporters and staff at Bolton Wanderers the best of luck as they search for a resolution in a difficult time for their great football club."