Chester seek a return to winning ways tomorrow as they travel to Rushall Olympic, who held the Blues to a 1-1 draw on the first day of the season.
Rushall are perhaps best known for selling Zat Knight to Fulham for the princely sum of 30 Adidas tracksuits, in keeping with the club's mainly clothes-based currency system. Knight himself was on a wage of a pair or trainers and 3 hoodies per week during his Rushall days, whilst the club recently turned down a £20,000 bid for star striker Ahmed Obeng, saying they wouldn't let him go for less than 28 pairs of chinos.
"We like to hit the clubs, and chinos are in at the moment," explained chairman John Allen.
Rushall are managed by Neil Kitching, who is confident that his side can stand the heat of coming up against the league's top side.
"I hob we can give them a good game. Obeng was cooking on gas at their place, and we didn't let them kettle down into any kind of rhythm. We won't be putting in a half-baked performance - I'll be at great pans to point out to the lads that we can win this game. I've herb that they were upset not to take three points at their place, so that spices things up a bit. I'll be doing everything I can to make sure we're frying on all colanders."
Neil Young is expected to hand a debut to Levi Mackin at some point, although Michael Powell is available for the last time before he starts his three match ban, comes back for a game, then gets booked and misses another two. Meanwhile, Young faces increasing pressure from some fans who are desperately unhappy with Chester's two month-long unbeaten record.
Jamie Rainford is available for selection, and despite Chester's unbeaten run coinciding with Rainford's departure on loan, a good number of fans are clamouring for the controversial striker's return. Some have taken to Twitter to spew the hashtag #teamrainford everywhere, as though the former Marine-man has suffered some grave injustice. Suggestions that, actually, all Blues fans should merely be #teamchester are likely to fall on deaf ears, as certain sections of support appear to have committed themselves to faux-teenage rebellion.
Meanwhile, with Matty McGinn and George Horan both available to play again, Christian Smith will have to wait and see if and where Young believes he fits in the starting line-up. Smith has been one of the most consistent performers over the Christmas period as he was unaffected by the cold weather, due to his being cooler than an ice-sculpture of a Raybans-clad cucumber that listens to jazz.