Chester continue their scintillating FA Cup run tomorrow as they welcome Halifax Town to the Exacta, having already sent them away with their tails between their legs once this season.
punishment, these boys," chortled Blues manager Neil Young. "We'll take
the easy ties at this stage in the comp, though."
Halifax will be turning up without former Chester striker Jamie
Rainford, who has managed to get himself frozen out by a team at which
he is on loan - something that seems as though it might even be a
completely unprecedented achievement.
The visitors are expected to roll out their big-guns though, with
early reports suggesting that that one who kept falling over in the area
last time out will play, along with their several specialist
Young is keen to progress far in the country's oldest cup competition -
the newly full-time football man has spied the televised stages as a
chance to put himself in the shop window.
"Sir Alex isn't gonna
be at United forever," nodded the Blues supremo. "This could be my
shot. Maybe I could get in as his assistant first. We know he hates
doing them press conferences, whereas Youngy here can talk for half an
hour without drawing breath. Something to think about, Al, yeah?"
Chester's players are likely to be a little tired following the
marathon game on Tuesday, where they took until extra time to see off
the challenge of Gainsborough Trinity.
"There's a few tired legs,
so it's just been light training this week," confirmed Young. "George
has been round my house changing lightbulbs. I've not got a ladder, so
he's been climbing up the back of Nathan Jarman, using his skills."
"Marc Williams has been working on his link-up play by playing with
my model train sets and Michael Powell's been picking up bookings for
his go-karting business, keeping his eye in."
Halifax have been
handed use of the West Stand for the evening, leading to outrage from
some Chester fans, who are unsure whether that section of the ground can
handle the possibility of noise.
"Anything more than a light cricket clap, and the roof might pop off," warned veteran fan Giles Weasel-Catcher.
the move has attracted some criticism, the continued failure to allow
away fans in the South Stand continues to rankle with H Block regulars,
thereby rendering this one of the finest decisions yet made by the
A draw would see the teams head to The Shay for a replay, which is actually an oddly appealing possibility.