Following two amateurish performances against Worksop Town, Chester formalise their Sunday League status this weekend, as they travel to Cheltenham in order to play Gloucester.
"We'll be travelling to
Bradford to play Bingley next! Am I right?!" chuckled Blues manager Neil
Young when asked for his opinion on the club's midweek FA trophy
Chester have now played twelve games since the departure
of Ben Mills, losing two, drawing four and winning six. One of those
victories was in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Cheadle, three were
scraped by the odd goal, and if you were to remove the 6-2 thrashing of
Stalybridge Celtic from the equation, then you would be guilty of
wilfully manipulating statistics to make a point and you ought to be
chastised for such a flagrant abuse of the data. Shame on you.
City play at Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road stadium, which is a venue
most memorable for former Chester City board member The Other One
stacking a right comedy fall in the away end during the Blues' last
visit, in the FA Cup in 2006.
"It was a remarkable bit of
slapstick," recounted a misty-eyed club historian Jazz Drummer. "Later
on that evening, it's believed that he also smashed a window with a
ladder, and when he turned round to inspect the damage, he smashed
The hosts are managed by David Mehew, a man whose greatest claim to fame is having a surname that sounds like a cat sneezing.
Cheltenham police are responsible for the decision to move the match to
the Sunday, with Cheltenham races taking place on the Saturday.
it's just cos it'd be tricky to police both on the same day...
y'know... numbers-wise..." mumbled PC Gonmad of the Cheltenham
Constabulary, hastily folding away a betting slip.
Blues manager Young admits he knows little of what lies in store for his team.
sent chief scout Alex Hay off to check Gloucester out, but he
misunderstood the instruction and went on a cheese-tasting session
instead," chirruped an exasperated Seals boss.
realise at first. His scouting report stated that Double Gloucester was
harder than Single Gloucester, and I was worried they were going to try
and pull some tactic where they field 22 men. Then I got to the bit
about Gloucester being a nice filling in a toastie, and I figured
something was amiss. Nobody wants a Neil Mustoe panini."
for Chester could see them back to the top of the table, depending on
results elsewhere. A defeat will see a Deva Chat thread about all the
strikers being too similar.