Chester manager Neil Young has been dealt a hammer blow for the final two dead rubbers of the season, as identical twins Nathan and Lewis Turner have been recalled by their parent club Leeds United.
With Leeds now safe in the Championship, new manager Brian McDermott is seeking to up the morale at the club, and has chosen to do so by staging an all-LUFC remake of the classic 1990s film The Parent Trap - a film in which two identical twins (both played by Lindsey Lohan) are raised separately, by one parent each, but meet in later life and begin to regularly swap places with each other in order to spend time with the parent they never got to meet.
Whilst Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge had designs on playing the Lohan role himself, McDermott has determined that production costs would be lowered by using actual identical twins, and has recalled the pair accordingly.
"I think they'll play the part admirably. It may even be more believable than the 90s version, because Lewis and Nathan actually look more like each other than Lindsey Lohan looks like herself," enthused McDermott.
Young is thought to be frustrated by the move, but accepts that these are the pitfalls of loan signings.
"The real blow is that I'd had the 'remake the Parent Trap' idea myself," lamented the Blue Chief. "Now I'm going to have to use Gary Powell and Jimmy Soul as the kids instead, and they only look a bit alike."
Their departure leaves under-fire manager Neil Young sweating on the last few games. After winning his third title in three years, Young showed himself to be a sentimental sort, allowing Iain Howard to play the last home game of the season against Solihull on Saturday, so that he could be brought off to a standing ovation in the second half. This led Deva Chatters who had begged for Howard's inclusion all season to berate the manager for playing fringe players and losing the club's unbeaten home record.
"I walked out in disgust before we were even presented with the trophy," raved Angry Blue. "I don't know why I even follow football, if the thought of winning trophies doesn't even get me going. I'm almost punishing myself aren't I? Maybe I should take up something else?"
With the Chester squad now shorn of two important players, Young has admitted to scrabbling around desperately trying to bolster the team before Halifax on Thursday.
"He's been going through the telephone directory, ringing all the Turners, hoping to track down Nathan and Lewis's mum so that he can ask if there's an unknown triplet who's slipped through the net," explained assistant manager Gary Jones. "He's been unsuccessful so far. At one point he rang Radio Merseyside reporter Neil Turner, and had to pretend like he'd meant it. Bit awkward, as Youngy can't resist giving an interview, so that was three hours out of his day."