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Jets fly north to defend record

HIGH-flying Chester Jets expect to encounter some turbulence when they travel north tomorrow to tackle Newcastle Eagles.

HIGH-flying Chester Jets expect to encounter some turbulence when they travel north tomorrow to tackle Newcastle Eagles.

Both clubs boast 100% records in the British League this season and Jets' head coach Robbie Peers has the highest regard for the team whose defeat he masterminded in the final of the uniball trophy last season.

'Newcastle are one of the top four clubs in the league and our performance will show us where we are,' he said.

'I have great respect for their coach, they have some new players and have ambitions to be the top club in this country. This is also their first home game of the season, so they will be keen to do well. I am looking forward to it.'

The two clubs clash again in Coventry next week in the quarter-finals of the National Cup and Peers admitted that is the match which means more to him.

'Obviously, I want to win both games, but if I could have one or the other it would be the cup match. Victory would put us in the semi-finals and I really want to win something again this season.'

Chester made progress in the competition by beating Brighton Bears at the Northgate Arena on Sunday with what Peers described as their best performance of the season.

The match was the debut of David Langrell, a New Zealander snapped up from Irish club Neptune. Because his mother is British he doesn't count as an overseas player.

'David gave us better balance and defensively we looked a lot stronger. I was very pleased,' said Peers.

The arrival of Langrell has indirectly marked the end of Mark Ogley's career with the Jets. 'I couldn't promise Mark any court time and he said he couldn't commit himself to us under those circumstances,' explained Peers.'I appreciate what he has done for the club since he has been with us.'

And another Chester stalwart is on his way out. Policeman Dave Gardner is no longer considered a member of the first-team squad because of pressure of work.

Added Peers: 'Dave has a new shift pattern at work and it has been difficult for him to work around it. He will no longer be training with us, but he will try to make himself available as cover.'

* Jets will be back in action at the Northgate Arena on Sunday when they hope to complete a league double over Derby Storm, who have yet to win in the league this season. Tip-off is at 5.30pm.


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