TCS CHESTER Jets bid to bring more sporting glory to the city this weekend by emulating Chester City's championship winning achievement.

They go to the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham tomorrow to take on Brighton Bears in the semi-final of the BBL Championship Play-offs (3.30).

If they win they will meet London Towers or Sheffield Sharks in Sunday's final which is being screened live on Sky Sports with commentary on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra from 6pm.

Jets have been plagued by injuries in the second half of the season, but still retained the BBL Trophy and are eager to win the league's top prize for the second time.

But coach Paul Smith has slammed the decision to allow a banned Brighton Bears star off the hook so he can play against them tomorrow.

Rico Alderson had his appeal against suspension upheld by England Basketball after being ejected from Bears' BBL Championship clash with Leicester Riders on April 3, following an altercation with Leicester's Chris Webber.

The appeals panel deemed Alderson's offence was at 'the lower end of violent conduct, ie retaliation.' He has already missed a game against London Towers, but will now be able to line up against the Jets in tomorrow's clash.

Said Smith: 'I think it's ridiculous. It is a cop-out by England Basketball who don't want big players missing from the big occasions.

'But while I don't agree with the decision in principle, I am happy that Alderson is playing. If we beat them no-one could say it was only because Brighton were under-strength.

'The bottom line is that if you want to win a trophy you have to get past Brighton. They are the team of the year, there's no doubt about that.

'I think we match up to them pretty well and the key factor for us is to match their aggression and their team work. I am very confident and so are the players.

'Brighton are 3-2 up in head-to-heads this season, but when we have been at full-strength we have come out on top 2-1 and we beat them in the final of the BBL Trophy.'

Smith has had a low-key approach to the season's finale. He gave the players, now free of injuries, a long weekend off and Ryan Huntley, Mike Nurse, John McCord and Calvin Davis took advantage to have a break in Tenerife.

'It did them good.' said Smith. 'They have come back refreshed and ready to go. These players signed for Jets because they wanted to win trophies and they are all big-game players, as are James Hamilton and Billy Singleton.

'We've been building towards this for a month or two now. We've had a good focus on it and I think we're starting to come together.'

With the exception of London Towers, all the BBL semi-finalists have won a trophy this season. Towers' coach Robbie Peers, who guided Jets to a unique grand slam a couple of years ago, admits he feels the expectation weighing down on him to add Towers' name to that illustrious list.

'You are under pressure every day at the Towers,' he admitted. 'I was brought in to get Towers back to being the best team, so there is pressure there. I'm massively disappointed with this season.

'Obviously, if we did win the Play-offs it would make it a little better, but I didn't come into it to be scrapping and scraping.' The weekend action also includes EBL finals and tickets are available from the BBL on 0845 345 7890 or online at www.bbl.org.uk  

Prices are £20 for adults and £15 for children for a day ticket or £30 for adults and £22 for children for the weekend.