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Peers aims to put the record straight

HEAD coach Robbie Peers hopes to lead Chester Jets into new territory this weekend.

HEAD coach Robbie Peers hopes to lead Chester Jets into new territory this weekend.

Jets take on Brighton Bears in the National Cup at Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30pm), knowing victory will help them re-write the record books.

'As a club we have never won our first four matches of the season,' explained Peers. 'Last year, we won our first nine league games but got knocked out of the cup in the first round. And when we had an excellent team in 1996/97 we won our first three games but again fell at the first hurdle in the cup. Hopefully, we will be able to maintain our 100% record and break new ground.'

But Jets are sweating over the fitness of James Hamilton, who was taken to hospital after suffering concussion in last week's league win over Leicester Riders. The 6' 7² Michigan man has been named in the BBL's All-Star team for the past two seasons and Peers knows his absence would hit Jets hard.

'James is a big doubt. He suffered a split head and has problems with his neck. But he is receiving daily treatment and we will leave it as late as possible before deciding on the team.

'We have got our work cut out in any case. Brighton are a useful team with a talented coach in Nick Nurse. He is trying to prove a point this year after being, in my opinion, wrongly dismissed from London Towers at the end of last season. He has just signed a player I know well, Albert White, and Bears are flying at the moment after beating the Leopards last weekend.'

But Nurse also approaches the game with caution. He said: 'It's going to be tough. Chester are big, athletic and versatile. They have got what I would consider as three superstars of this league in Hamilton, Pero Cameron and John McCord and the two new guys aren't bad either!'

Whether Hamilton is fit or not, Peers is aiming to strengthen his squad and may even include a new face on Sunday.

'I'm trying to sign a player and he may be on board for Sunday, but if not he should be with us by next weekend at the latest. We're not getting carried away by our start. We know we have deficiencies in the team and it's up to me to try and do something about them.'

And Peers has called on the Jets supporters to continue their vocal backing.

'We're trying to be competitive and are aiming for success in all four competitions. I have to say the crowd have been fantastic in our first two home games and I cannot remember such superb support in all my time here.

'They have been like a sixth man to us and that kind of backing will be vital on Sunday.'


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