NEIL Young won’t be fooled by Chasetown’s lowly league position when Chester FC head to the Scholars Ground this Saturday – because he knows they are a ‘funny old team’ capable of upsetting the best sides in the division.
Chasetown lie 16th in the table and have not played for a fortnight due to the cold snap.
They endured a miserable January – taking just a point from four matches – but were in inspired form during December, claiming three wins in a row, including a 1-0 success at high-flying Hednesford Town.
Blues boss Young is not quite sure which Chasetown side will show up on Saturday.
“They’re a funny old team,” he said. “They went to Hednesford and won.
“I’m sure their manager wants a fresh start and who better to have a fresh start against than the league leaders?
“But if we play like we can do, and convert more of the chances we’re creating, we’ll be OK.”
Young saw his side go six points clear at the top of the table on Saturday, as the only match in the division which survived the cold snap was Chester’s 2-0 home win over Stafford Rangers.
The Blues boss admits to being ‘happier than the 21 teams below us’ but knows there could be plenty of twists and turns ahead in the race for the championship.
He has lost keeper John Danby (broken finger) to a potentially season-ending injury, so Adam Judge will come in for his first league start of the season against the Scholars.
Judge was given a 90-minute run-out in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Exacta Stadium on Tuesday. A Blues line-up featuring a mixture of established first-team players and youngsters ran out 2-1 winners over West Cheshire League side Christleton.
The goals were scored by Wes Baynes and Michael Wilde, who was nursing a tight groin afterwards and may have to have his fitness assessed before the weekend.
Chester’s match at Chorley has been rearranged for a second time.
The game fell victim to the frost earlier this month and was switched to Saturday, March 10.
However, the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League received advice that policing would not be available for the new date so the fixture – which was marred by crowd trouble last season – will now be played on Wednesday, April 18 (7.45pm).