Chester FC boss Neil Young will ‘freshen up’ his side for Saturday’s derby at home to Vauxhall Motors (3pm) after being left furious by their lack of ‘bravery’ in the blood-and-thunder clash against 10-man Workington.
Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at a freezing Borough Park ensured the Blues maintained their 16-point lead at the top as Guiseley had to settle for a share of the spoils with Colwyn Bay.
The result also ensured the runaway leaders stretched their unbeaten Blue Square Bet North run to 22 matches, breaking the league record set by Eastwood Town two years ago.
Young, however, was unable to take comfort from those facts.
He called it the ‘worst performance of the season’ and indicated he will make changes for the meeting with Motors.
“Forgot the fact they had 10 men, I just thought we were so poor,” said Young, who felt fired-up Workington were unlucky to lose Lee Andrews to a fifth-minute sending off.
“How many times did we kick the ball out of play? They were closing us down and I said to the players at half time they had to be brave and get on the ball and pass it. But our passing was woeful.”
Bookmakers Blue Square Bet has declared it will pay out on all bets for Chester to win the championship.
But Young said: “It’s about promotional and commercial opportunities on their part. We know we’ve still got some big games ahead of us.”
The Blues host Gainsborough Trinity on Wednesday (7.45pm).
First up for Gainsborough is their FA Trophy semi-final second leg at home to Blue Square Bet Premier pacesetters Wrexham on Saturday.
Wrexham lead 3-1 from the first leg.