NEIL Young believes a first league success at fierce rivals Wrexham for 35 years would be the perfect way to kick-start Chester’s season.
After five straight defeats to start the Skrill Premier campaign the Blues boss would accept a win wherever it came.
But he knows how big a lift it would be if his struggling side were to take three points from Saturday’s all-ticket encounter at the Racecourse (1pm).
Young said: “I know how much it would mean to our supporters.
“But I have to look at the bigger picture as a manager and the most important thing is just to get three points as soon as possible and Wrexham happens to be our next game.
“Any win would do but in terms of getting the crowd even more on-side, getting them vibrant and even attracting more fans to our place, a first win of the season at the home of our local rivals would give everyone a massive boost.”
Saturday’s match is the first meeting between the clubs since September 2009. That means it will be Young’s first experience of one of the most hostile derbies in British football.
“The first week I came here three years ago it was drilled into me we just had to get back playing Wrexham,” said the treble title-winning manager.
“I’m told it’s different to most derbies and I remember a comment Lee Dixon made that of all the derbies he played in – and he’ll have played in some massive North London derbies – that Chester v Wrexham was unbelievable.
“I’m looking forward to it, the atmosphere and the game itself.”
The Blues will be underdogs against a Dragons side who for the past three seasons have made the play-offs.
But Andy Morrell’s men have not won since the opening day and Young is refusing to rule out a first Chester league win at the Racecourse since 1978 – if his players keep their discipline. He said: “We won’t get three points with 10 men.”
Wrexham’s former Chester City midfielder Jay Harris will miss the match through suspension. But the Dragons line-up is expected to contain another Blues old boy, Neil Ashton.
Young is in advanced talks with a vastly experienced defender who has made more than 350 professional appearances.
Young, who has listed Jason Jarrett and Marc Williams for loan, hopes to conclude the deal in time for the player to make his debut on Saturday.
Chester have around 400 tickets remaining for the derby. Final sales from the Deva Stadium ticket office is 4pm today.