CHESTER City have made a double swoop in the transfer market as they bid for an unlikely hat-trick of League Two wins tomorrow.
Manager Ian Rush returned to Anfield yesterday to snap up exciting quickfire left-winger Robbie Foy on a month's loan. Joining the 19-year-old Scottish U21 international in the squad for tomorrow's visit of leaders Yeovil Town will be big midfielder Ashley Sestanovich who has been signed on a contract until the end of the season from Sheffield United.
The arrival of the pair follows the decision to allow Ian Hillier and David Bayliss to return to Luton Town after a two-month loan spell.
Edinburgh-born Foy is a winger in the traditional Scottish mould, whose only first team selection by Liverpool was as a substitute in the Carling Cup quarter-final at Tottenham last December.
'Robbie is quick, likes to attack people and support the front two, but he also chips in his fair share of goals,' said Rush, who has been an admirer of the youngster for some time.
Sestanovich, a 6ft 3ins Londoner, failed to get into the first team at Sheffield United after signing for the Blades for £10,000 from Hampton and Richmond Borough, in May 2003.
He had recently returned to Bramall Lane after a spell on loan at Grimsby Town where he made 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals. He also had an extended loan at Scarborough.
'He is a big, powerful player with experience at this level. He played against us for Grimsby and did very well,' added Rush.
Both players will be in the squad tomorrow with Sestanovich, who hasn't played for a month, likely to be on the bench.
Rush's final selection will depend on Michael Branch who has only a 50-50 chance of playing after limping out of last Saturday's game against Kidderminster with a ham-string injury.
'With three games in the next eight days it may be better to leave him out on Saturday in the hope he can be available for the next two games,' said the City boss. 'I don't want to risk having him injured for four weeks.'
Rush has also been in touch with Tranmere Rovers about midfielder David Beresford who has been unable to command a regular first team place in League One.
But Rovers' boss Brian Little is thought to be reluctant to let him go while Tranmere are still in a promotion battle.
Chester's back-to-back wins against Rushden & Diamonds and Kidderminster have eased the pressure at the Saunders Honda Stadium and Rush is looking forward to tomorrow's challenge.
'Yeovil are the best team in the division and will probably be promoted,' added Rush. 'But they have lost seven games away from home and they concede goals, so we are not without a chance. It will be a massive test for us.'
Yeovil top scorer Phil Jevons was the subject of a failed bid from Chester recently and he is currently enjoying a rich vein of form, having scored a hat-trick last Saturday to take him to 23 goals in 37 games.
Alongside him is another dangerous player, 6ft 4ins Bartosz Tarachulski who has hit 12 goals in 27 games since arriving from Poland.
There will also be great interest among City fans in the expected return of defender Scott Guyett, who was on the bench in last Saturday's 4-2 win against Bristol Rovers.
Chester are in League Two action again next Tuesday at Grimsby Town (7.45pm).
Chester will receive 1,800 tickets for their league game at Wycombe Wanderers, on March 12, when all supporters will be admitted free. Wycombe hope to fill their ground as Brentford did with a similar venture in 2001.
'We wish to create such an atmosphere that all who attend will want to come back and support the club time and time again,' said a spokesman.
Chester reserves beat Wrexham 1-0 on Wednesday in a Pontin's Holidays League game with an 86th minute goal from Ian Lathom.