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Trio roped in for Dover cliffhanger

CHESTER could have three new signings in tomorrow's Nationwide Conference basement battle at Dover Athletic.

CHESTER could have three new signings in tomorrow's Nationwide Conference basement battle at Dover Athletic.

Midfielder Paul Carden is set to return to the club after a brief spell at Doncaster Rovers and Gary Williams and Alex Higgins look to be lining up for their Conference debuts.

Chester faxed Doncaster an offer for Carden on Wednesday night and were optimistic it would be accepted in time for him to travel to Kent this morning.

Striker Williams scored for City at the start of his month's loan from Accrington Stanley in the Conference Championship Shield game at Rushden and Diamonds, and with Mark Beesley suspended will definitely start at Dover.

While Higgins looks certain to travel today if he agrees to sign non-contract forms.

Higgins, 21, was first spotted by City manager Steve Mungall two years ago when he was at Sheffield Wednesday. A left-sided midfielder, he moved on to QPR, but has been playing in Holland recently.

He made an appearance for the reserves in a 5-1 win over Bamber Bridge on Wednesday.

'He did well,' said Mungall. 'He is a good passer and if you can do that you have a good chance of making it.'

Joining Beesley under suspension is Chris Blackburn, while Jimmy Haarhoff is doubtful with a groin injury and Michael O'Brien (sciatica) has only a 50-50 chance of being fit.

Defender Michael Rose suffered a slight groin strain in training this week and faces a late fitness test.

* City are hoping to hear today that they can keep loan signing Chris O'Brien from Liverpool until the end of the season.

* Former Tranmere Rovers chairman Fred Williams is back in football as a director of Chester City.

A Tranmere fan since he was a boy, Williams, who ran four companies in the construction and heating and ventilation business before his retirement, was chairman at Prenton Park for 12 months after being a board member for 20 years.

He left Prenton Park in October 1999 following a boardroom bust-up and hasn't been back since.

* Chester's Conference home match against Morecambe, scheduled for February 16, has been brought forward to Saturday, December 8 (3pm).

* Stephen Vaughan will be the guest speaker at a members' meeting of the Chester City Supporters Trust at the Deva Stadium next Thursday, at 7.30pm, and Steve Mungall will speak to Chester City ISA members at the Mail Club, Station Road, Chester on Monday (7.30).

* Chester City have received, via The Chronicle, an anonymous donation. The club would like to formally thank the donor who is invited to phone 01244 371376.


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