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Chester FC have enough experience in their squad to compete in this year's National League, says Jon McCarthy.
Following Chester's bitterly disappointing 3-0 opening day defeat at Gateshead on Saturday the Blues boss was quizzed on whether there were enough older heads with experience under their belts given the youthful look of this season's squad.
Jon Worsnop (33) and Evan Horwood (30) are the only two members of the Chester squad in their 30s and neither featured on Saturday with midfielder Tom Shaw by far and away the most experienced in the side at the age of 29.
But McCarthy believes that there is enough experience to see Chester right this season, especially when Horwood, ruled out with a hamstring injury at Gateshead, returns to the fold.
"I have more than we had last year," said McCarthy.
"The way that we are as a club means that we aren't going have as much experience but I'm happy with the experience I've.
"Evan Horwood was a miss for us. But there is when we get everybody available."
"I'm really happy with the squad but you have got to find a balance that can win you games."