NATIONWIDE Conference leaders Chester City are to appeal against the dismissal of wing-back Kevin McIntyre, controversially sent off in Tuesday night's 4-2 win over Aldershot Town at the Deva Stadium.

McIntyre was ordered off towards the end of the game, following an incident with the visitors' Dean Hooper.

The Aldershot player theatrically fell to the ground after the incident, implying he had been butted by the ex-Tranmere Rovers defender. Hooper was also red-carded after the incident.

City manager Mark Wright claimed last night: "There was no contact at all between the players, and for a fellow professional to feign that sort of injury against another pro, just isn't on.

"I spoke to two of the Aldershot back room staff and they are prepared to back us with our appeal."

Meanwhile, Chester have made more space available for their supporters at the Deva Stadium for the remaining two home games of the season.

City have received permission to turn over the South Terrace area - which accommodates 1,250 - normally occupied by visiting supporters to home fans for Saturday's televised game against Exeter City and the Scarborough match a week later.

City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "Our crowd have been magnificent in recent weeks, and their encouragement has been a factor in our success. We have involved ourselves in a few initiatives, which have seen us involving different sections of the community and it is paying dividends.

"This season has been a great experience, and the way the management and players have responded to the challenge has been magnificent. This latest initiative will hopefully see more and more people from the area coming to the Deva Stadium, to witness what hopefully will be our final push towards promotion," added Vaughan.

Away supporters will be accommodated in the corner seating area, adjacent to the South Terrace.