ASHLEY Williams will be handed the chance to revive his Chester career in Saturday’s daunting trip to Kidderminster Harriers (3pm) – as boss Neil Young wants his team to get ‘horrible’.
The tigerish midfielder has yet to feature so far this season after turning down the opportunity to leave the club in the summer.
But there is every chance he could be thrown straight into the starting line-up for the clash with Steve Burr’s Harriers.
Fans’ favourite Williams impressed in a behind-closed-doors encounter with a Burnley XI on Tuesday – and he is just the type of player Young believes his struggling side will need at Aggborough against last season’s Skrill Premier runners-up.
The Blues boss said: “Steve Burr has done a fantastic job there and some of the football they play is a privilege to watch.
“But what we’ve got to do is get in their faces and get the horrible side of us back. I’m not talking petty fouls, I mean stopping teams playing.
“People will be given opportunities. Ashley Williams will be part of the squad along with other lads who have had to wait to get their chance and who’ll have a point to prove.
“Hopefully they’ll go out there and say to me, ‘what have I been doing sitting here’, and ram the words down my throat.
“We’ve got to show a desire and a hunger because if we don’t they’ve got the players to pull us to pieces.
“They’ve got some fantastic players but then so have we and if we can get about them for 90 minutes we can cause them problems.
“But at the moment I don’t see a tempo to us. We need to get that drive and hunger back.”
Young pulled no punches after Chester went down to a desperately disappointing 2-0 home loss to Woking last weekend – a loss which continued their pointless and goalless start to the campaign.
He felt certain players, who he refused to name publicly, did not show enough effort.
What he will make public, however, is that no player is currently guaranteed a place in his starting line-up.
“Whereas in previous seasons you could probably name three, four, five, six or seven players who would have their names on the team-sheet – last year there was John Danby, George Horan, Antoni Sarcevic, Danny Williams, and before that Michael Wilde, Iain Howard and George again – but at the moment I’ve got a blank sheet of paper,” said Young.
“People can sulk and wonder why they’ve been subbed or wonder why they’ve not been playing but to them I’d say – ‘there’s a blank sheet of paper, now go and put your name on it, and don’t let me leave you out’.”
Young hopes to make up to three signings before Saturday’s match to boost a squad he feels remains good enough to compete in the non-league top flight.
Young, who will have Michael Kay back from suspension, said: “If somebody tells me we’ve not got a good group of players, for where we are as a part-time club in the Conference, then they are wrong.
“But at the end of the day they have to go out there and produce. At the moment that’s not happening, although I do believe that a lot of it is down to confidence.”
The Blues host Forest Green Rovers on Monday (3pm).