NEIL Young is asking Chester FC’s travelling army of fans to crank up the volume for the club’s historic comeback match at Warrington Town.
Tuesday’s Evo-Stik League clash – Chester’s first competitive game since rising from the ashes earlier this year – has generated huge interest, with 1,200 Blues supporters expected to make the 50-mile round trip to Cantilever Park.
Home fans will be outnumbered 12 to one – something Chester manager Young thinks can work massively in his team’s favour.
He said: “If we can get the fans as loud as possible, that’s the main aim. We want to make the noise as intimidating as possible for the home team, and it will give our lads a lift too.
“The supporters can be a 12th man for us. Expectation is high but we’ve just got to concentrate on what we need to do to win the game.”
The capacity for Tuesday’s match has been set at 1,500 and Chester quickly sold out their initial allocation of 1,000 tickets.
A second batch of 200 tickets will go on sale at the Deva Stadium this morning and is expected to be snapped up by the end of the day.
Warrington, who had an average home attendance of 164 last season, are likely to have about 300 fans in the ground.
With Chester’s pre-season programme now complete, Young intends to take advantage of a ‘blank’ weekend for his side by travelling to watch Warrington’s opening Division One North match at Ossett Albion this Saturday.
His selection options for next Tuesday’s game are strong, with defender Carl Ruffer (calf) and midfielder Danny Mahoney (back) the only players ruled out by injury.
The Chester manager will include Nick Rogan in his squad after luring the striker to the Deva on a month’s loan from Fleetwood Town this week.
The Blackpool-born 26-year- old was a member of the Fleetwood side which won promotion to the Conference last season.
He also helped Barrow to glory in the Blue Square North play-off final last year and spent a spell on loan with Vauxhall Motors in 2008.
The remaining 200 tickets for the Warrington game go on sale at the Deva Stadium today (10am-4pm). They will also be available tomorrow, if there are any left, from 10am-4pm.
Tickets are £7 each, with no concession prices. Fans are allowed to buy a maximum of four per person.
Kick-off next Tuesday is 7.45pm and no fans without a ticket will be allowed in on the day.
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