Chester FC defender Ryan Higgins hopes his performance at the weekend is a sign of things to come over the back half of the campaign.

The 21-year-old's form this term has not matched up to last season's but he turned in an outstanding display in the 4-1 win over Torquay United on Saturday.

Had it not been for Ross Hannah's hat-trick, the attacking full-back would have been man of the match as he charged up the right flank time and time again and netted the second goal.

It was a hugely encouraging display and Higgins, who moved to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium 12 months ago from AFC Telford United, wants to kick on from that and chip in with a few more goals having opened his account for the season.

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He told the club's official website: "I like to cut in. I’ve done it a few times this season and they’ve been rash and wayward, but I know I can do that and I’ve got a good enough left foot. I hit one like that last season, but this year I want to hit four or five goals maybe.

"I’m looking for a good second half to the season and press on and play as well as I did on Saturday.

"Going three at the back, we used our strengths going forward, we pressed and there wasn’t a single part of the field we didn’t dominate.

"With a game like Saturday’s, you don’t want them to end. We were playing well and playing like how we know we can play.

"We’re confident we can dominate games. We’re looking forward to the Christmas period."

Ryan Higgins carries the ball forward in the defeat to Lincoln earlier in the season
Ryan Higgins carries the ball forward in the defeat to Lincoln earlier in the season

Chester head into Christmas sitting 14th in the National League but with three matches in the next week know two wins would probably take them into the top half.

That's a big incentive for the squad ahead of two games with Altrincham and one with Macclesfiled Town.

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Higgins said: "The games are going to come thick and fast over the Christmas period, but the lads are confident we can take maximum points from the games.

"The Telford win lifted spirits a bit, but the Torquay game put the confidence back in the dressing room and the spirits are high.

"If we can get a winning streak together, it shoots you right up the table. We can be jumping up there."