CHESTER CITY will be aiming to bounce back from their narrow weekend setback and record a victory in tonight’s rearranged Coca-Cola League Two match against Hereford United at the Deva Stadium.
City lost 1-0 at high-flying Swindon Town on Saturday and were hoping to bring in one or two loan signings yesterday to boost their squad.
However, it is unlikely that they will be able to complete any temporary transfers prior to this evening’s game, which Chester managerMark Wright expects to be tough.
He said: “They are a well organised side and have been gaining some good results of late. Defensively Hereford are well organised so we know that they will be hard to break down.
“We have been working hard to bring in reinforcements to our squad, but at this time of the season it is always difficult to bring in the sort of quality you need.”
City are hopeful that striker Lee Steele will be fit for this evening’s game. The ex-Leyton Orient player missed Saturday’s match at Swindon because of a thigh injury.
Meanwhile, Chester have awarded a testimonial to former player and current assistant manager Graham Barrow.
The 52-year-old Lancastrian turned down the opportunity to become number two to Swansea City’s new manager Roberto Martinez on Sunday.
Chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: “This is a well deserved accolade and we have awarded Graham this testimonial as a thank you for the service he has given to the club as a player, manager and assistant manager.”
It is expected that Barrow’s testimonial celebrations will include a sportsman’s dinner and a match against a Premier League side, which will be played in the summer.
Chester’s youth team reached the area final of the FA Youth Alliance Cup at the weekend. Goals from Paul McManus, Sean Newton and Dave McGill earned the youngsters a 3-2 win against Port Vale.
CHESTER CITY (from): Danby, Palethorpe, Marples, Artell, Bolland, Linwood, Allen, Sandwith, Bennett, Hessey, Hand, Kearney, Wilson, Cronin, Rutherford, Meechan, Yeo, Steele, Holroyd.