When it comes to this weekend's FA Cup clash it won't just be Southport manager Steve Burr who has had a foot in both camps.

Chester FC captain Luke George signed for the Blues, then under, Burr, last summer from the Sandgrounders.

George had, too, been captain at Haig Avenue and will come up against his former club and manager when the two teams meet in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday but admits that it was the only draw he envisaged.

"Before the draw I said that it was nailed on that we would get Southport but it is exciting," said George, who has battled back to first-team action recently following injury.

"It is a little break from the league and we have been on a great run so it has come at a good time for us and gives us something a little bit different to look forward to.

"And obviously with the gaffer being so close to Steve there is a good little edge to it and it will make it more exciting."

The two sides couldn't have more contrasting form heading into this weekend's clash.

Chester are flying under boss Jon McCarthy and are four points off the play-off places following five wins and two draws in their last seven games. All without conceding a goal.

Southport, meanwhile, are struggling in the National League.

They sit rock bottom of the division having lost their last three league games and have failed to improve under Burr, who was appointed as the successor to Andy Bishop last month.

Luke George playing for Southport against Tamworth in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round in October 2014
Luke George playing for Southport against Tamworth in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round in October 2014

But George knows that the FA Cup can prove a great leveller and that often the form guide can go out of the window.

"The FA Cup brings something a little bit different and I think form goes out of the window and I don't think Steve (Burr) will be too concerned about our run," said the Chester skipper.

"It's a knockout game and the magic of the cup means it doesn't matter how you go into the games.

"But we will be going into that game all guns blazing and trying to get into that next round.

"The atmosphere around the place is second to none and I haven't been involved with something like this for a long time. That is because of everyone, from the gaffer all the way down to the backroom staff.

"We always believed from day one. We have never doubted ourselves.

"It is getting better and going there Saturday and getting in to the next round of the FA Cup will only make it even better."