I love a good stat - and this is a belter from club historian Chas Sumner...

The consistency in Jon McCarthy's team selection is mainly down to his side's form - they have lost none of those six matches Chas is talking about.

But it is also partly down to necessity with so many men out injured.

Blues boss McCarthy keeps his cards close to his chest when it comes to who is not available; not because he wants to hoodwink opponents.

It's more because he does not want to offer his players a ready-made excuse in the event they drop points; which, let's face it, they haven't done much lately.

But, in giving an update on the fitness of Liam Roberts, Theo Vassell, Evan Horwood, Ross Killock and James Akintunde, McCarthy has revealed he will soon have more bodies to choose from.

Jim Harvey sacked

We may soon be seeing Jim Harvey back down at the Deva after the former Chester City manager was sacked by Vanarama National League North strugglers Altrincham.

Harvey took over the Robins' reins only three months ago after replacing former Chester FC boss Neil Young in the Moss Lane hotseat.

But his contract has been terminated after losing nine of his 10 league games at the helm.

Harvey's assistant, former Chester City full-back Matt Doughty, has been placed in temporary charge.

Jim Harvey while as Chester City boss

Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley said: "In common with most people, we felt we had the right person with the right pedigree to take us forward when we appointed Jim as manager at the beginning of September.

"Unfortunately, it hasn't happened, and something had to be done. I accept he took on a very difficult task, but the plain fact is, three months down the line, there is no sign of progress, no sign we are at least heading in the right direction.

"Jim was very disappointed when I told him the news but, when action is needed, it has to be taken. We have been waiting for things to improve, and desperately hoping they might, but there is nothing to suggest our fortunes are about to take a turn for the better.

"There are no green shoots of recovery, which is the least you need to persevere with things as they are and give the manager more time. It hurts to say it, but we are drifting, and, as a board, we simply can't sit by and allow that to happen."

A night on Twitter awaits

Doughty's first match as the Robins' caretaker boss comes against Blyth Spartans in the FA Trophy tonight.

But it is another Trophy tie Blues fans will be scrolling down their Twitter timelines to keep an eye on.

Witton Albion welcome Boston United to Wincham Park for their twice-rearranged third round qualifying clash.

The winners are set to entertain Chester on Saturday.

But first things first...

... there is a massive cup tie for the Blues young guns.

Calum McIntyre's boys travel to Broxbourne Borough tomorrow night in the FA Youth Cup third round.

HERE is our preview.

Blues won't be bullied

The aim for the players in youth team manager McIntyre's squad is to follow in the footsteps of Sam Hughes and become a regular in the senior side.

Hughes has been watched by Championship clubs this season and could well be the subject of interest next month.

But Chester chief executive Mark Maguire insists the club will not be bullied should that happen.