CHESTER CITY'S scheduled Coca-Cola League Two match at Boston United last night was postponed because the York Street pitch was waterlogged.
The decision came in mid-afternoon and the City team had reached Uttoxeter when the call from Boston came through informing them that the game had been cancelled.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "It was disappointing, but we just have to put that disappointment behind us and now look forward to Saturday's home game against Leyton Orient."
The postponement gave City's leading scorer Ryan Lowe more time to recover from his groin strain. The 27-year-old didn't travel yesterday, but he should now be available for the weekend game against the promotion-chasing Londoners.
Chester will have some extra encouragement at the Deva Stadium on Saturday. The Widnes Vikings rugby league squad plus coach Steve McCormack are travelling over to watch the game.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan is a director of both clubs and as part of a reciprocal arrangement, Chester's players will travel to the Halton Stadium to give their backing to the Vikings team when they play their next home match a week on Sunday.
"Both Keith Curle and Steve McCormack have contacted each other, and next week we will spice up training a bit and hopefully make it a little more inter-esting," said Vaughan.
"The squads will join together early next week in a one-off exercise, and we will put the players through 45 minutes of football training, and then a further 45 minutes of rugby league training.
"It's been designed to make training a bit different for both clubs.
"Hopefully the players will respond well and find it different as well as rewarding for themselves."
Meanwhile, Chester have failed in their attempt to sign the former Middlesbrough defender Dean Gordon.
Because Gordon was only released by Blackpool on the last day of the transfer window, he can't re-sign for another club for at least 30 days.