THE Chester City manager Ian Rush will today finalise his team's preparations for tomorrow's FA Cup first round tie at Conference North side Stafford Rangers.
Rush had an excellent record as a player in the FA Cup, but tomorrow's game will be his first in the competition as a club manager. "We are extremely keen to do well in this competition," said Rush.
"I enjoyed my playing experiences in the FA Cup and I hope my players will get the same enjoyment. But like everything in football, success only comes with hard work and the correct mental attitude.
"Stafford will be keen to take our scalp, so we have been instilling into the players that they must approach the game in the correct manner mentally.
"My hope is that we can beat Stafford, and then progress through the second round on to the third and of course draw a big club, but that's everybody's dream at this stage."
City's only absentee for tomorrow's game is leading scoring Michael Branch, who is ruled out for another five weeks with an ankle injury sustained in training.
Northampton Town, Hartlepool United, and Lincoln City are the latest clubs to show interest in City's Daryl Clare.
The 26-year-old striker, the club's top scorer last season, is out of contract at the end of this campaign.
Already this week, the player has been the target of approaches from Carlisle United and Boston United.
Meanwhile Chester City Youth side beat Whitely Bay Youth in the first round of the FA Youth Cup last night to progress to the second round.
* WREXHAM manager Denis Smith has accused Chester City of making an illegal approach for Steve Roberts and Hector Sam.
Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan said he sent a fax last week putting in an offer to the stricken League One club for the Dragons duo.
But yesterday Smith was livid at the approach and warned Chester City they would need to lodge a bid for a £250,000 plus to tempt Wrexham to part with any player.