MARK Wright is wrestling with a 'youth versus experience' dilemma as Chester City prepare to do battle with derby rivals Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.
The City manager yesterday hinted that he could put his faith in the club's young stars for the Saunders Honda Stadium clash, rather than pick the senior players who let him down so badly at Stockport on Monday.
Wright knows the red-hot atmosphere of Sunday's clash with the Shrews might not be the ideal environment for the likes of Chris Holroyd, Paul Rutherford and James Vaughan to flourish.
But their recent performances for the first team have presented the Chester boss with an interesting selection poser.
He said: 'Every game is something to look forward to and we just hope there is going to be a big crowd to get behind the youngsters we probably intend to play.
'The game against Stockport was a disappointment. I didn't think they were any great shakes at all.
'I thought some of the senior players were poor and I think as soon as the kids went on we looked bright, lively and at it.'
Wright added: 'Every time we've used them, they have not let us down.They've gone out, been fully committed, they want to get at people and play football the right way. Some other people in this squad want to take a real good look at themselves about how they're looking at the game.'
When the Blues take on Shrewsbury on Sunday, it will be the first time the sides have met since they crossed swords in a fiery match at Gay Meadow in November.
Both Chester and the Shrews were disciplined by the FA for two mass brawls that broke out towards the end of the game, which saw the hosts claim a narrow 2-1 win.
Shrewsbury's squad is packed with Chester old boys, including four players - Ben Davies, Stewart Drummond, Derek Asamoah and Chris MacKenzie - who helped the club beat the drop last season.
Wright said: ''MacKenzie, Drummond, Davies and Asamoah are all people we tried to sign back on but we couldn't compete with the wages they'd been offered. All four were players we were planning on keeping and building a round.'
Davies in particular can expect to be given a rough ride by the City faithful. He promised that he would not sign for a rival League Two club when he made up his mind to leave the Blues last summer - but joined the Shrews weeks later.
Wright explained: 'He said to the chairman if you can give me X amount I'll stay. The chairman offered him it and he still went, so that was a pretty poor show.'
* Fans will be able to nominate their Chester City player of the season and away player of the season at Sunday's game. Forms will be given out at the turnstiles and can be handed in to stewards.
The winning players will be presented with their awards before the home match against Peterborough on Saturday, April 28.