The Witton Albion players will not have seen an away following like it this season.

But the sight of hundreds of Chester FC fans filling up the Wincham End in tomorrow's FA Trophy first-round tie will come as no surprise to Rob Hopley.

The Witton striker knows all about the magnificent backing Chester receive on the road.

Hopley was one of the reborn Blues' first signings in the heady summer of 2010 and he scored the club's first competitive goal since reforming in the historic 1-1 draw at Warrington Town.

Rob Hopley celebrates after writing his name into the Chester FC history books after scoring the club's first competitive goal in the draw at Warrignton Town

And the prolific non-league goalscorer, speaking to The Chronicle ahead of his reunion with his former club, said: "They were exciting times.

"Everybody was buzzing and I'll always remember that first game at Warrington. Everyone there seemed to be a Chester supporter and there was just an unbelievable atmosphere.

"It was the same for our first home midweek game, when Wildey (Michael Wilde) scored a hat-trick as we beat Trafford 6-0 . The crowd was immense.

"So there should be a really good atmosphere on Saturday. It's not too far away, so I imagine a lot will be coming over on the train, and it should make for a big crowd and, as I say, a really good atmosphere."

Rob Hopley (left) and Mark Connolly show off Chester FC's first ever kit

Hopley scored four goals in 17 appearances for the Blues, coming on in their famous 3-2 victory at Witton in October 2010, before he returned to Colwyn Bay in March 2011.

The 31-year-old said: "I really enjoyed it at Chester. I picked up an injury, which is why I went out on loan to Colwyn Bay, where I eventually stayed.

"I still get messages on Facebook and Twitter from Chester fans. It's good they took me to their heart and it was great to become the first goalscorer for the club.

"They went on to win three promotions, and are doing well again now, and I have just carried on doing what I do. I've got no regrets."

Rob Hopley celebrates one of his 100 goals for Colwyn Bay

Hopley went on to win his second promotion with Colwyn Bay and scored 100 goals in 270 games for the club before moving to Witton in November 2015.

The goals have continued to flow at Wincham Park with his equaliser in the midweek 4-2 home win over higher-league Boston United, which set up tomorrow's clash with the Blues, being his 15th in 22 matches so far this season.

Hopley has scored in every round of the 2016-17 FA Trophy, including in Witton's first round qualifying victory over Colwyn Bay, and he said: "We've been playing well this season, creating chances and scoring goals.

"Our confidence is up. There is a three-division gap between the clubs so we've got nothing to lose. Everyone will expect us to lose and Chester will be the ones under pressure.

"We've just got to give it a go and see what happens. If we could win or get a draw to force a replay that would be unbelievable."