THERE'S no place like home to celebrate and the Deva Stadium is ready to party tomorrow!
No pressure, lads, but Chester City fans are going to turn up in droves expecting to win the Conference title in style with a victory over a Scarborough side playing its fourth match in eight days.
Even a draw tomorrow and a point at Hereford would clinch top spot and promotion, but no-one wants to receive the championship trophy at Edgar Street.
A delegation from the Conference, including Chester-based chairman Bill King, will be at the Deva ready to hand it to Paul Carden and his teammates if City win - a gesture which would cap a memorable campaign and finally end the admirable challenge of Hereford United, who have been worthy rivals all season.
Of course, no-one is contemplating failure at this late stage. It just isn't in the script. Chester City haven't buckled when the law of averages suggested they were due a setback and even without the Conference's top marksman, Daryl Clare, for compassionate reasons, they did what they had to do at Shrewsbury on Tuesday.
But the same could be said of Hereford who have won 10 matches in a row and go to relegated Leigh tomorrow seeking to extend that remarkable sequence. This is surely not the place to stumble to hand City the prize, whatever happens at the Deva.
This isn't in the script, either, but neither was Jimmy Glass's famous foray from goal to save Carlisle's skin a few years ago with one of the most unlikely and dramatic goals of all time.
City manager Mark Wright has played in too many big games to allow this occasion to get to him and he wasn't admitting to any nervous twitches.
He took the opportunity to watch Scarborough's 2-1 defeat at Telford on Wednesday and will be taking the Seadogs very seriously. 'Like many other teams in this division, Scarborough are capable of a big result on their day and they can certainly score goals,' he said.
'But we know what we have to do and we must be strong. The good thing is we have two bites of the cherry. Saturday is not do or die and we have two games to play well. But, obviously, we would like to win the title at home.
'No-one should discount Leigh getting a result against Hereford, but it is in our own hands.'
Wright's biggest worry has been the potential absence again of Clare, whose new baby son has been in intensive care with breathing difficulties.
Added Wright: 'There seems to have been some improvement but, at the moment, there can be no decisions about Daryl. It is up to him.'
Injury problems are also piling up and Phil Bolland, Paul Carden, Shaun Carey, Danny Collins and Kevin McIntyre are among those under treatment.
Wright was contemplating recalling striker Ian Foster from Kidderminster and defender Carl Ruffer from Droylsden as cover.
To add a little more spice, Darryn Stamp and keeper Andy Woods are former Scarborough players while the visitors are likely to have ex-City players Mark Quayle and Jimmy Kelly in their line-up, with skipper Kelly having completed a ban.
The South Terrace will again be available for home supporters tomorrow. Supporters are urged to arrive early and have the correct admission money available. West Stand patrons should use turnstile six.
Parking restrictions will be in place in Bumpers Lane and Sovereign Way.
Bookings for coaches to Hereford should be made by Tuesday at the latest by phoning Barrie Hipkiss on 01244 379011 between 6pm and 8pm. Coaches will leave the Deva Stadium at 11am and the cost is £10.
The player-of-the-year awards will be made at the first home match next season.
Chester City ISA hold their annual meeting at the Deva Stadium on Monday (7.30) when Stephen Vaughan will be guest speaker. The ISA will be selling flags before tomorrow's game.