THE race for play-off placings in Coca-Cola League Two is gradually hotting up, and with 16 games left to play, the Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan is relishing the challenge.
City are currently nine points away from the final play-off spot, but with 48 points still on offer to his club, Vaughan is confident that Chester can attain one of the four end of season play-off placings.
He said: “While we respect everybody in our division, we certainly don’t fear anyone, and I am sure that we can reach the play-off competition in May.
He added: “We have a game in hand on the teams who currently occupy the play-off places, and I am confident that we can break our way into the top seven in our division.
“We have sold two of our strikers in the past couple of weeks, but already we have utilised the money we received for Greg Blundell to finance the transfer of Simon Yeo from Peterborough United, and I will continue to finance our push for the promotion prize.”
Chester received a six-figure sum from Ipswich Town when they transferred Jon Walters last month, but Vaughan is determined that the money won’t stay in the club’s bank account. It will be invested in the club’s push towards League One.
“We couldn’t stand in Jon’s way, the move to Ipswich was a great opportunity for him and we obviously appreciated that,” he explained.
“However, we will invest that money in further boosting our squad. The transfer window is closed but we have made enquiries about bringing players into the club on loan, and there could well be developments in the next week or so.”
It is understood that one of City’s targets is the Carlisle United striker Denis Holmes. Chester tries to sign the 28-year-old player on a permanent basis last week, but the deal floundered because of personal terms.
Meanwhile City midfielder Jamie Hand has received a two-match ban afer picking up his 10th booking of the season during the game at Accrington Stanley last weekend. Hand will miss next Saturday’s home game against Hereford United and the derby match at Wrexham eight days later.
CHESTER CITY’S Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final against Cammell Laird was abandoned at half-time last night due to frost.
City led 1-0 before the game was called off. It will now be rescheduled for a later date.