CHESTER still believe they can win promotion from North One despite their 34-10 defeat at leaders Hull last Saturday.
It was a big blow to the Hare Lane outfit as Hull chalked up their 37th consecutive home victory, but director of rugby Steve Dorrington remains upbeat.
'I don't think any club will go through the season unbeaten and the promoted clubs may even have to lose as many as four games,' he said.
'We played well for 29 minutes at Hull, who are a very good side. We had enough possession and territory to have won but they defended extremely well.
'There are still a lot of points to play for and the leading clubs have still to come to Chester.'
Dorrington added: 'We have been working on our deficiencies in training this week and I am still happy we have the players to get us out of this league.
Chester are on the road again tomorrow when they make the short trip to Liverpool-St Helens and welcome back Simon Verbickas, who was sorely missed at Hull.
But they will be without Steve Burke, who has a groin injury, and Jason Goulding with a shoulder problem.
'Simon was a huge loss at Hull,' admitted Dorrington.
'He runs the game so well from the back, so it will be great to have him back in what will be a testing game for us.
'Liverpool St Helens had a poor start to the season but they have improved. They haven't got it together yet but I am expecting them to be aggressive.'