CHESTER need to win at Middlesbrough tomorrow to retain their slender North One promotion hopes.
Defeat at home to Preston Grasshoppers a fortnight ago in their last league outing was a major blow, but they are still one of five realistic contenders to get to the National League.
'When we played Middlesbrough at home I thought their rugby belied their league position, so we are expecting a tough game, but we are confident of winning,' said director of rugby Steve Dorrington.
'We are still in with a shout and we still have two of our rivals, Hull and Hull Ionians to come at home, so we can do ourselves some big favours.'
Dorrington went to Humberside on Saturday to see Hull Ionians, who are at Hare Lane tomorrow week, beat Birkenhead Park.
'I didn't see anything to fear,' he said.
Chester will be without two of their regulars tomorrow. Schoolteacher Colin Ellis is away on school business and Paul Campbell is also unavailable, so Tom Reynolds comes in at scrum-half and Jonny Beckwith is recalled to the front row.
'Both players have been pushing hard with impressive performances in the seconds, so this is a chance to make an impression,' added Dorrington.