LOSING to fellow title challengers Middlesbrough was a blow to Chester, but director of rugby Tim Doig reckons there were lessons to learn from the game as they prepare to face table-topping Morley at Hare Lane on Saturday (2.15pm).
“It was not our best performance,” said Doig, whose side are now one place behind Middlesbrough in fourth. “We do all we can to make sure travelling to away games cannot be used as an excuse for a poor performance, but I think on this occasion a few of the lads did suffer and we maybe need to have another look at how we deal with that.”
Doig has been impressed with the level of competition for places this season as Chester’s second string breathe down the necks of the firsts.
He hinted that some of those players who are pushing for a first-team opportunity may soon get their chance.
“One thing this club has lacked in the past is strength in depth, but now we have options,” said Doig.
“Morley will be a big strong outfit so I have had to think about increasing the weight of the side. James Wainwright hasn’t played this season but he can come in and do a job.
“There are also players in the seconds who have been in good form and may also be involved.
“The luxury is in having options. If we want to play expansive rugby, we have options, if we want to try to fight power with power, we have players to do that as well.”