FC Halifax Town have Richard Peniket and Jamie Jackson pushing for starts in today’s eagerly-anticipated clash with Chester at the Deva Stadium.
Neil Aspin’s side are bidding to maintain a perfect start to the Vanarama Conference campaign following wins against Dover, Southport and Welling which have made them leaders at this early stage.
Chester lost their first two games, but they have the likes of former Scotland international Chris Iwelumo and John Rooney (brother of Wayne) in their line-up and Shay boss Aspin is gearing for a battle.
“I’m expecting just as I always expect at Chester, for it to be a difficult game and a competitive game,” said Aspin.
“I think it’ll be exactly the same, both teams will be competitive and obviously both teams will do their best to get a result.
“We always take a good number of away supporters to Chester and that creates a great atmosphere, and you see a very competitive game on the pitch as a result of that.
“Chester will no doubt fancy their chances having had a good win away at Braintree on Saturday, and I don’t think they probably consider us to be a team that will challenge at the top end of the table – so I don’t see them being afraid to attack us.
“There’s always a good crowd down there, and good atmosphere like I say, so they’ll not be fearing us and it’s nicely set up to be a good, competitive game.”