Lions Start 2018 At Home To Chester

Match sponsored by RPC UK

Segregation is in place for this fixture with Chester fans having the Railway End and second seated stand of the ground entering via turnstiles 7 & 8.

2018 starts at Nethermoor with a visit from Chester on New Years Day, kick-off is at 3pm. 

The visitors will be looking for revenge after our 2-0 win at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Boxing Day, they are however without an away league win since August.

Their home fixture with Hartlepool United on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch whereas the Lions travelled to Tranmere and lost 4-0 with all the goals coming in the final 25 minutes of the match.

Paul Cox picked a much changed line-up for the fixture at Prenton Park ahead of a busy period of games.

Chester haven’t been in the best of form lately having lost 4-0 at FC Halifax Town but did defeat Solihull Moors 1-0 and secured progression in the Buildbase FA Trophy with victory on penalties over AFC Fylde.

Following Saturday’s defeat Lions boss Paul Cox said “The game has changed around 60 minutes, I had to make changes because of the two games in three days. For 60 minutes I don’t think there was much in it against the best team we have played since I have been here.”

However Paul was frustrated with the way the goals were conceded “The disappointing thing about the day was the way we lost concentration after 60 minutes, we lost our shape and cohesive unit a bit, then you become open and wide and they pick you off, like they have done with a lot of teams this year. ”

“It’s tough because of the changes we have made when looking at the bigger picture, especially with Chester’s game being called off.”

Looking ahead the boss insisted “We’ve got to get ourselves right for a big game on New Year’s Day.”

“We want to give ourselves the best possible chance for New Year’s Day. They are going to be fresh, we have given one or two a bit of game time that we hope will not affect them.”

Following the festive fixtures Cox was grateful to the supporters “Our supporters haven’t had much to cheer about for the last two or three seasons, they are a million percent behind what we are trying to achieve here, to come and support us as they have done when things haven’t been going right as late is superb.

“I go back to the Ebbsfleet game, the support they have shown myself and the players is very very humbling, we want to repay that by giving them a massive smile and giving them something to cheer about in the future.”

Tickets are available to buy online or at the turnstiles.

Half-Season Tickets are still available online and will be valid for all our remaining home league fixtures this season.