21/22 Match Preview: Chester

The Lions are back at Nethermoor on Saturday as Chester visit LS20 ahead of four successive away games in the space of 10 days.

Match sponsored by: Pickerings Lifts

Segregation will be in place with Chester fans allocated the JM Glendinning seated stand and uncovered Railway End of the ground with entry via turnstiles 5-8.

Tickets for home fans can be purchased online in advance here and for away fans here. It is recommended to purchase online in advance to reduce queuing on the day, tickets will also be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes, food and drink and 50/50 cash draw tickets.

National Lottery players can bring a friend for free on Saturday but must purchase or collect their ticket in advance to qualify for this offer. The Club Shop will be open from 11am to 1pm on Saturday with the full details here. You must be 18 or over to collect/purchase a ticket and bring with you a National Lottery scratchcard or ticket.

Previous Meetings

The Lions travelled to Chester in November and earned a 1-0 win under the lights at the Deva Stadium. Lewis Hey struck the only goal in the second half and following the defeat Chester parted company with Joint Managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley before appointing Steve Watson as their new boss.

The Lions’ Form Book

The Lions have secured a draw and a win in the last two matches on home soil but have picked up just 10 points in as many games going into the last fixture of the month.

Goals have been a problem all season, Russ O’Neill and Marcus Bignot’s side have found the net just 24 times in 31 matches so far this campaign.

Marcus Bignot will be looking to complete the double over his former club.

A Look At Chester

Chester have dropped into the relegation picture after a run of eight defeats in 10 matches over January and into early March but are currently on a three game unbeaten streak.

They surrendered a 3-1 lead on the road at Gloucester on Tuesday night having held a two goal advantage until the 80th minute. The Seals have struggled on the road this season securing just two wins and three draws from 16 matches.

They name former Lion Anthony Dudley within their ranks.

A Look At The Lions

The Lions saw Kaine Felix and Prince Ekpolo return to the side on Tuesday night but were still without a number of players.

Scott McLean, Adam Haw, Jamie Spencer, Lewis Hey, Shaun Tuton and Bailey Thompson all missed the match through injury and illness .

Josh Stones won’t as he is on international duty representing England Schoolboys in the Centenary Shield.

What Are They Saying?

Speaking after Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with AFC Telford United Russ O’Neill said: “I think you could tell it was a game that meant a lot to both teams, there wasn’t a lot of quality from either side. It was an arm wrestle from the first minute to the last, we were desperate to get to some quality. The penalty miss was a big one in the first half and I think we had the best chance, Owen hasn’t really had a save to make.”

“I think it is hard to play at 100mph and still play with quality too, we cannot play a slow game as we are athletic and a running team. You look at the Blyth game we started exactly the same and really took it to Telford tonight but the difference was we got the penalty and missed it. It is a point on the board, you could tell neither side wanted to get beat and both teams could have won.”

“It is a positive to have Prince back after four games, considering the amount of time he has been out he came back and acquited himself well. It was great to have him back.”

“I thought James Gale was excellent tonight, he fought for every ball, he was strong with his back to goal and he was getting us fouls as well as heading the ball out of his own box.”

“They are coming thick and fast now, there is 11 games left and a lot of points to play for. You can see tonight we are up for it so let’s bring it on and see who can come out on top.”

Tickets for the game with Chester can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day with cash payment only or online in advance for home fans here and away fans here. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside here.

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