Neil Young knows exactly what to expect as Chester FC make an historic trip to Warrington Town’s Cantilever Park tomorrow (7.45pm).
Young, who looked on as Warrington opened their campaign with a 3-1 success at Ossett Albion on Saturday, is all too aware of the threat posed by Joey Dunn’s side.
The Chester boss saw his former club Colwyn Bay win 1-0 at Warrington last season, while they suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat to the team who finished ninth in Division One North overall.
“I have played against them on numerous occasions,” explained Young. “I know their manager very well and they are a good side who know the league.
“They stay in your face for the whole 90 minutes, they are used to the rough and tough and we need to be prepared for a physical challenge.”
Two men accustomed to the physical side of the game are Chester strikers Michael Wilde and Rob Hopley.
Wilde has become a fans’ favourite since moving to the Deva Stadium, while Hopley netted twice in the win over Nantwich as he continues to return to full fitness following a serious knee injury.
While Young has been pleased with the duo, Chester winger Mark Peers is delighted to have them in attack, especially given that he will be providing the ammunition.
“Last season there was James Dean (at Halifax) who was that kind of player but having two that are that kind of player is fantastic,” he said.
“When we played with Wilde and (Andy) Burgess in behind it didn’t quite work the other night because Burgess likes to get on the ball a bit more.
“With Wilde and Hopley there are so many problems, they compete for everything, they work hard and it is a joy to be playing in the same team as them to be honest.”
Peers has caught the eye with two sublime pre-season strikes and a number of impressive performances on both flanks, switching with Iain Howard to great effect.
And Peers is hoping that his versatility will see him and Chester enjoy a successful campaign: “We switched over against FC United the other night and it worked before I came off with Iain cutting inside,” he said.
“I do like to play on the left because I can cut inside as well. But I am more natural on the right just like Iain is on the left, we can whip crosses in for Wilde and Hopley.
“I am sure you will see me playing on the left throughout the season, we have Roger Sharrock as well, he is just coming back to fitness and is sharp.
“It is looking good at the moment and we are all happy and confident.”
Meanwhile, Adriano Rigoglioso is relishing the arrival of competitive football following nine pre-season matches.
The ex-Liverpool youth has seen Chester claim six wins and a draw from their outings against teams including Aberystwyth Town, FC United, Tranmere Rovers and a youthful Wigan side.
“Some of the games have been tough while some we have been able to wipe the floor with other teams,” he explained.
“The match against FC United, the one against Aberystwyth and the Nantwich game are matches that we got the most out of.
“We can’t choose who we play against. We need to give it our all and beat what is front of us.
“We are looking good and we know what we need to do.
“It feels like we have had a quarter of the season because we have come back quite early, but we are ready and it has put us in good stead.”
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