LOUIS GRAY is hoping it's case of third time lucky on Saturday when Chester attempt to finally register victory against Curzon Ashton.

The teams have already met twice this season with Curzon coming out on top on both occasions.

The Blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at The Deva Stadium in the second match of the National League North season and lost 2-1 at Curzon in November's FA Trophy second round tie.

Steve Watson's side are back at The Tameside Stadium for this weekend's league game and goalkeeper Gray wants to put the record straight against the ninth placed hosts.

"Curzon are doing alright to be fair," said Gray.

"They beat us first home game of the season and then they beat us in the FA Trophy so we owe them one from earlier in the season.

"They are coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Kettering on Saturday but in this league, you can't really read into form or table places.

"Anyone can beat anyone, it is just whoever turns up on the day and we are looking to bounce back ourselves."

Chester, 16th in the standings, went down 1-0 at Bradford Park Avenue in their last outing a fortnight ago, losing for the first time since Steve Watson took over as manager.

A win and two draws preceded the defeat and Gray feels the Blues should have taken more points from the four matches.

"The new gaffer is really good," added Gray.

"He has come in and changed a few things, all the lads have taken to him well.

"He has brought in new faces and we are disappointed not to take 12 points from his first four games, we have only got ourselves to blame for that.

"If would be a different story if we had but we are not a million miles off it.

"We are just focussing on our next game and obviously we want to bounce back from the Bradford defeat."

Leaders Gateshead host Leamington, second placed Brackley entertain Chorley who are fourth, and Fylde continue their title challenge at home to Guiseley.

Other fixtures: Telford v Darlington; Alfreton v Blyth; Bradford (Park Avenue) v Kettering; Farsley v Hereford; Gloucester v Southport; Kidderminster v York; Spennymoor v Boston.