Town aim to extend perfect start at Chester

Gareth Seddon battles for the ball in last season's clash at the Deva Stadium
Gareth Seddon battles for the ball in last season's clash at the Deva Stadium
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FC Halifax Town head to Chester tomorrow (3pm kick-off) aiming to maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the season.

Town have seen off Dover, Southport and Welling so far this season, winning their opening three games for the first time since 2009.

Chester lost their first two games against Barnet, 5-0, and Forest Green, 2-1, this season but recovered to beat Braintree 3-1 last time out.

Steve Burr’s side were given a reprieve in the close season after Hereford United were thrown out of the Conference for failure to pay their football creditors.

That came after Chester were relegated on the last day of the season when they were pegged back late on by Salisbury City to draw 2-2, while Hereford netted a last-gasp winner at Aldershot to win 2-1 and avoid the trapdoor.

Since then, 12 players have been brought into the club after a mass exodus of last season’s squad.

Midfielder Danny Harrison will miss the match as he is serving the last of his three-game suspension for his red card against Barnet.

Former Scotland international Chris Iwelumo should pose a big threat for Chester, as should John Rooney, younger brother of Wayne, who impressed in the club’s win over Halifax back in February.

Richard Peniket and Jamie Jackson are both pushing for starts after superb second-half displays against Welling, with Adam Smith and Danny Schofield under threat for their starting places.

Town’s last visit to the Deva Stadium saw them lose 2-1 in dramatic circumstances as Jamie Menagh grabbed a stoppage time winner less than a minute after James Bolton’s late equaliser.

Town’s last win at Chester came in the FA Trophy back in January 2004 thanks to goals from Lewis Killeen and Andy Farrell.

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