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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Reds boss Darren Edmondson: Runaway leaders Chester don't scare us

WORKINGTON Reds boss Darren Edmondson has vowed his side will not be frightened by the prospect of facing runaway league leaders Chester.

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Reds boss Darren Edmondson: ‘We have a record to set straight’

Edmondson should have a full squad to pick from for the match which is expected to attract Reds’ biggest crowd of the season.

Jonny Wright and new loanee Jonathan Hooper both missed last Saturday’s 4-1 win at Stalybridge with a sickness bug, but have now recovered.

Midfielder Phil McLuckie was unable to get a swap from his work commitments but is available for selection today.

Defender Lee Andrews was not 100 per cent fit at Stalybridge, but played despite suffering from a chest infection but antibiotics have done their job and he’s also ready to go again.

Edmondson said: “Obviously this is a huge test because I don’t think there’s any doubt that we are playing this season’s Blue Square North champions. Only two teams, Boston and Bradford have managed to take points off them in the league, while Halifax beat them in the FA Cup.

“They do have a very strong squad and have set-out their stall to get back up to Conference Premier level as quickly as they can.

“But we will not be overawed. We will respect their record but we won’t be frightened by it because we go into the game on a bit of form ourselves.

“The two away wins in a row at Gloucester and Stalybridge were based on some solid work and some very good football. I was particularly pleased with the four goals we scored last Saturday.

“I have been trying to get a new face in for the week-end but it just didn’t quite happen. However, having everybody fit and available is a big boost for us and we will be given our team selection some thought. The mind-set has to be just a little different at home.”

Chester needed a second-half hat-trick from ex-Carlisle striker Craig Curran to beat Bishop’s Stortford 4-1 last Saturday. All square 1-1 at the break the introduction of Curran, on loan from Rochdale, made the difference as he scored three times after coming on after 59 minutes.

Curran was back in the starting line-up on Wednesday but didn’t score as Chester again needed second-half goals to beat Harrogate 2-0.

“They beat us 1-0 down there early in the season with substitute Ben Mills scoring in the second-half. I thought we did well against a big budget side,” said the Reds boss.

Reds (from): Taylor, Cowperthwaite, Rowntree, May, Andrews, Wordsworth, Vaulks, McLuckie, Hewson, Boyd, A Wright, J Wright, Mwasile, Arnison, Hooper, Greenhalgh, Scott, Dixon.

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