DOMINIC COLLINS believes his team can capitalise from a good run in the FA Trophy.
The Chester defender is looking forward to playing a key role in his team’s third qualifying round home tie on Saturday against Worksop Town at the Exacta Stadium (3pm kick-off).
“Promotion is our main priority, but it would be great to do well in the FA Trophy and see the club benefiting from a money-spinning run,” Collins said.
“I experienced a great run in the competition last season when I was at Northwich Victoria. We reached the quarter-final and found ourselves 2-0 up against Newport County before throwing it all away in the last eight minutes.
“Everybody felt so frustrated afterwards when we looked back on the defeat because we knew we could have reached the last four and gone on to appear in a final at Wembley Stadium.
“I’m sure the gaffer will be taking this Saturday’s game very seriously because clubs know they can pick up decent money from the FA Trophy if they can go on a run.
“I know we were all disappointed about going out of the FA Cup after our replay defeat at Halifax, so it would be great to see us compensating for that with an exciting time in the FA Trophy.”
Collins and the rest of the Chester squad were given the weekend off after last Tuesday’s 3-0 league victory at neighbours Vauxhall Motors.
He added: “The gaffer gave us the weekend off, but we were back in training last night with tomorrow’s Cheshire FA Senior Cup tie at Cheadle Town in mind.
“A lot of people would have liked us to have played on Saturday and build on the momentum of our victory at Vauxhall last week, but the rest gives us a chance to recover from illness and injuries.
“I’m hoping we will all be raring to go when Saturday’s FA Trophy tie comes round. The gaffer went to see our opponents, Worksop Town, draw 1-1 at Chorley on Saturday and I know he is taking the weekend tie seriously.
“I remember Worksop being a big, physical team, from my time at Northwich and, although they play in the league below, I think we can probably expect a tough test.”
Collins, who has made eight starts for the Blues so far this term, is hoping he can help Chester keep a cleansheet at the weekend.
He said: “We haven’t had too many cleansheets this season, but it felt good to come away from Vauxhall with a 3-0 win last week.
“George (Horan), Linny (Paul Linwood), and I are all now competing for places in central defence now that Tayls (Michael Taylor) has left to join AFC Fylde.
“I got to know Tayls well in pre-season and it was a shame that things didn’t work out for him at Chester.
“But we still have a strong squad and we all have a lot of faith in John Danby who has pulled off a number of great saves in our recent games.”
- Former Chester goalkeeper Richard Whiteside has joined Lancaster City.
Whiteside, who started his career at Kirkham and Wesham, has played for Morecambe, Kendal, Southport, Burscough, and AFC Fylde.
Lancaster have also signed former Vauxhall Motors defender Rory Winters.