Calum McIntyre has called on Chester's 'incredible' youngsters to deliver on the big stage and lift the National League Under-19 Alliance Cup.

The Blues' Academy stars are just 90 minutes away from more silverware in an already successful campaign, but standing in their way is FC Halifax Town at Walsall's Banks's Stadium on Wednesday night (7pm).

The talented teenagers have already won Division K of the National League Alliance, going through the season unbeaten, and have seen off the likes of Gateshead and Boreham Wood en route to the final.

"The cup run has been an unbelievable sub plot in a difficult season for the club," head coach McIntyre said.

"These boys have shown how proud they are to represent Chester and what they have achieved is incredible.

"It's going to be a huge test for our group. We have been significantly younger than pretty much every side we've come up against this season. We've found that most clubs look to play Under 19 players at this level, whereas for us we would refer to them as a first-year professional. So many clubs look to play their Under 19s in a Youth league whereas our lads of Under 19 age are playing first-team football and getting called up for England C.

"Halifax are a terrific set up and I am full of praise and respect for what Mark Trueman and Steve Nichol have achieved. Mark and I have been in touch before to assist with one another's preparations in the FA Youth Cup so I rate him and what he's about.

"I need everyone on Wednesday. I am fully behind my players and I will do everything I can to deliver for them on Wednesday," he continued, with Chester set to be backed by a sizeable following at Walsall.

"They're my boys and my staff are my people. They've been unbelievable for me and I want this for them. The supporters have been unbelievable for us right the way through this competition and we need you again one more time.

"We need you to lift us when we're up against us and I need you to show these boys that you're behind them. Get right behind us from the off, you'll be getting behind a group who will graft for ninety minutes and have flown the flag for the club this season. I know what the supporters of this club are about and I need every one of you on Wednesday."

Chester's youth academy has flourished in the past 24 months, producing talent such as Sam Hughes, who was subject of a £130,000 move to Leicester City last summer, and other first-team graduates including Tom Crawford, James Jones, Nathan Brown, Matty Thomson and Cain Noble, all involved with the seniors by the end of the campaign.

"The Youth section at this football club believes in the impossible and delivers the improbable," 24-year-old McIntyre added. "We have had nine (first-team) debuts, two England C internationals and a lad in the Premier League in the last 12 months. It's not bad going really is it?

"It feels like everything is stacked is against us but I feel so, so used to that scenario. Halifax have had three weeks without a competitive game, whereas we have played five times since they last kicked a ball. Add in the age of our squad and the fact we played on Sunday and everyone will be pointing to a Halifax win. I've never made any excuses or bought into an underdog tag.

"We saw off the best side in the country in the last round, defied the circumstances to win down in London in the round before and dealt with the pressure of playing in front of 1,000 people before that. I was told that we couldn't ever make the competition proper of the FA Youth Cup but those nights against Bolton and Fleetwood weren't an accident."