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MATCH PREVIEW

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07:30 23rd October 2015

Can Blues round off the Robins?

Chester enter the FA Cup at Fourth Qualifying Round stage this weekend, and make the short journey to Moss Lane to take on Vanarama National League rivals Altrincham.

The Blues will be hoping that another memorable FA Cup run can get started on the road, after last season saw them oust Stockport County and Southend United on their travels, then get a draw at League One Barnsley before losing out in the replay.

Luke George remains hopeful of making a return to the side, having missed two months of action through injury. James Roberts, who made a goalscoring return to the side last weekend against FC Halifax Town, also picked up an injury in the game and has not been permitted to play by his parent club Oxford United anyway.

Altrincham, who finished 17th in the division last season and are currently 19th, have a proud history in the FA Cup. Fans may remember them winning a cup tie between the two sides in 1992, with Clive Freeman's goal memorable in what was classed as a giant-killing at the time. The Robins made the First Round Proper last year, but were surprisingly knocked out by Blyth Spartans.

Things have been patchy for the Robins in the league so far, but they have beaten the likes of Cheltenham Town, Tranmere Rovers, and Grimsby Town on home soil, and were just moments away from a win at Gateshead last weekend.

Manager Lee Sinnott is now in his fifth season at Alty. More than half of their goals so far this season have been scored by George Bowerman and Michael Rankine.

Two ex-Chester players in their ranks are Adam Griffin, who made a single appearance for the Blues during a loan spell in 2003, and midfielder Josh O’Keefe, who featured on loan here last season.

Last season's matches against Altrincham were not ones to remember for Blues fans, with the 4-1 defeat at Moss Rose a disappointing start to 2015. At home a few days earlier, the Blues had also been beaten 2-0.

They last won at Altrincham early in the 2012/13 season, with a Ben Mills brace a crucial part of an entertaining 4-2 victory.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm. Altrincham have confirmed that segregation will be in place, and details of the ground and admission prices can be found at http://www.altrinchamfc.co.uk/ground.htm

Flashback: A look back at this weekend last year, when Chester and Stockport County battled out an excellent cup tie with Sean McConville in fine form against his former club - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_qiUSzoy4w

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