Out of the gloom at crisis-hit Chester, the club’s youngsters continue to represent a beacon of light.
Academy trio James Jones, Tom Crawford and Matty Waters have all done Chester proud when called upon over the past two months, while Nathan Brown has been involved with the squad and fellow youth team duo Cain Noble and Matty Thomson have both signed first-team terms for the rest of the season.
For boss Marcus Bignot, seeing the progression of his teenage talents – nurtured in the academy by head coach Calum McIntyre – has provided some much-needed positivity in what has been a miserable season which is set to result in relegation from the National League. And Jones in particular, having made his England C debut last week in a 3-2 win over Wales, has impressed Bignot with his maturity during such a testing phase for the Blues.
“James came on at an important time so (Paul) Fairclough (England C manager) showed a lot of faith in him in terms of bringing him on at 2-1,” he said.
“We all want to win matches, especially when it’s England v Wales, there’s even more importance. His contribution to the third goal, driving out and playing a lovely reverse pass, he’s showing signs of developing in the right way.
“He can be pleased with his performance; the next challenge is to get a full start.”
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