Chester’s teenage midfielder Sam Hughes is desperate to rectify September’s Prenton Park Derby defeat with a victory over Tranmere on Sunday.

Hughes cites a local Derby victory at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium over Wrexham as a reason to be positive ahead of the lunchtime crunch clash.

Speaking to, Sam said: “We know as a team we got beat there 2-0 and we want to put that right. It’s a derby and we want to beat them here.

“We beat Wrexham here – and we want to do the same to Tranmere.”

It will be a memorable game for the physical midfielder, especially with his Wirral based connections.

Also, the teenager academy product made his first team debut in the reverse fixture back on September 12 as a substitute.

“It was a bit different for me coming on at half time. It was mixed emotions when I played. It was my first game and it was so high profile.”

It’s been an eventful week for Hughes – having made his first National League start last Tuesday in the 3-0 triumph over Altrincham; before being in the starting XI on the weekend at Kidderminster.

Sam capped it off by putting in another solid display on Tuesday against Warrington Town – as the Blues advanced to the Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-Finals.

He said: “It’s been good. It was nice to get my first league start. I’ve been pushing for that starting place and I was glad to get it against Altrincham.

“Great to play against Kidderminster too – but I know I’ve got to kick on and keep my place in this side. We have a couple of injuries so it’s down to me to keep performing well.”

Sam has also been involved in the Community Trust this season – who would have been delighted with the news last night; Chester’s Principal Partner MBNA signing a new three-year sponsorship deal with the club.

“Earlier on in the season, Macca (Jon McCarthy) said it would be a good chance so I got myself involved. I’ve been doing a bit of coaching and everything looking ahead into the future.

“It’s good to work with loads of different age groups – you work with 3-4 year olds and then some lads that are 16-17 years old. You get a full range of ages. I enjoy it.”

Sam was speaking off the back of an impressive 4-0 win over Warrington in the Senior Cup Quarter Finals.

“It was a good win for us. They’re doing well in their league so games like this can be tough – but we went about it well. We moved the ball well, and scoring four goals was great – always good to win by a good margin.

“Overall, it was a good performance and it gives us confidence going into the Tranmere game.”


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