Fri, Jan


THE LEAVE of World Cup absence granted to Dwight Yorke has not been well received in every corner of the North-west. Manchester United's joy at learning that their Trinidad and Tobago striker will be free, after all, for their European Cup quarter-final is not shared, for instance, by Chester City.

Their scoring sensation Angus Eve - twice on target in the rock- bottom Third Division club's surprise 5-0 demolition of Mansfield on Saturday - will be ruled out of Chester's plans for the next three weeks, undermining their chances of preserving their Nationwide League status.

The 28-year-old striker has an impressive scoring record for the islands' team and wants to extend it. But he faces a difficult dilemma without the same consideration as Yorke appears to enjoy. "I don't really want to go because I want to help Chester stay in the Third Division," he told the club's official website.

"I'm enjoying myself here and I like the place and the people. The manager is doing a good job. Although I'm ambitious to play at the highest level my immediate goal is to help Chester off the bottom."

Eve is a big favourite with Trinidad's Fifa executive member, Jack Warner. It was from Warner's club, Joe Public FC, that Eve joined Chester last October, following the trail to England established by Yorke, Port Vale's Tony Rougier, Stern John of Nottingham Forest and Crewe Alexandra's Clayton Ince.

Eve's international record for the recent Gold Cup semi-finalists makes compelling reading. He has been captain on many occasions and 88 appearances have yielded 41 goals.