Chester FC manager Neil Young insists this coming season will not be a walk in the park for his newly-promoted side
The Blues, who earned promotion to the Blue Square Bet North having won the Northern Premier League division last term, have been listed as 4/1 pre-season title favourites.
This, after last season’s success for the Deva Stadium outfit came on the back of their North League One promotion at the close of the 2010/11 campaign.
Back-to-back promotions for a club only formed two years ago will impress most bookies, although Young reckons there are plenty of other title contenders to be wary of.
“I believe we have been made favourites to win promotion but that is more about our supporters and the last two years,” the Seals boss told The Leader.
“We have a big fan-base and they have put money on in the past two seasons meaning that the odds are often shorter.
“Halifax have got to be favourites. With the players they are looking to bring in then they will be challenging.
“They are expected to spend big but they have the money to do so,” said Young.
“They had a good FA Cup run and played against Charlton, while they got the money from Vardy’s move.
“I keep saying though that they can only put 11 players out on the pitch at any one time.”
Young added: “It is a hard league the Conference North. It is the biggest jump we have had in terms of ability and there will be a lot of tough fixtures.
“Halifax will be strong but so too will the other favourites and the likes of Guiseley, Altrincham and Harrogate.”