Steve Burr says Saturday’s FA Trophy success at AFC Telford United has put a ‘spring in the step’ of his Chester FC players.
A Ross Hannah brace earned the Blues a 2-0 win at a sodden New Bucks Head and a home draw with Evo-Stik Southern Premier League side Hungerford Town on January 16.
And with his side’s poor league form of late having seen them slide down the National League table, Burr is hopeful that their Trophy triumph can act as a catalyst for an improved run of results in the league, starting with the visit of struggling Torquay United on Saturday (3pm).
“It’s always the same when you win and the lads have had a had spring in their step in training this week,” said the Blues boss.
“It has helped bring that bit of confidence that we have maybe missed. It was a good win at Telford and I was really pleased with the way we acquitted ourselves in difficult conditions.
“A top-half finish is our aim and hopefully this can act as a bit of a catalyst for us to go on and enjoy a good Christmas period and head into the New Year full of confidence. Hopefully that can start on Saturday against Torquay.
“We’ve struggled to break into that top half this season but we still believe we have the players to do it, but I’m not totally happy with the way things are functioning at the moment. There is still a lot of room for improvement.”
Burr was delighted to see his side handed a home draw for the first time in two years, and the first of his managerial reign at the Blues.
But despite them being undoubted favourites to progress to round three, Burr appreciates that the Berkshire side, currently third in their league and boasting one of the most potent strikers outside the National League in 13-goal Nathaniel Jarvis, will pose a real test for Chester.
“A home tie is what we wanted as we haven’t had one for two years and I haven’t had one since I have been manager,” said Burr.
“It’s great to have home advantage and for our fans not to have to travel long distances, but Hungerford are a good side and going well in their league.
“They’re up there going for promotion with the likes of Leamington, who had a great result against Altrincham last night (Tuesday), holding them to a draw in the Trophy, so we won’t be taking them lightly.
“But we have to be happy with the draw as it could have been worse. Our focus now, though, is the league and to make sure we start picking up some points and climbing the table.
“Christmas is a tough period with so many fixtures but it’s the same for everybody.
“Hopefully we’ll have a better time of it than we did last year.”