TABLE-TOPPING Chester resume their National League Three North title charge this weekend with the pressure firmly on.
Second-placed Harrogate won their game in hand last Saturday – 35-12 at Penrith – to close the gap on the long-term leaders to just five points.
Chester have missed the chance to win the championship in the past two seasons despite being favourites to do so.
Father-to-be Nic Corrigan, who is in his first full season at Hare Lane, is determined to achieve promotion at the third time of asking.
And the Chester head coach believes a victory at in-form Burnage on Saturday (3pm) will send out a message to Harrogate.
Corrigan, whose wife is due to give birth to their first child any day, said: “Only one team is going to be top at the end of February and that is us.
“Are we in the position that Harrogate want to be? Absolutely.
“What we’ve got to do is go to Burnage and deliver a performance.
“I’ve seen green shoots of one coming in 2013 but Saturday is the time to deliver one.”
Burnage is a suburb of Manchester and is famous for being the childhood home of Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher.
The rugby club, however, is based in Heaton Mersey in Stockport and its first team play on a 3G artificial pitch.
Corrigan, who will be at full strength other than Ross White, does not believe the pitch will pose a problem to his players as they have trained on a similar surface at Widnes Vikings RLFC throughout the season.