Steve Burr has thrown down the gauntlet to his players after conceding time is against Chester FC.

Burr’s side slipped into the relegation zone this week, swapping places with Tamworth – althoug h only a single goal separates the two.

Along with Southport and Dartford, the four are battling to avoid joining doomed bottom club Hyde.

Sixteen games remain so the Blues have plenty to play for, but three straight losses have underlined the challenge facing the manager.

Burr said: "Every game is crucial because of the situation we are in.

“Time is not on our side and that is the message I've been putting across to the lads this week because we need an instant impact from everyone.”

Burr won his first two games in charge but has since seen his side concede nine goals in the losses to Forest Green Rovers, Welling United and Macclesfield Town.

Mistakes and poor decisions have contributed to the majority of those goals, something Burr says needs  to stop.

He said: "It's down to individuals taking responsibility for themselves and making the right decisions.

"I've said before that I can't get inside the bodies on the pitch and make them do the right thing so I have to trust them to do that out on the pitch.

“We have got to give everything and make sure we do the right things at both ends of the pitch, particularly at the back where we need to defend like our lives depend on it.”

FC Halifax Town visit the Swansway Chester Stadium tonight in a game that will be broadcast live on television (7.30pm).

Like the Blues, the Shaymen won promotion to the Skrill Premier last season.

Unlike the Blues, manager Neil Aspin and his players have found the step up far more easier and are sitting in eighth spot.

"Neil is a good friend of mine and I know how good a job he's done with all of his clubs so it's not surprise to me to see them doing so well,” said Burr.

"But what  I'm more concerned with  at the moment is what we are doing and getting that right so we can get some results.

"The support we've had so far has been unbelievable given the position we are in.

"Now I want us to give the fans something to cheer and to give them some hope that we can survive this season.”

Under 16s can watch tonight’s game  for free and prices have been slashed for students with tickets costing only £5 on production of a valid NUS card.

Broadcast live on BT Sport, the match will  be the first Blues game to be shown on television since the fan-owned club reformed in 2010.